Roger Federer praised Rafael Nadal for making him evolve and become a better player. The Basel native said: "Rafa definitely has been very particular in my career. I think he made me a better player. … It remains for me the ultimate challenge to play against him.
So it’s definitely very special. I’m his No. 1 fan; I think his game is simply tremendous. He’s an incredible competitor, and I’m happy we’ve had some epic battles in the past”. On how he picks outfits, he added: “You need things that mix and match and that you don’t have to think about too much."
Federer also revealed: “People think we have big dressing rooms, but we have a little corner and two minutes to get ready." Then he concluded: “I’m kind of famous for not sweating so much. Arthur Ashe last year might have been the most humidest place ever”.
Nadal said: "We got to this point playing for history in every tournament we played. I do not see tennis just this way. I want to compete well and be prepared to give myself a shot to aspire to the best. But when I think about it, I do not think about history overall but my history." The Mallorcan will open his run against John Millman, Federer against Sumit Nagal.