Roger Federer is back to lose against Rafael Nadal on clay this year, in the French Open semifinals. The Swiss spoke about his rivarly with the Spaniard on the dirt where the Basel native only prevailed twice. "Clearly Rafa has always had an advantage over me on a clay court and the record confirms that.
I tried many different things to change that head-to-head, changing a few things on my backhand, looking at different tactics, but he had the answers on clay. We see our matches on other surfaces are quite close, but this is where he has been dominant and at this point in my career, I have to give myself the best chance of winning tournaments and that is why I missed the clay court season in the previous years", said Federer.
Dominic Thiem spoke about his chances on clay against Nadal. The Austrian said: "Until when Rafa is there and plays well, it will be hard, there will be really few opportunities for others, but aside him, the field is very open."
Borna Coric lost to Nadal, Federer and Djokovic multiple times. The Croat stated: "It's very tough. They are at the peak, they play incredible tennis. It's very tough to beat them, not only once but just to have continuous good results.
It's going to take some time for sure, but I hope we can do it in the next years." Federer is competing in this week's Shanghai Masters where he features as a second seeded player.