Speaking to the press this afternoon Rafael Nadal said that he enjoyed watching Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic slug it out in their thrilling semifinal match yesterday.
“Was fantastic match yesterday to watch, in my opinion,” Nadal said. “So I had lot of fun watching that match.
“I saw him yesterday playing fantastic in every moment,” he said. “My key always the same, play at my best. Sometimes is not enough. But if I play my best hopefully I gonna have my chances.”
Nadal has won 16 of 24 meetings against Federer. He’s also 11-2 against the Swiss on clay.
Unfortunately, the forecast for the final between Nadal and Federer does call for rain. Roger, though, said he’s prepared.
“I prefer the sunshine always and higher bounces,” Nadal said. “So for my game is better if the ball is fast and if the bounces are higher. If the rain is there and the day is cloudy sometimes the ball stays lower. So that’s a little bit an advantage for him. But seriously I don’t have the power to control the weather, so if rain I gonna think that is an advantage for me. If sunny I gonna think is advantage for me. I have to think positive all the time because I cannot control that.”
The match is at 3pm local time in Paris. Nadal must beat Federer to stay No. 1 (corrected, thanks Kimmi!)
(Note, the video only has the first two questions from the press conference. You can see the full version here.)
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