Roger Federer spoke to the press today at the French Open to address the state of his game. When asked if he would like to tell his grandchildren that he once beat Rafael Nadal at the tournament, Federer responded that it didn’t matter to him. Here’s why:
“Not very important,” Federer said. “Because I won the French Open already. So that’s what matters, not to beat him here necessarily. And I have done it elsewhere.”
Federer then talked more about Nadal’s level this year compared to the past.
“You know he’s not going to give you a match,” he said. “Because he plays with a lot of margin, a lot of topspin, a lot of pace, stands far behind the baseline, and is very focused. Overall, you know what you’re going to get, so you have to play a really good match against him to have a chance.
“And then you still might lose. So it’s amazing for how long he’s done it and for how consistent he’s done it, you know, to play at this high level on clay. He’s a little less dangerous on clay overall because of the speed of the surface.
“But nevertheless, it’s a great effort by him, mental side and physical side. So he’s done really well. His level of play compares to what he’s done always. I think the results show again this year how good he’s playing.”
Seeking a second French Open and with it a second Career Slam, Federer opens play Sunday or Monday in the first round against promising Spanish qualifier Pablo Carreno Busta.
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