Roger Federer said Monday that he was happy that friend and rival Rafael Nadal took home another French Open title. The Swiss also reminded reporters that he always thought Rafa was the favorite to win despite his less than Rafa-like results this spring.
“I was very happy for him because it’s tremendous what he proves on clay every year,” Federer said at Halle.
“You have to raise your hat to him. For me, it was clear before that he is the favorite. Now, everybody says that it was evident that he’ll win. But before it was said that he can’t play tennis anymore because he had lost on clay twice. Therefore, I think it’s nice that he proved them otherwise.”
Federer will open his title defense and a bid for a seventh crown against Joao Sousa of Portugal.
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