As Rafael Nadal readies for another showdown with Novak Djokovic later today in the Monte Caro semifinals, the King of Clay admitted that he prefers playing the easier guys, not the best.
“I prefer to win,” Nadal said after beating David Ferrer in the quarterfinals. “I not stupid. Playing against the best players, the chances to win are less than playing against another players, no? I don’t believe the players who say, No, I want to play against the best in the final. They are lying you. Everybody wants to play against the easier opponent possible to have the title at the end. The most important thing is win the tournament.”
“Sometimes at the end of the day matters against who you do it because for personal satisfaction is a little bit better. Depends the opponent. But what stays there is the title for the rest of the story, not against you, not against who you won that title.
“I prefer to play against an easier opponent than Novak, without any doubt. But I going to play with Novak tomorrow. I don’t going to change that.”
Earlier in the week Rafa commented that some young players simply aren’t good enough to make it on the tour, dispelling the notion that physicality has been playing a big role in the development of the youth.
Nadal leads Novak 23-19 in their head-to-head, and he’s won 14 of 18 on clay, but Novak is World No. 1 and has been in dominant form this year.
Rafa hasn’t beaten a Top 10 player since his French Open win over Djokovic last year.
With the Ferrer win, Rafa just earned his first victory over a Top 10 player since the French Open.
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