Rafael Nadal: Roger Will Be A Challenge, He Is Playing Fantastic
by Tom Gainey | November 21st, 2011, 6:12 pm

Despite a 17-8 series lead, Rafael Nadal recognizes that he may be the underdog tomorrow when he meets Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Their 26th career meeting will be the first in round-robin. Federer last win against Rafa came at the Barclays a year ago in the finals.

“It will be a challenge for me,” said Nadal yesterday. “He’s playing fantastic, winning two tournaments in a row, and now today. It will be a very difficult match. I will try.”

Nadal was lucky to win Sunday over Mardy Fish in a third set tiebreaker. Nadal was ill in the third set with a stomach issue.

“The third set was a little bit more crazy, up and down,” said Nadal. “But I felt very bad from the stomach since the beginning of the third. I was seriously really lucky for the victory, and I for sure am very happy.

“I just eat some pasta before the match,” he added. “For the lunch, I eat some pasta with salmon at the hotel. So nothing strange and nothing unusual. That’s the true, no? But during the match, start to feel something half of the second set. But really getting worst and worst at beginning of the third. After going to the toilet with the 2‑Love, I went with 2‑Love because I asked to the umpire that I needed to go to the toilet.”

Fortunately Nadal sounds confident he’ll be 100% for the match tomorrow.

Nadal also responded to Yannick Noah’s assertion that Spanish players are doping.

“This guy deserve not write anymore in the newspaper,” Nadals said. “What he said is completely stupid and he knows better than nobody. Say that today is a totally stupid thing because you know how many anti‑doping controls we are having during all the season year by year. So, in my opinion, his article, what he writed, was from a kid. And when one kid say something, is not painful for us. So that’s what I feel.
I don’t know how to say in English, but especially I think that’s worst for French, for France. Is worst for his country than for our country, in my opinion, because the image of the country when one guy, important guy like him, say that, is terrible.”

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9 Comments for Rafael Nadal: Roger Will Be A Challenge, He Is Playing Fantastic

owusu Says:

vamos rafa!

M Says:

FEDAL forever!

Allez Roger!
Vamos Rafa!

Kimberly Says:

Usually I pick Nadal as a favorite but given the way Feds been playing + the surface + best of three not best of 5, I would be surprised if Rafa gets a set. He has never really challenged Federer at the world tour final, in fact got blown out in under an hour once. However, in any other venue excluding Cininatti, Shang Hai and Paris, I like Rafa’s chances.

Kimberly Says:

^^^^^^even last year when he got a set it seemed sort of flukey, like Fed had one loose game but he really dominated the match.

Fish Tsonga is too close to call although it could totally be a blowout one way or the other.

I have no idea what is going on with the other side of the draw, as chaos seems to erupt with David Ferrer in first place. Maybe the 6 people Grendel and I sneered at know something we don’t.

carlo Says:

Well. if Davydenko can lift the WTF trophy, why not Ferrer. Okay, so I can’t actually visualize that happening. But it wasn’t me voting 6 times for Ferrer. lol

Nadal could really boost his season by doing what comes naturally and owning the Fedal; then, advancing to take some revenge on a rusty Djokovic. Nadal also needs a WTF title. I think he’s going for it. And I changed my vote accordingly. lol’s at changing the vote.

Michael Says:

What a fantastic match in prospect. This is what the Tennis fans are eagerly awaiting. A Federer-Nadal match which is the spectacle of Tennis. As regards the outcome, I cannot say anything for certain. But given the record Federer has against Nadal in World Tour finals, I would give him an edge. However, if we go by the H2H then Nadal has good chances. It will all boil down to the form of the player on that particular day. If Federer serves and plays well he wins no matter how Nadal plays. On the other hand, Nadal’s prospect depends on Federer’s inconsistency.

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someone Says:

Yannick Noah is right. Everyone that watches Nadal knows he is on steroids

alison hodge Says:

i agree with what everyones saying,rafas my favourite player,but rogers great and amazing,any other time i would give rafa the edge,this surface favours roger though,however i hope to see an open and well contested match,when these two play each other tennis is always the winner no matter what happens,we are lucky to have them both still at the very top of the game,allez roger vamos rafa.

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