Rafael Nadal: I Don’t Want To Look Like I’m Going To Be Roger Federer’s Boyfriend
by Tom Gainey | September 6th, 2017, 11:03 pm

Rafael Nadal cruised past Andrey Rublev losing just five games to reach a sixth US Open semifinal. After the easy win over the Russian 19-year-old, the focus was of course on his potential match-up with Roger Federer on Friday, which would be their first at the US Open. When asked of his admiration for the Swiss, Rafa had some fun.

“I don’t want to look like I gonna be his boyfriend, no?” Nadal joked. “We don’t want to talk these kind of things before important match.

“Well, we have a lot of respect for each other, no? We played a lot of times. I think we did important things for tennis. We appreciate that. We always had a good relationship. We played for our foundations.
I think he always have been a great ambassador for tennis and for our sport, with good image, of course, and representing, I think, good values.

“One important thing that is a great example for kids, no, after a lot of years and winning more than nobody, he still have the passion to keep doing what he did during all his career, no? And doing unbelievable well and doing with the right attitude and with the right passion and love for the sport, no?

“So that’s something important for me and something that I admire him, and inside the court, I admire of him the same, as you can admire, because everybody knows how complete is him, and he’s able to produce all the shots.
So let’s see. Of course I think I answered already.”

On the matchup itself, Nadal was just happy to playing in a semifinal at the US Open again.

“I’m excited to be in semifinal, most of anything,” Nadal said. “Happy the way I played today, and let’s see what’s gonna happen tonight and let’s see which opponent I have in that semifinals.

“If it’s Roger Federer, of course I am excited to play that match, and of course is special to play against him here in New York for the first time in our career. That’s something that didn’t happen before and is something strange, because we played couple of times in all the important events of the world, so will be excited and I will be very excited to play that match, of course.”

Nadal will await tonight’s Federer-Juan Martin del Potro battle.

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8 Comments for Rafael Nadal: I Don’t Want To Look Like I’m Going To Be Roger Federer’s Boyfriend

Ronn Says:

hahahaha….this is hilarious. Roger always has been Rafa’s beeotch so it would only be appropriate to call Rafa the “boyfriend” in the relationship.

chrisford1 Says:

One amazing thing about Rafa’s career is how he has a positive head-to-head over just about everybody. Another is he was rated the toughest player to face by his peers. And last, for over a dozen years, like no other player, even Sampras on grass – the feeling most players had facing him on clay that they were going to certain doom, they had no shot.

lylenubbins Says:

I love Rafa’s broken English, I gonna always enjoy reading it, no?

lylenubbins Says:

@ Chris, agree. That’s what makes the GOAT debate do difficult, RF has more slams but Rafa owns RF on the head to head. Joker has fewer slams but has the head to head over both Rafa and RF.

Willow Says:

Lylenubbins i agree, each to their own but its the reason ive never bought into the whole GOAT debate, theres way too many different caveats to that topic, the idea we have a number of all time greats instead is much more appealing, well to me it is anyway ….

BBB Says:

Ah Willow I agree with you. The idea that there’s only one way to look at it is silly. I wish we could simply appreciate that they’re all great, in different ways.

Willow Says:

BBB thanks, sadly it will all fall on deaf ears, some of the Federer fans and Nadal fans for that matter have an obsession that their own favorite must be GOAT and thats it, and thats all that matters, my guy and nobody else, some will never budge no matter what ….

BBB Says:

Yes, Willow. At some point, people are overly invested in the player they support, who after all is a complete stranger.

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