Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are perhaps two of the greatest tennis players the world has seen and their rivalry on all surfaces was a treat to watch. Nadal, who is also known as the King of Clay, had the upper hand whenever the duo met in the Finals of the French Open and Roger Federer has admitted that Rafa was superior to him on clay as the former World number one Swiss maestro heaped praised on the Spaniard.
“Sometimes I was outplayed, sometimes I was close, but was never good enough to beat him at the French. But I never lost hope or faith that could happen. He’s a lefty all that spin, we’ve not seen spin like that before. I had to change so many things to match him.” said Federer according to vavel.com.
The Swiss player added that his rivalry with Nadal will be difficult to replace and he has always been his greatest rival. He also mentioned the epic 2008 Wimbledon final with Rafa which to many is the greatest ever Wimbledon final.
” For me, he has been the greatest rival. It could still change if I play Novak another few times in bigger matches. Novak and I have obviously had really big matches, but somehow the match-up with Rafa will always say unique because of the Wimbledon final in 2008.” added Federer.