Rafael Nadal says he is reluctant to compare himself to Roger Federer, but believes that when he is at his best he is better than his great rival.
Federer and Nadal have enjoyed a storied rivalry for over a decade, and are currently vying for the record number of career Grand Slam titles.
One-on-one clashes between then players have become rarer in recent times, but last season they met in two Grand Slam semi-finals with them both winning one each.
When asked if he thought he was a better player than Federer, Nadal told L’Equipe: “It depends on the form of the moment.
“If I feel very good, I am better than him. But in the opposite case he is the best.
“It will be quite accurate to say that there is no big difference between us now.
“Who has been the best? If I am honest, I have to say I don’t know.”
Federer currently leads the race for career Grand Slam titles with 20, one ahead of Nadal, who is five years younger.
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