Roger Federer in awe of Rafael Nadal’s clay court game after brutal Roland Garros reminder

Michael Graham
Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer says he is in awe of Rafael Nadal’s quality on clay after getting to see it up close and personal again.

Federer lost to Nadal in the French Open semi-finals, with the Spaniard a comprehensive winner in straight sets.

The 37-year-old has admired Nadal’s clay-court game from afar after skipping Roland Garros in recent years, but he was more impressed than ever after getting a refresher course.

“He makes you feel uncomfortable the way he defends the court and plays on clay. There is nobody who even plays remotely close to him,” said Federer.

“I don’t even know who I need to go search for to go practice with somebody who plays like him.

“I was thinking that during the match. It’s just amazing how he plays from deep and then is able to bounce back and forth from the baseline.”

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