Roger Federer: Why I have to bow to Rafael Nadal after French Open | Tennis | Sport

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Rafael Nadal won his first Grand Slam of the Year last week as he stormed to victory at Roland Garros.

The Spaniard will now look to follow up his triumph in France when he goes up against Roger Federer at Wimbledon next month.

But there’s been no mind games from Federer in the lead up to the grass tournament, with the Swiss instead being highly complimentary of his rival’s achievements on clay.

“I kind of expected Rafa to win the French Open,” Federer admitted.

“It is not taking anything away from him but he was again that good on clay leading into the French Open, which created a situation expecting him to win.

“It’s hard to find any more superlatives for Rafa. To win a tournament 11 times is per se almost unimaginable.

“And he did it in Paris and makes it look so easy. You’ve got to take a bow and congratulate him.

“I didn’t get to see a lot of the final because I was traveling to Stuttgart first and then I already practiced.

“He didn’t have to prove anything to anybody in Paris and still he did it again. A real champion.

“All the players on the tour can only take a bow before Rafa. It’s really fantastic.”

Federer made his return to action yesterday, coming from a set down to beat Mischa Zverev at the Stuttgart Open.

Meanwhile, Nadal confirmed he would miss the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club as he takes time off to recover from Roland Garros.



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