Rafael Nadal has dig at Roger Federer for avoiding him on clay
Rafa Nadal has jokingly suggested that Roger Federer is avoiding playing him on clay.
Nadal is returning to competitive action in Monte-Carlo this week, but his old rival Federer has revealed that – for the second year in succession – he will miss the entire clay court season.
That announcement seemingly caught Nadal by surprise, as the Spaniard joked:
" He says he will love to play against me again in best-of-five sets on clay. He said that a couple of days ago – and I thought he would play Roland Garros. Then a few days later he says he will not play in one event, so there’s a little bit of controversy with that."
Nadal will be favourite to win in Monte-Carlo as he bids to win the event for a remarkable 11th time in his career.
And the World No. 1 says he’s feeling in fine fettle as he returns to action.
“I feel good,” he said. “I’m practising well, I am playing with the right intensity I think.”
Federer’s decision to withdraw from last year’s clay season paid dividends, with the Swiss star going on to win Wimbledon.