There's a link on Eurosport with this interview - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/tennis/at...o1015914.shtml
Nadal heaps praise on Federer
World number two Rafael Nadal has praised Roger Federer and also said that in any other era he believes he would "already be world number one" because of all the ranking points he has earned.
In an interview with DNA India, Nadal also said that he has nothing but deep respect for the Swiss master and refused to talk up their rivalry.
"I would not call it a rivalry, it's just that we play quite often and all our matches are tough and close which makes them so interesting," he said.
"He's a great player on court and an excellent person off it, he's a very complete player, and he's got every shot.
"For me he is the best player, an amazing player, I have a good relationship with him and have to play at my best, probably at 120%, and try and hold on as much as I can whenever I play him."
Nadal also said that he was happy with his 2006 season, despite it somewhat fizzling out after he reached the Wimbledon final in July.
"I have improved a lot this year with some aspects of my game. I think I play with more comfort and security in my serve, and that's important because now when I'm returning I can play a calmer game.
"This year I have felt a little more solid, a bit tougher on court. I'm not making a lot of mistakes now."
He also said that despite reaching the Wimbledon final, he still has to put in a lot of work on grass, but he admits that it is tournament he would love to win.
"I understand how to play on concrete and clay, and I'm now only missing grass," he conceded.
"I'll give myself two to three years to improve on that. On grass you have to learn to move better, to run better, to serve better, and to move to the front or to the back, you have to get used to the sliding balls.
"When I retire, I want to have a clean conscience and know that I've done everything I could in order to play well on grass.
"(Wimbledon) is a special tournament and I always look forward to playing it each year."
Eurosport - Sean Fay - 23/11/2006 17:05