i remember federer was asked if nadal was weak on hard courts and federer said: 'if someone is saying nadal cant play on hardcourts then they dont know tennis.' or something to that effect
That quote is more than two years old already...
Fed also said just before the tournament-- in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS-- that Nadal was the 3rd best on hard courts.
thats denial and it also pisses off Nadal who knows he is a monster force on any surface now if he is not tired, spent, and injured.
No, you both are twisting his words. He was ASKED who he considered the best players on HC, and of course, with last year's results in mind, he thought Djoko to be the second best player after himself, but he instantly added that he thought Nadal would probably be a force, 'perhaps the 3rd best player' as well. Seeing as this interview was held before
any ball on HC had been played, it's more a compliment to Rafa than anything else, as many others had most probably not even mentioned his name, with Rafa's achievements on the US HC courts the past few years in mind...