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Federer: 'Nadal is only human'

CNN -- Roger Federer has exclusively told CNN he feels he could beat reigning champion Rafael Nadal at this year's French Open in Paris, because despite winning the last four tournaments the Spaniard is "only human."

The world number two is hoping this year will prove to be a turning point after suffering three consecutive final defeats to Nadal at Roland Garros.

"He's won four straight times here in Paris which shows how tough he is, but if you play him the right way there's chances, he is only human and we wait for that moment when he is not at his best and hopefully that will be this year," the Swiss said.

The 27-year-old certainly started the right way if he is to mount a succesful challenge, beating Alberto Martin 6-4 6-3 6-2 in under two hours to advance to the second round, setting up a clash with either Jose Acasuso or Santiago Ventura.

Federer's win is another positive result to add to the good form that saw him complete his first victory over Nadal in almost two years when taking the Madrid Open title.

"I feel good, that's most important, I'm confident and feel like I can beat the best and win again.

"I had a good Australian Open and I came through some back problems, so I feel like I'm playing better and moving better." Federer added.

Meanwhile, world number one and top seed Nadal, started his record fifth defense of the French Open title in similarly imperious fashion, beating Brazilian qualifier Marcos Daniel 7-5, 6-4, 6-3.

Though the defending champion was forced to work for his win, having to battle from behind against the 30-year-old Daniel in the first two sets. One of two Russians, Igor Kunitsyn or Teimuraz Gabashvili, await Nadal in the second round for the 22-year-old.

Despite hoping to emerge as victor at the event, Federer lavished praise on the man who had a 33-match unbeaten run on clay before losing to the Swiss in Madrid.

"I think (Nadal's) biggest strength is his movement on clay, he's by far the best, day-in-day out he never lets go and mentally he's become very strong . He's been able to adapt and against the best he's never gone five sets. That's impressive."


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Bumping material.

"If only I had an enemy bigger than my apathy, I could have won."
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if Roger doesn't believe on himself, who will?
if he thinks he has a shot he can at least take a set from Rafa, if not, he'll get badly beaten like last year
still, I don't think he'll win

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Federer is arrogant. Nadal is not only human... he has some horse in him.

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Pretty straightforward and well said by Federer. Winning 4 RG's on the trot requires something special and is a huge achievement. Having said that, Nadal can have his off-days (Madrid being the latest example), and if Federer or Djokovic (or even someone else) catch him on an off-day, and play top tennis (the way Federer did today) then of course he can lose.

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Nadal is human?really?
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...he is only human and we wait for that moment when he is not at his best and hopefully that will be this year," the Swiss said.
Hopefully he'll have a bad day so I can finally "beat" him.

Pathetic Excellent.
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Hopefully he'll have a bad day so I can finally "beat" him.

Pathetic Excellent.
I think Fed will want to beat a top shaped Rafai mean that's the way to do it what's the point otherwise
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Nadal is human?really?
I thought he was a piggy, oh wait...

anyway, nothing wrong with what Fed said

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I think Fed will want to beat a top shaped Rafai mean that's the way to do it what's the point otherwise
The point otherwise is a career grand slam. Agassi beat a nobody a not so perfect player in the final of the FO and got his career GS. No one remembers the opponent, but everyone remembers Agassi's accomplishment.

"If only I had an enemy bigger than my apathy, I could have won."
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Is he human, or is he dancer?

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The point otherwise is a career grand slam. Agassi beat a nobody a not so perfect player in the final of the FO and got his career GS. No one remembers the opponent, but everyone remembers Agassi's accomplishment.
I don't know that only started watching with interest sinds 2005but i think there's alot of difference between the press back then and now
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He's a true spartan, which is more than human
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Finally Federer thinking positive about his chances against Nadal
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Well I think Federer is becoming more and more opportunistic in thinking!
But there's nothing wrong in this, luck is an element in any sport.
If he keeps trying and believing in himself, why, maybe he can catch a Rafa on his bad office day or even avoid him and get an RG title!

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