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View Poll Results: More radical changes or less?
Roger: The patient stance, let's see where things stand after this year... 105 70.00%
Rafael: Radical visionary, the need to push things on and change the sport of tennis... 22 14.67%
Both have equally strong and well reasoned premises... 23 15.33%
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Rafael Nadal has criticized Roger Federer for letting other players "burn themselves" by complaining about tour conditions while enhancing his own reputation by rarely making negative comments about tennis.

The pair have always been respectful rivals, but the ongoing debate about the overcrowded tennis calendar has exposed a difference of opinion on the eve of the Australian Open.

After telling a pre-tournament news conference Sunday he had no intention of being the frontman for the players' grievances because it has reflected badly on him in the past, Nadal was then critical of Federer in a Spanish-language interview.

Responding to the suggestion that Federer disliked players complaining openly about problems on the tour because it tarnished the image of tennis, Nadal said he took another view.

"No, I totally disagree," he said in comments translated from Spanish. "For him it's good to say nothing. Everything positive. 'It's all well and good for me, I look like a gentleman,' and the rest can burn themselves.

"Everyone is entitled to have their own opinions."

Nadal and No. 4-ranked Andy Murray are among the players who have been outspoken in recent months on issues including an overcrowded calendar and the scheduling of Davis Cup matches. Some players have talked of strike action as recently as Saturday's player meeting in Melbourne; Nadal has said players may have to resort to "strong action" if there isn't an "evolution" in the calendar.

Federer and Nadal, who has 10 Grand Slam titles, dominated men's tennis for the seven years before Novak Djokovic won three of the four majors in 2011 and passed them both for the No. 1 ranking.

They're both key ambassadors for the tour, helping with promotional work and appearances at tournaments around the globe.

Nadal thinks that when the majority highlight problems on the tour, the intention is to make it better, not run it down.

"He likes the circuit. I like the circuit," Nadal said. "It's much better than many other sports but that doesn't mean that it couldn't be better. It doesn't mean there are some things about the tour that could change. The tour is fine, but there are some things that are bad. That's all we're saying.

"And the vast majority of players have this same opinion. He's got a different opinion ... if the vast majority have one opinion, and a small minority think differently, maybe it's them who are wrong."
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Can any Spanish posters confirm this, or have the original Spanish interview? Can't recall ever seeing Rafa say harsh words about Roger.

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Re: Nadal, Federer rift emerges at Australian Open

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Complaining about schedule and then playing exhos and non mandatory clown events
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Their candlelight date at Doha didn't go well, huh?

That's why Roger looked angsty.

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"vast majority"? which "vast majority"?
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"vast majority"? which "vast majority"?
Him, Murray and Bogo are tying themselves to a fence outside RLA. That'll show em.
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i beat fed he cry, no? he pussy, no?

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"And the vast majority of players have this same opinion. He's got a different opinion ... if the vast majority have one opinion, and a small minority think differently, maybe it's them who are wrong."

I don't know if I believe this statement. Do many players, even lower ranked players, actually support a less busy schedule?

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"vast majority"? which "vast majority"?
I can name Nadal,Djokovic,Murray or maybe Roddick.But seriously i don`t remember a Berdych a Ferrer,a Tsonga or any other top player complain.And the rest of the tour certainly won`t complain as they need lots of tournaments to get their paycheck.
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nadal like gold mushroom, no?

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But this is GREAT!!!
Exactly what this rivalry needed...Now get angry Roger and lets see some trash talk
(though unlikely as you may have to keep your gentleman image!)

On a serious note, cheap shot Rafa. First of all, its not the "vast majority of players" who have this problem, its "a few elite, big headed Top Ten players who want everything designed for and around their health and wealth" who have this problem. And secondly, to say Federer doesnt complain because he wants to pretend to be a gentlemen is really lame. Federer is many times the ambassador for this sport than Nadal has been. He has shown more concern for ALL players, higher and lower ranked notwithstanding and he is the guy who has so often tried to popularise tennis in nooks and corners of the world.

Raf, Roger is not a whiner unlike you. Just accept it and move one

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Federer didn't say 'nothing', regardless. He said that he couldn't support a reduced schedule, even though it would benefit the top guys, because it wouldn't benefit the tour overall and 'he wouldn't be able to look people in the eye'.
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I like it, I like it a lot. Regardless of what he says about Federer is true (I could certainly see it) I'm glad he honestly gave his opinion. Curious as to whether the maestro himself will respond.

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Their candlelight date at Doha didn't go well, huh?

That's why Roger looked angsty.
God, what is that? Is Roger evolving into an asymmetric unicorn?

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