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Nadal: "Federer is the best player ever"

During his winning speech Nadal again said that "Federer is the best player of all times". It certainly sounded a bit akward in that moment. What do you think - was it honest or ?

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Re: Nadal: "Federer is the best player ever"

well makes him look better, if he just beat the best player ever

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Somebody wake me up when the mindless posters have disappeared and there is a break in the Rafa versus Roger bullshit!

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Re: Nadal: "Federer is the best player ever"

It was a bit awkward, but I believe that Nadal really feels that way. It's such an odd situation!

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Somebody wake me up when the mindless posters have disappeared and there is a break in the Rafa versus Roger bullshit!
Somebody wakes me up when posters who use insults like mindless etc. dissapear

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Re: Nadal: "Federer is the best player ever"

For you it doesn't matter what Rafa says, you'll always find something wrong about it.

If he praises Roger he's lying and it's bad, he's not sincere. Be like Ljubicic you say, who tells the press what he really thinks.

If he tells them that he's the greatest (he actually neve did such a thing), then you would say how bad he is and all that stuff.

The only thing is that you hate Nadal. And no matter what he does, you are hating him even more as time goes by. And I predict that you're going to hate him even more cause he's going to win a lot more titles. Live with that!

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Re: Nadal: "Federer is the best player ever"

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Somebody wakes me up when posters who use insults like mindless etc. dissapear
Oh I'm sorry. I thought I was being complimentary.

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well makes him look better, if he just beat the best player ever
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Anyway, I don't know if Rafa was sincere or not (it sounds like it), but it certainly was very gracious of him to say that instead of just gloating in Fed's face. Another thing that strikes me is that he is always very realistic with respect to improving his ranking to #1. Athough reporters always throw the bait at him with their questions, he never says 'I am getting closer to being #1' or 'since I beat Roger all the time I deserve to be #1' (which a certain other top 10 player would probably say )

Whereas Feds has repeatedly said he is getting closer to beating Rafa on clay and it never seems to happen (sounds like a mirage effect in the desert; you think you are getting closer to the water but it is just an illusion)
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Re: Nadal: "Federer is the best player ever"

I don't think he's saying it without meaning it. I also think he believes there's more to tennis than winning the French Open, or just the clay titles and that's why he's after the other slams, particularly Wimbledon - I think the "no-go" area for dirtballers that Wimbledon gained the reputation for being is something that fires his competitive spirit.

So though it seems like an odd thing to say about a player you've beaten 5 times in a row, I think he feels he's still number 2 and won't be seen as anything other until he gets one of the other slams. Which is fair enough - if Roger can't win all in sight, I'd rather Rafa did because he's amazing.
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Re: Nadal: "Federer is the best player ever"

I thought it was interesting that Nadal stated that Federer is the best ever on "all surfaces"...which obviously isn't true on clay!! Even the sports commentators on NBC said that he was being too gracious with that remark. That just goes to show that Nadal knows how to be classy too..that is after the match is over and he has beaten you...
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Re: Nadal: "Federer is the best player ever"

Rafa was very candid in an interview somebody posted here a few days ago. He is very aware he's not the better player and doesn't have the arsenal of shots Roger has. He understands his energy, defence and perseverance is getting him throught.
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Re: Nadal: "Federer is the best player ever"

Nadal is really modest, he knows Federer is the best, and he acknowlegdes that. The part when he said, he is the best on all surfaces is what got the crowd rowdy. Nadal . . . hello!? You are the best on clay!

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Re: Nadal: "Federer is the best player ever"

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I thought it was interesting that Nadal stated that Federer is the best ever on "all surfaces"...which obviously isn't true on clay!! Even the sports commentators on NBC said that he was being too gracious with that remark. That just goes to show that Nadal knows how to be classy too..that is after the match is over and he has beaten you...
Maybe when he said 'all surfaces' he meant if you consider them all together;
being #1 on grass, HC and #2 on clay at the same time is something noone else has ever achieved before. I think that's what he meant.
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Re: Nadal: "Federer is the best player ever"

I admire Rafa's humble, no?
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Re: Nadal: "Federer is the best player ever"

Did anyone else notice that everytime Federer came to the net and volleyed, Nadal was being outplayed ....If someone employs a good serve and volley technique against Nadal he falls apart...
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