‘Amazing’ Nadal better than ever, says Wawrinka

‘Amazing’ Nadal better than ever, says Wawrinka

A year later, Nadal saw off Federer in the Australian Open final and also has a flawless record against his Swiss counterpart in Roland Garros finals, triumphing over Federer in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.

“It’s a while since I played a very good Wimbledon“.

Sport is a sweaty business, and playing sustained tennis at the level that Rafael Nadal does, day after day, generating power every serve, requires energy. When fully fit, Nadal is a tuned-to-the-minute athlete with Job’s patience in putting himself on the baseline and slugging it out, point by excruciating point.

“I’ve always loved what I’m doing”.

“But, at the same time, he is still in the world’s top four, in the race for titles, and easily inside the top 10″.

Nothing went right for the 2015 French Open champion as he lost in straight sets to Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s final at Roland Garros.

Federer, 35, who will return to action on grass at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart on Wednesday (14 June) after missing the entire clay-court season to help prolong his career, clearly believes Nadal is the favourite providing he can steer clear of the injuries that have dogged him in recent times.

“If you’re not completely free. you don’t want him to take the lead and play even more freely”, said Wawrinka, who became US Open champion a year ago. “That’s the most important thing for me”.

Despite being up against the undisputed king of clay, Wawrinka came into the final full of confidence after beating top-ranked Andy Murray in the previous round.

A lengthy injury list – including trouble with his knees, wrist, and back – saw Nadal slip to ninth in the world rankings at the end of previous year. You name it, I think we’re all going to be playing our best tennis starting now. But I already won two Roland Garros’ without losing a set before this one – 2008, 2010, I didn’t lose a set. “Finally, I can play tournaments again”. “I didn’t really think I’d have such a long career and win so many tournaments”. Nadal has reached a tour-leading seven finals so far this season, starting the season with final runs at the Australian Open, the Abierto Mexicano Telcel and at the Miami Open presented by Itau.

“The nerves, the adrenaline that I feel when I play in this court is impossible to compare”.

“Winning these kinds of titles, you have chances to become any number on the ranking”.

On his way to the title match, he has shipped just 29 games, six fewer than when he made the 2012 final and just two more than the record of 27 conceded by Bjorn Borg in his 1978 trophy season.