Rafael Nadal accused of being ‘greedy’ in Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic battle

Rafael Nadal accused of being ‘greedy’ in Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic battle

Former British No 1 Tim Henman thinks Rafael Nadal has been “greedy” with all of his French Open success and reckons it sheds a bad light on Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic’s ability on the red dirt.

Nadal’s second home is Roland Garros because he has won a record 12 titles on the famous Parisian red dirt.

The Spaniard is through to the quarter-finals of this year’s tournament as he looks to equal Federer’s Grand Slam record of 20.

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The French Open has been the most predictable of all the major tournaments for well over a decade during Nadal’s reign.

In comparison, Federer and Djokovic have only won been crowned Roland Garros champion once apiece.

And Henman thinks it makes the duo look worse players than they actually are on clay.

“It will be the first time playing against him on the Tour. I practised with him a couple of times, he has an amazing potential, he moves [his] hands very quick and he’s able to produce amazing shots.

“I’m in [the] quarter-finals without losing a set and having very positive scores.

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“So I can’t complain at all… I am quite happy about the way that I am playing and [in] the practices I am feeling every time a little bit better and better.”

Sinner said: “It’s not the easiest thing [to play Nadal at Roland Garros], for sure.

“I think the record he has here, I think nobody can beat that. He is super confident here.

“It’s going to be a difficult match for sure.

“It’s always [my aim] to go on court with the right attitude, trying to play [my] best tennis, which I have to do if I want to play [at] the same level as he plays.”

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Published at Tue, 06 Oct 2020 17:08:25 +0000