The battle between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer (Fedal) has been on for over a decade and is still on. The duo are really good at what they do and have outplayed the rest of their colleagues and opponents in most games. Federer seem to be skeptical about the French Open and have skipped it intentionally for two years following his recent decision not to play at all in the Monte Carlo tournament this year.
AAP (Sports) -Rafael Nadal doesn’t see himself skipping any major tournaments the way Roger Federer has been sitting out the French Open.
The veterans are back at the top of world tennis, with Nadal needing to win the Monte Carlo Masters this week to avoid losing his No.1 ranking again to Federer in their seemingly eternal battle for supremacy.
For the second-consecutive season, the 36-year-old Federer is skipping the entire claycourt season to be at his best on grass.
After coming back from injury to win last year’s Australian Open, Federer opted not to play the claycourt season, won Wimbledon and retained his Melbourne crown to extend his record tally to 20 grand-slam titles.
The Swiss star is keeping his ageing body fresher by playing a little less – avoiding Nadal on gruelling clay at Roland Garros or elsewhere – and it is working for him.
But Nadal still thinks he can play a full schedule.
“There (are) tournaments that I can’t imagine missing on purpose, because (they are) tournaments that I love to play,” Nadal said on Wednesday.
“I don’t see myself missing Monte Carlo on purpose. I don’t see myself missing Wimbledon on purpose, or the US Open, or Australian, or Rome. These kind of events, I don’t see missing (them).”
The 31-year-old Spaniard recently returned from a right-hip injury which forced him to retire during the fifth set of his Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic.
Turning 32nd on June 3 – during the French Open – the 16-time major champion accepts he might think differently when he gets closer to Federer’s age.
“Of course, when you get older, you need to adjust a little bit more the efforts and the calendar. But for me, (it) is difficult to say I don’t play, for example, grass, or I don’t play hard (courts),” Nadal said.
“(It) is not in my plan, but I can’t say ‘never’ because I cannot predict what’s going to be in the future.”
Nadal is chasing an 11th title in Monte Carlo and at Roland Garros, which begins on May 27.