Roger Federer is avoiding confronting me on clay, suggests Rafael Nadal

After one of a flattest months in a story of a ATP tour, universe No 1 Rafael Nadal done a acquire lapse to a theatre in Monte Carlo on Sunday, and immediately livened things adult with a wily puncture during his aged ­rival Roger Federer.

Asked about Federer’s preference not to competition a singular clay-court eventuality for a second true season, Nadal grinned broadly. “He says he will adore to play opposite me again in best-of-five sets on clay,” came a reply. “He pronounced that a integrate of days ago – and we suspicion he would play Roland Garros. Then a few days after he says he will not play in one event, so there’s a small bit of debate with that.”

Nadal did not go into serve detail, yet clearly he feels that Federer has chickened out. Over a past 15 months, Federer has reshaped a story of their 14-year adversary by ­winning 4 true meetings, all on tough courts. Were they to play on clay, though, Nadal would be heavily lucky to extend his ­overall advantage, that now stands during 23 wins from 38 matches.

Red clay is a blood that runs by Nadal’s veins. For a past decade and more, a 8 weeks that run from a start of Monte Carlo to a finish of a French Open have been his property. Others competence passage in and collect adult a peculiar pretension – even a slam, in a box of Novak Djokovic (2016), Stan Wawrinka (2015) and Federer himself (2009). But they always feel like crumbs stolen from a giant’s table.

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