David Ferrer was asked at the Madrid Open about Federer’s chances against Rafa and had this to say (in Spanish):
“Roger Federer has sufficient tennis to beat Rafa Nadal. He can do it, but it’s very complicated. Rafa is the indisputable number one on clay and in the world, but most of all on clay. Also it was said that Roger was unbeatable on grass and Nadal beat him. For me Rafa is the number one and is very difficult to beat him on clay and besides, he has a lot of mental strength.”
I find the middle sentence about Federer on grass particularly interesting. Does David mean to say “Rafa’s obviously the best because he beat the “unbeatable” Federer on grass” or does he mean “Roger was supposedly unbeatable on grass, just like Rafa on clay, so noone’s really ever invincible”?
Okay, maybe I’m reading too much into this. Either way, I love Ferru!
Random factoid: The easy-going Ferrer also mentioned that he doesn’t mind the idea of blue clay, saying that in Madrid it’s all about “the show.” I wonder if he and Nadal are going to stay up late arguing about that one. . .
Ferrer’s through to the second round in Madrid, where he’ll face another one of my faves, Juan Monaco.
Click here for the original article (in Spanish) via Marca. Please note that this is my own translation – so don’t expect perfection