Swiss tennis player Roger Federer shared his expectations from the meeting with Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the Masters in Indian Wells.
“A lot of time has passed, a lot has happened during these one and a half years. It is impossible to just copy and paste, play just like before. Now it is at a higher level than it was at the Australian Open. And in Indian Wells, he always feels like comfortable, so obviously it will be hard with him. I now keep my pitch well. I have a good psychological state in the games on the pitch, and I hope that I can save it. Against Rafa is, of course, necessary.
And in general, at this stage of the tournament, you need to show your best game. Rafa and I have a different approach, but we both managed to achieve success. He had a dirt game, I had a grass game, but we both were able to master the other surfaces. I think this is another side of our great rivalry. And if you add work with our charitable foundations, advertising stories for the Tour, political issues, and so on, it turns out that Rafa and I went a very long way together, “the Tour press service quotes Federer.