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Rafael Nadal has dig at Roger Federer for avoiding him on clay

Nadal has dig at Federer for avoiding him on clay
By Eurosport

16/04/2018 at 09:44Updated 16/04/2018 at 10:50

Rafa Nadal has jokingly suggested that Roger Federer is avoiding playing him on clay.

Nadal is returning to competitive action in Monte-Carlo this week, but his old rival Federer has revealed that – for the second year in succession – he will miss the entire clay court season.

That announcement seemingly caught Nadal by surprise, as the Spaniard joked:

" He says he will love to play against me again in best-of-five sets on clay. He said that a couple of days ago – and I thought he would play Roland Garros. Then a few days later he says he will not play in one event, so there’s a little bit of controversy with that."

Nadal will be favourite to win in Monte-Carlo as he bids to win the event for a remarkable 11th time in his career.

And the World No. 1 says he’s feeling in fine fettle as he returns to action.

“I feel good,” he said. “I’m practising well, I am playing with the right intensity I think.”

Federer’s decision to withdraw from last year’s clay season paid dividends, with the Swiss star going on to win Wimbledon.

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