US Open: Talk Like A Man! Roger Federer Not 'Boyfriend' Material, Says Rafael Nadal

Updated: 07 September 2017 13:43 IST

Nadal and Federer, two of the greatest players of all time, have met 37 times, including 12 at the Grand Slams, but never in New York.

US Open: Talk Like A Man! Roger Federer Not
Rafael Nadal was addressing a post match press conference. © Instagram

Rafael Nadal had to calm growing enthusiasm over a possible US Open semi-final clash with old rival Roger Federer by warning reporters against making the two appear "boyfriends." Nadal and Federer, two of the greatest players of all time, have met 37 times, including 12 at the Grand Slams, but never in New York. When asked to describe what he admires most about Federer, also a long-time off-court friend, Nadal was keen to cool the "bromance." But as things panned out, the semi-final didn't materialise, as Federer went down to Juan Martin del Potro in a four-set quarter-final clash.

"I don't want to look like I gonna be his boyfriend, no?" said Nadal, causing a packed media conference room to burst into laughter.

"We don't want to talk these kind of things before important match. We have a lot of respect for each other, no? We played a lot of times. I think we did important things for tennis. We appreciate that.

"We always had a good relationship. I think he always has been a great ambassador for tennis and for our sport, with good image, of course, and representing good values.

"One important thing that is a great example for kids, doing unbelievable well and doing it with the right attitude.

"That's something I admire as you can admire -- I think I answered already."

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Topics : Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Tennis
Highlights
  • Nadal beat Rublev to advance to the semi-finals
  • Nadal beat Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
  • Federer crashed out of the US Open
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