Federer is 'cool' after Nadal takes the heat out of dispute



They did not quite kiss and make up, but Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal did their best here yesterday to dismiss any suggestion that the friendly relationship between the world's two most famous players is not what it used to be. Nadal regretted making public his criticisms of his long-time rival 24 hours earlier, while Federer said he was "completely cool and relaxed" about the situation.

Federer is the president and Nadal the vice-president of the Association of Tennis Professionals player council. Nadal has been one of the most vociferous campaigners in the players' recent attempts to improve their lot. There has been talk of a strike, particularly over the complaints about prize-money at Grand Slam tournaments, but Federer recently described the suggestion of such action as "nonsense".

After a players' meeting here at which there was overwhelming support for maintaining the option to strike, Nadal told Spanish journalists on Sunday: "For him [Federer] it's good to say nothing. Everything positive. 'It's all well and good for me, I look like a gentleman.' And the rest can burn themselves."

Nadal said yesterday that he had not had a chance to see Federer to explain his comments but told a press conference: "I was probably wrong telling that to you, especially because these things must stay in the locker room. I've always had a fantastic relationship with Roger. I still have a fantastic relationship with Roger. That's what should be, in my opinion. Don't create crazy histories about what I said yesterday, please. We can have different views about how the tour needs to work. That's all."


Federer said he had read Nadal's comments but stressed: "Things are fine between us. I have no hard feelings towards him. It's been a difficult last few months in terms of politics within the ATP, trying to find a new CEO and chairman. That can get frustrating sometimes. He's mentioned many times how he gets a bit tired and frustrated through the whole process, and I shared that with him. It's normal. But for me, obviously, nothing changes in terms of our relationship."

Although Federer said he would support a strike if that was what the players wanted, he thought it should be a last resort. He also said that while there was always room for improvement, the sport was generally in good shape. "We're in a golden era right now. Everybody is happy, talking positive. We've been able to sign sponsors. We've been playing well."

Nevertheless, it is clear that Nadal's views are closer to those of the membership than Federer's. Nikolay Davydenko, a senior player, said: "I don't know why Roger is not supporting the players. Because he doesn't want any problems. He's a nice guy. He's winning Grand Slams. He's from Switzerland. He's perfect. He doesn't want to do anything."

Federer and Nadal, who are seeded to meet in the semi-finals, had straight-sets wins yesterday over Alexander Kudryavtsev and Alex Kuznetsov respectively. Nadal revealed afterwards that he had feared he might not be able to play after his right knee locked on Sunday. Although an MRI scan did not reveal any damage, the Spaniard said he had started the match in pain.

The first day's home hero was the 19-year-old Bernard Tomic, who came back from two sets down to beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.

Life and Style
Steve Shaw shows Kate how to get wet behind the ears and how to align her neck
healthSteven Shaw - the 'Buddha of Breaststroke' - applies Alexander Technique to the watery sport
Arts and Entertainment
The sight of a bucking bronco in the shape of a pink penis was too much for Hollywood actor and gay rights supporter Martin Sheen, prompting him to boycott a scene in the TV series Grace and Frankie
footballShirt then goes on sale on Gumtree
Terry Sue-Patt as Benny in the BBC children’s soap ‘Grange Hill’
voicesGrace Dent on Grange Hill and Terry Sue-Patt
Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010
Arts and Entertainment
Twin Peaks stars Joan Chen, Michael Ontkean, Kyle Maclachlan and Piper Laurie
tvName confirmed for third series
Cameron Jerome
footballCanaries beat Boro to gain promotion to the Premier League
Arts and Entertainment
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine