“We get no surprises with Rafa on clay – he’s always at the highest of levels,” said Roger Federer, who was on the wrong end of a one-sided defeat by the Spaniard in the Rome final last week.
“You have to play a really good match against him to have a chance, and you still might lose. It’s nice to see him so strong after his comeback from injury – eight finals in eight tournaments, and six wins. It’s amazing. He made all the right decisions taking his time to come back. The next question will be how he copes on grass and hard courts. But we’re not there yet. Now the focus is the French Open and I’m sure he’s very happy and super-confident.”