Roger Federer was asked at a Q&A in Perth for the Hopman Cup who he regarded as the toughest opponent he’s ever had to face and here’s what he said:
Yes, I would have to pick Rafa Nadal. I think the way he played – and plays – against me has always been extremely difficult for me.
Plus, I think I’ve played way too many clay-court matches against him. That’s kind of scarred me I think!
He’s beaten me a lot of times in those finals – time and time again – and he just showed me what he could do.
That’s why I hope for him that he can come back extremely strong again because I think the world of Rafa and his game. I think it’s quite extraordinary, actually.
His fighting spirit and his professionalism that he brings to the game… I really enjoy watching him and it’s been tough against him.
Every match I won against him almost counted double for me.
Source: Eurosport, Video: Hopman Cup