Watch Rafael Nadal’s press conference after his victory against Roger Federer in the semi-finals of Roland Garros 2019.
When asked if he thought it would be the last time he would play Roger Federer at Roland Garros, Rafa said:
It’s a logical reality, because years are going by. We all have our small problems. We all have our age, which is increasing. I hope that it was not the last time yet. And I believe that him and I appreciate such matches. We live them with particular emotion after all that we have shared on the court. And it’s true that we are getting older, but at the same time, we are still in the semi-finals of the French Open. So if we are here, we don’t think about retiring.
There are no two people like Federer on this planet. Luckily, actually… We have played many times against each other. But these are matches where we can always find this small plus, this additional shot. And when I play against Roger, I always expect the best from him and I prepare myself accordingly to respond in the best way I can to his tennis.
Sources: ATP Tour, Roland Garros