Roger Federer was well beaten in the semifinal of the French Open but he still showed true class in his praise of Rafael Nadal following the contest:
He makes you feel uncomfortable the way he defends the court and plays on clay. There is nobody who even plays remotely close to him.
I don’t even know who I need to go search for to go practice with somebody who plays like him. It’s just amazing how he plays from deep and then is able to bounce back and forth from the baseline.
You get to a point where you’re just happy to make shots and not look ridiculous. It’s that bad.
There is also no way to practice in these conditions. It’s all a mindset. It’s footwork…It was difficult, but I accept that. He played in an incredible way. He has incredible abilities on clay. I knew that ahead of time.
Source: ATP Tour