Roger Federer on Rafael Nadal: “No Complex Whatsoever”

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Madrid Masters

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Over the past five years, Roger Federer has lost to only one man at the French Open: Rafael Nadal. With 2010’s edition set to start in less than 48 hours, Federer is still the one facing most of the questions.

The Swiss sultan’s big whiff against the Spaniard in the final of last week’s Madrid Masters has raised eyebrows regarding his struggles against his main adversary. Despite a 7-14 career record against Nadal, the world’s No. 1 men’s player told the AP on Friday that he has no mental block against the world’s No. 2.

If the two square off on clay again, last year’s tournament may help back Federer’s assertion. He captured his first trophy at Roland Garros, while Nadal exited in fourth-round play.