Roger Federer makes incredible Rafael Nadal claim ahead of French Open
ROGER FEDERER has insisted he would never have become the player he is today without going toe-to-toe with Rafael Nadal.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won 36 Grand Slams between them in what will go down in history as one of the greatest tennis rivalries ever.
The duo have each been on the receiving of some heartbreaking moments while also treating fans to plenty of unbelievable matches.
And despite heading towards the end of their careers, they continue to dominate the sport today.
Nadal is competing in the French Open as he bids for an 11th Roland Garros title with Federer opting to skip the clay-court season once again.
It means the Spaniard can further extend his lead as the world No 1 with victory in Paris.
Roger Federer isn't fussed about returning to world No 1
But Federer, who speaks glowingly of his rivalry with Nadal, insists the world rankings aren’t his priority at this stage of his career.
“The rankings don’t affect my game,” Federer told Vogue.
“I worked hard to get back to number one, but at this point of my career, chasing that is not the goal.
“Staying healthy, making sure I am prepared for the big events, and playing places where I enjoy are the real goals.
“Playing against Rafa for so many years has been amazing—he pushed me to innovate, work harder, and to develop my game.
“I don’t think I would be the player I am today without him as my chief rival."