Rafael Nadal recalls: ‘Potential final against Roger Federer is not even close’

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have missed the US Open in the previous two years, and it’s hard to imagine their New York clash before they retire. Federer and Nadal were the world’s leading players in 2005, winning 11 ATP titles each and sharing three Majors and eight Masters 1000 crowns! Nadal conquered Roland Garros on his debut in Paris, while Federer defended the title at Wimbledon, and they both headed to New York with high hopes. The Spaniard made a winning start following a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win over Bobby Reynolds in an hour and 49 minutes.

Rafa lost ten points in his games against the American and fended off both break chances to keep the pressure on the other side. Despite throwing everything he had at Nadal, Reynolds suffered four breaks and ended his campaign. Rafa was happy with how he served, although he still wanted to improve his game ahead of the following rounds to make a deep run at the season’s last Major. Asked about a potential final versus Roger, Rafa said they are miles away from that encounter, noting that he did not play well in New York in the past and that Roger did not even start his tournament yet. 

Rafael Nadal spoke about a potential US Open 2005 final versus Roger Federer.

“I think I served well against Bobby Reynolds. I feel a bit more comfortable in my service games than in the past. In every game, I have one service winner or an easy point with my forehand right after the serve, which is essential. I’m world no. 2 now, and it’s different US Open than in the previous years. I have played very well this year. I was not playing at my best in my previous US Open visits, and I was not happy with my game. It’s different now, as I played well in Montreal on the same surface and won the title. Now I have more confidence, but you never know in tennis, as I can lose in the next match. The ball is a bit different in comparison to Montreal, and I have to adapt and play better in the next round. I did not play that well today, and I want to improve my game. I can not speak about the potential final against Roger Federer; he has to win six matches, and I need five more triumphs to get there. I can only think about my next rival, as every encounter is different,” Rafael Nadal said.