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Roger Federer: “I was really positive about my clay-court swing”

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Roger Federer lost to Rafael Nadal  6-3 6-4 6-2 in the semifinal of French Open.

The Spaniard won his 12th French Open title.

Federer takes what’s positive from his clay-court season. The Swiss admitted that Nadal was too strong.

“I was really positive about my clay-court swing. I lost against the best clay-court player ever, so there is no shame there. I tried everything I had and [we played in] unbelievably windy conditions. It was really challenging. I loved it actually, to play Rafa in that situation, the way it was. But I left [Paris] very positive,” said Federer.  “[Grass] highlights my strength and it maybe hides my weaknesses. From that standpoint, I can play how I want, on my terms, how I would like. When you feel that way, it is maybe what Rafa feels on the clay… I have all the options and when you have options, it gives you options to win and different tactics you can use against different players. That gives you maybe that little bit more margin you need to stay out of trouble and win matches.” 

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