Rafael Nadal: 'Roger Federer should do more'

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal
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Rafael Nadal urges Roger Federer to speak out against the current ATP schedule.

Rafael Nadal believes that Roger Federer should be more vocal against the current tennis schedule.

World number two Nadal, along with Andy Murray, have been heavily critical of the ATP calender, claiming that it is too demanding on the top players in the world.

Federer has so far declined to pass comment on the situation, resulting in Nadal urging the Swiss player to use his influence in the game on the authorities.

"[Federer's position] is easy. Do not say anything, all positive, I am a 'gentleman', others get burned," Nadal told a press conference. "We each have our opinion and maybe he likes the circuit. Me too, I like it, and I think it's better than most sports. That does not mean you cannot be better and that you should change things that are bad.

"I say a lot of good things about tennis, because thanks to this sport I have had experiences in my life I could never have dreamed of, but to finish your career with pain in all areas of your body is not positive.

"He finishes his career as fresh as a daisy because he is physically privileged, but neither Murray nor (Novak) Djokovic and I are fresh as a daisy."

Nadal was speaking in Melbourne ahead of next week's Australian Open.

Laura Robson
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1Spain Rafael Nadal7,645
2Scotland flag Andy Murray7,150
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,690
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Alexander Zverev4,470
7Croatia Marin Cilic4,155
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,710
10Japan Kei Nishikori3,195
11Canada Milos Raonic2,870
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,690
13Belgium David Goffin2,525
14United States John Isner2,425
15Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
16Pablo Carreno Busta2,385
17United States Jack Sock2,345
18Australia Nick Kyrgios2,325
19Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,310
20Lucas Pouille2,210