When asked if he enjoys playing against the Serbian, Nadal replied: "I prefer to play against another one, but is what it is. At the end, well, we have to be honest, no? We don't have to be stupid.
"Talking about a final, I want to play against a player that I have more chances to win. But I play against him. I played against him a lot of times. Always we played very exciting matches.
"When you play, when you are involved in these kind of matches, you feel special. And at the end, even if I lost that final in Australia, I feel happy to be involved in that match."
Despite losing in Melbourne, Nadal exacted revenge in the semi-finals at Roland Garros before going on to capture an eighth title in Paris.