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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal contravene each other

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal contravene each other
A day after the conflict between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal took place, the problem terminates.

Rafael Nadal had criticized Roger Federer for his unwillingness to express his views on issues affecting the men's game, allowing others to “burn themselves” as they seek improved conditions for fellow players. Federer said “things are fine” between the two, although he concedes that they disagree on a way to resolve a list of player grievances that includes the length of the season and the distribution of prize money.

“We can't always agree on everything. So far it's always been no problem really. Back in the day he used to say, 'Whatever Roger decides, I'm fine with.' Today he's much more grown up. He has a strong opinion himself, which I think is great.”

Nadal on the other hand apologized for his disagreement with Federer in public, though he stands by what he stated. “Probably I am wrong telling that to, especially because these things can stay, must stay in the locker room. I always had fantastic relationship with Roger. I still have fantastic relationship with Roger. Just I said we can have different views about how the tour needs to work. That's all.”

Former World Top 5, Nikolay Davydenko said he didn't understand why the 16-time Grand Slam champion wasn't supporting his fellow players. The Russian said that while Nadal and Novak Djokovic had been leading the charge for amendments, Federer had been reluctant to get involved. “ I don't know why Roger is not supporting the players. Because he don't want ... any problems. He's nice guy. He's winning Grand Slams. He's from Switzerland. He's perfect. He don't want to do anything, he just try to be an outsider for this one.”                                                                                                

However, Federer elaborated on his actions by stating, “ I was in the meeting. I completely understand and support the players' opinions. I just have a different way of going at it. I'm not discussing it with you guys in the press room. It creates unfortunately sometimes negative stories.”

Davydenko said a strike remained a very storng prospect, but that “the ATP should try to do something between now and Indian Wells.” Federer wants to avoid such radical steps being taken. “Strike is such a dangerous word to use,” Federer commented. “It's not good for anyone really. We've seen it in other sports happening in the States. That's why I'm always very careful about it. If there's no avoiding it, I'll support the rest of the players. But I just think we have to think it through how we do it, if we do it, can we do it, whatever it is, instead of just going out and screaming about it.”

Federer said he was confident “a good solution” would be reached and he welcomed a healthy discussion. Nadal, meanwhile, affirmed that he wouldn't be speaking about this in public again. “I do not talk anymore,”he said. “Yesterday, I started, and I say I don't want to talk anymore about this. Finally I talked too much as usual. That's not going to happen again. You can try hard, but I'm going to talk about tennis.”

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Posted By nightwatchman,   Posted about 2349 days and 21 hours ago

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Contravene? An order or principle but not a person, surely. Contradict, maybe?



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