“Well, first of all, Nadal is definitely back, and he's playing maybe the best tennis that he ever has played on hard court really. He hasn't lost a match here. He won three Masters events. He won it in great style. He was very aggressive, and he seems like he changed a little bit the game.
He stepped in a little bit more. He knows that now he has to be a bit more aggressive than he usually is because of, I guess, his knees and everything and because hard court is not clay. It's not his favorite surface; it's faster.
I'm sure he worked on that, and you could see that all the work he put in are getting results. He's definitely so far the best player this year. There is no question about it. The results are showing everything.”
“Yeah, [Federer is] having results-wise probably the worst year he had in probably last 10 years.
Look, you know, I'm sure he knows what he's doing. He's probably focusing on the Grand Slams, and that's where he wants to perform his best.
And, yes, it is unusual to see that he's No. 7 of the world, after being so dominant and so consistent every year in last 10 years, always being 1, 2 in the world.
But, you know, there are so many young guys now coming up also, after the generation of Nadal, myself, Murray, Del Potro, now you have Dimitrov, you have Janowicz, Raonic. So this is a new wave of players, and this is kind of a life cycle and the way it goes.
You can't always expect somebody to be at the highest level. It's normal to go up and down.”