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Roger Federer explains how Rafael Nadal has changed his game since they last met on grass

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Roger Federer names the two big changes Rafael Nadal has made since they last met on grass
The two old rivals meet at the All England Club for the first time in 11 years (Picture: Getty)

Roger Federer believes Rafael Nadal is a very different player to the one he lost to at Wimbledon back in 2008 as they prepare to face off for the first time since that famous final.

The two superstars – who have 20 and 18 Grand Slam titles respectively – progressed to the semi-finals in relatively serene fashion, Federer beating Kei Nishikori and Nadal powering past Sam Querrey in straight sets.

They will now face off at Wimbledon, and on grass, for the first time in 11 years, and Federer says Nadal has made some significant changes to his game over that period.

Roger Federer names the two big changes Rafael Nadal has made since they last met on grass
French Open champ Nadal has looked ominously good so far at Wimbledon (Picture: Getty)

Hes playing very different than he used to. We havent played each other in a long, long time on this surface, the Swiss told reporters.

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Hes serving way different. I remember back in the day how he used to serve, and now how much bigger hes serving, how much faster he finishes points.

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Its impressive to see how sort of healthy hes stayed. A lot of them are saying, Oh, its the end, by 2008. Similar to me in 09. Were still here. So its nice to play each other again.

Nadal rejected suggestions he is a better player on grass now than he was 11 years ago and says the changes he has made to his game are simply a reaction to getting older.

Roger Federer names the two big changes Rafael Nadal has made since they last met on grass
Nadal was the victor in a thrilling five-setter back in 2008 (Picture: Getty)

I dont think we improved much, the Spaniard explained. I think we managed to add Read More – Source

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