Federer and Nadal will meet for the 39th time in the semi-finals of the French Open after both overcame thunderstorms and their opponents to seal a place in the last four.
Federer goes into the match as the massive underdog given Nadal’s incredible record at Roland Garros.
Nadal has caused Federer major pain at this tournament in the past with his left-handed style against a one-handed backhand.
But Federer has managed to beat his great rival in their last five matches.
Nevertheless, the Swiss star still faces a daunting task if he wants to reach the final.
And he admits Wednesday and Thursday will be crucial to his preparations.
“It never feels natural against a left-hander, but now I have two days to prepare for it with specific training, he told Swiss publication Aargauer Zeitung.
“On the serves, on the rotation of the ball.
“There is no time to waste now. Against Rafa you have to play fearless, take the balls early. I will try that.
“It’s a different game for a left-hander. I used to hate it, now I love it.
“Because it is a big challenge. And Nadal is the best I’ve ever met.”
Despite the odds being stacked against Federer, two-time Roland Garros runner-up Alex Corretja feels the 37-year-old can cause Nadal problems.
“The way Roger plays now will cause many more problems for Rafa because his height on his forehand is better,” he said.
“He’s mixing it up more effectively with his serve, he comes to the net much more often off the serve, plays more effective drop shots and his backhand is more reliable than it used to be.
“He goes a little bit deep sometimes to return, which I think is good on clay as you give height to the ball and then that makes it more uncomfortable for your opponent.
“So, the way he’s playing now gives him a better game plan against Rafa than before.”
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