Roger Federer finally ended Rafael Nadal’s superb run on clay
“I don’t think he’s going to take any damage away from this,” said Federer. “I’m sure he’s going to be rock solid in Paris again.”
Nadal insisted: “Playing four hours was not a problem for today. Roger was much better than me and deserved to win.”
“I thought I took all the right decisions today and in the end it looked pretty comfortable so it was a perfect win for me,” Federer said afterwards.
“I’m very, very happy that I stayed positive and I got the win I needed badly because I’ve had some rather bad losses this year. It’s very satisfying.”