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Nadal Roots For Federer, Murray

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Nadal© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal practises at the Monte-Carlo Country Club.

Rafael Nadal revealed during the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters that he has cheered Roger Federer and Andy Murray in the past. 

During his time away from the courts, Nadal kept his eye on the blockbuster matches between his biggest rivals. The 11-time major champion followed Murray’s title runs at the London 2012 Olympics and US Open and said he could not be happier for the successes the current World No. 2 has achieved.

Nadal also revealed that in 2009, he pulled for Federer to win Roland Garros, as like Murray, Nadal felt the Swiss ‘deserved’ to win that title.

“It was emotional when Andy won the Olympics, as he deserved something like this. Then he won his first US Open,” Nadal said. “A long time ago, I said he would win a Grand Slam and finally he did, so I'm happy. I know how much he fought to be there. When somebody deserves something, I'm emotional.

“When I lost in 2009 at Roland Garros, I lost No. 1 to Roger in that tournament, but I really wanted Roger to win the tournament. When somebody deserves to win, I think it's fair. Roger played a lot of finals in Roland Garros and was unlucky. I got emotional for him. I am an emotional guy. I don't think the sport is just a game.”

Nadal expressed that the past couple months have been filled with “fantastic emotions” for him. When he made his return to the ATP World Tour in Vina del Mar, the Spaniard could not have envisioned a better start to his comeback from a left knee injury.

Having missed seven months after Wimbledon, Nadal has opened his season with a 17-1 record, winning 12 of his 13 matches on clay during the Latin American Golden Swing before rising to the occasion to triumph on the outdoor hard courts of Indian Wells.

“Indian Wells was a big personal satisfaction after working hard for a long time. To be back and have that success was a dream for me,” said Nadal. “It's something very unusual. It was a big surprise for all of us, especially for me, as I know my situation. I had a lot of fantastic emotions in Latin America and Indian Wells, but that's in the past.”

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