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Federer Remains Positive Ahead Of Roland Garros

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Federer© AFP/Getty ImagesRoger Federer remained upbeat despite losing to Rafael Nadal in the Rome final.

Roger Federer remained positive despite losing to Rafael Nadal on Sunday in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia final.

“I am playing well and I am healthy, so I have everything to play for next week [ahead of Roland Garros],” said Federer. “This week was good to get an idea about what is working.”

After a short break, Federer will travel to Paris. It will mark the first time since 2000 he has not won a title prior to Roland Garros.

The 31-year-old Swiss admitted that Nadal “is now the favourite for Roland Garros”.

Since returning from a seven-month injury lay-off in February, Nadal has reached eight straight finals. Only Horacio Zeballos (in Vina del Mar) and Novak Djokovic (in Monte-Carlo) have beaten the Spaniard this year.

“Novak has beaten Rafa once in Monaco, so he knows how to win, but only Robin Soderling has beaten him in Paris. It will be difficult.”

World No. 3 Federer is now 76-35 lifetime in tour-level finals. He has won at least one ATP World Tour title every season since 2001. 

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