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Nadal On Federer Rivalry; Fashion Police Quiz Haas

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Federer, Nadal© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal believes Roger Federer is the greatest player ever.

ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points at Roland Garros on the second Monday. 

Records Tell The True Story
Rafael Nadal may lead Roger Federer 20-10 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but insists that the numbers in the record books support his belief that the Swiss is the greatest player in history. He used a football analogy to illustrate his point: “Chelsea beat Manchester United in both matches during the season, but Manchester United won the Premier League. The better team is Manchester United.

“I am happy about what I achieved,” he continued. “I am happy about what I am winning. But Roger has better numbers than me, and that's the reality. Nobody has more Grand Slams than him. He's the guy with most weeks in the history of No. 1. So these kind of records say that he's the best in history. Numbers are for that.”

Fashion Police Quiz Haas
He was called out for his mismatched colour scheme in Miami earlier this year, and Tommy Haas’s fashion choices came under fire again on Monday following his fourth-round dismissal of Mikhail Youzhny. The German, though, revealed he was just grateful to have a clean set of clothes to wear.

“Just because I'm in Paris, it doesn't mean I'm going to care more [about fashion],” joked Haas. “But I think I have done a better job I think since Miami. 

“Today my laundry wasn't ready. I dropped off my laundry two days ago after the Isner match. I know it was late. But today, first match at 11:00, I showed up in the locker room and I asked for my physio to get my laundry. He comes back and says, ‘It won't be here till 2:00.’ 

“So somebody had to go back to the hotel and bring the other four, five shirts I left there. They came in time before the match. I was happy to have clothes today to wear. The last thing I was worried about was if I was colour matching or not!”

Inglot’s Brush With Hollywood
In an interview with Simon Cambers for The Tennis Space, British doubles player Dominic Inglot recalls his role as a 17 year old as Paul Bettany’s body double on the set of the 2004 Hollywood film, Wimbledon.

“That was really exciting because I’m a massive movie fan,” said Inglot, who bowed out in the Roland Garros third round on Monday with his partner, Treat Huet. “To have the opportunity to actually be in one was just like, wow, this is amazing. And in a decently good role, I’d say. It really makes you see it in a different light, doing the same shot 28 times. You feel like you’ve hit it every single time, and they’re like…err, no you didn’t (laughing).

“I remember one scene with Kirsten Dunst, where the ball boy throws her the ball off the ground and she has to catch it like this and it took her 20 scenes to catch the ball! She just couldn’t catch the ball. And we were on the scene after that. I’m sitting there [in the trailer] thinking, ‘Someone, I don’t know how, but get her to catch this ball!’”

Bubka Targets 2014 Return
When he fell three floors from a Paris window on 1 November 2012, Sergei Bubka didn’t know if he would even be able to walk again, never mind play tennis. But the 26-year-old Ukrainian, son of record-breaking pole vaulter Sergei Bubka, told L’Equipe he is hopeful of returning to the ATP World Tour in January 2014.

“For sure being an athlete has saved my life,” said Bubka, who underwent a nine-hour operation after breaking his femur and his arm. “I have solid bones. When I woke up I was afraid of losing my leg [through infection]. I was happy to be still alive but I was scared of not being able to walk again. I thought about tennis right away. I got a lot of messages from the tennis family. That was very touching.

“I saw my surgeon on Wednesday and he was very happy. I don't need to have surgery again. It's difficult to say when exactly I will be back. I hope to play Doha and then the qualies at the Australian Open. It's nice to back in Roland Garros. I hope that next year I'll be here as a player. That's a good challenge.”

Photo Of The Day
Nicolas Mahut gives his fans an insight into the lengths of recovery taken by tennis players, tweeting a photo of himself shivering through an ice bath.

Mahut

Haas Recalls Melbourne Meltdown
His fourth-round opponent, Mikhail Youzhny, took out his frustration on his racquet on Monday at Roland Garros, and the incident prompted Haas to recall some of his more famous on-court meltdowns. The 35 year old was reminded by the press of a minute’s worth of chuntering during a sit down against Nikolay Davydenko at the 2007 Australian Open (watch the clip here), which has proved a YouTube sensation among his fans.

“It is a funny video,” conceded Haas. “I have seen it a few times because people or fans of mine, they enjoy that video, as well. It's funny, because Roger [Federer] and I actually joke about the video quite a bit, and we know it pretty much by heart now. It's one of those moments where you just kind of let go. But it was positive. Look at the next point. That backhand down the line was pretty good.”

Djokovic Pays Tribute To Former Coach
As he signed the on-court camera following his fourth-round win on Monday, Novak Djokovic wrote: “Jeco volim te zauvek (Jeco Love You Forever)”. The message was a tribute to his first tennis coach, Jelena Gencic, who passed away from breast cancer on Saturday.

Read: Djokovic Finds Inner Strength

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