Rafael Nadal has again showcased sympathy for his rivals by saying he “feels sorry” for Federer following his shock quarter-final exit at Wimbledon.
The Spaniard made headlines after his touching post-match embrace of Juan Martin del Potro went viral, and he hasn’t lost any fans after his latest classy moment.
Nadal mentioned he wasn’t aware of Federer’s struggles against Kevin Anderson at the time, but said unfortunately that’s the reality of the sport.
SUPERHUMAN EFFORT: Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final
MATCH-FIXING PROBE: An investigation is underway at Wimbledon
“I’m sorry for him,” Nadal said in the press conference.
“But is impossible to win always, even for him.
“Just feel sorry for him and congrats to Kevin.”
Federer’s quest for a ninth title at Wimbledon came to a dramatic end with just his fifth defeat from two sets up in an unparalleled 20-year, 1415-match career.
The great Swiss was philosophical in defeat, offering no excuses, just dejection and a few minor regrets.
“I had my chances so it’s disappointing, but he was consistent and solid. He got what he needed it when he needed it. Credit to him for hanging around really that long,” Federer said.
Federer ultimately paid the price for failing to convert any more than three of 12 break-point opportunities, including three in a row with Anderson serving at love-40 in the fourth set.
Following Federer’s shock exit Nadal will now face Novak Djokovic in a massive semi-final clash, whilst Kevin Anderson will take on the ninth-seeded John Isner.