“Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are probably going to end the season first and second in the ATP rankings. The difference with the rest of the players is very big after five months of the season,” Costa said.
“We are going to miss him in Roland Garros so much, the rivalry between him and Federer has been fascinating so far. It has been a decision by both the Swiss and his team in my opinion. I think he is focusing on fast courts, where points are shorter and physical condition is not as important. Like Rafael Nadal, he has evolved his game style as well and he is hitting the ball harder.”
“He has almost won everything he has played this season so far, so his methodology is working more than well. Again, it is sad that we cannot watch Roger Federer playing Roland Garros but in terms of extending his career, I think it is a good decision.”
Costa also spoke about Nadal’s competitors at the French Open – Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. “The Serbian has lost that freshness that he showed in the past. I see him making more mistakes, not as focused as seasons before. But his talent is beyond doubt and he can come back at any moment.”
“As for Andy Murray, I think he has not been able to recover well from his elbow injury, he needs to recover his rhythm. We have to respect these players a lot, after all they have achieved so far,” said Costa.
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