“Not very important,” Federer told reporters. “Because I won the French Open already. that's what matters, not to beat him here necessarily. And I have done it elsewhere, so..."
Federer, who lost to Nadal in the Rome final, said that there are no surprises when confronting the Spaniard on clay.
“It's always at the highest of levels,” he said. “You know he's not going to give you much because he plays with a lot of margin, a lot of topspin, a lot of pace, stands far behind the baseline, and is very focused. Overall, you know what you're going to get, so you have to play a really good match against him to have a chance. And then you still might lose. So it's amazing for how long he's done it and for how consistent he's done it to play at this high level on clay.”