Posted January 07, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Roger Federer is more concerned about maintaining his good reputation than joining other tennis players who might "burn themselves" by complaining about tour conditions, Rafael Nadal said Sunday. The pair have always been respectful rivals, but the ongoing debate about the overcrowded tennis calendar has exposed a difference of opinion on the eve of the Australian Open. After telling a pre-tournament news conference Sunday he had no intention of being the frontman for the players' grievances because it has reflected badly on him in the past, Nadal was then critical of 16-time Grand Slam winner Federer in a Spanish-language interview. Responding to the suggestion that Federer disliked players complaining openly about problems on the tour because it tarnished the image of tennis, Nadal said he took another view. ''No, I totally disagree,'' he said in comments translated from Spanish. ''For him it's good to say nothing. Everything positive....
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