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I'm not intimidated by Nadal, says Federer

The Swiss star carries the burden of a 6-1 career deficit against Nadal into Wimbledon final. Mauresmo beats Henin

india Updated: Jul 09, 2006 06:31 IST

Roger Federer carries the burden of a 6-1 career deficit against Rafael Nadal into Sunday's Wimbledon final insisting that he is not intimidated by the Spanish muscleman.

Many in the game believe that the world number one, and triple defending champion, has lost the psychological battle with the 20-year-old French Open winner.

The Swiss star denies it but the evidence is mounting up against him with four of those defeats coming this year, all in finals, with three on clay and one on hard court.

"I'm not intimidated," said Federer who takes a four-year, 47-match winning streak on grass into the final.

"I don't think he's bad, he just pumps himself up," added the world number one when asked if Nadal's lengthy pauses between points and his towelling down of his biceps infuriates him.

"I only see about 10-percent of all that because I turn around. We've had good matches in the past and it should be interesting on grass.

"I'm not affected by him beating me. The matches have been very close and I haven't played that badly. I don't know how much it means to him to be in the final here or whether the French Open means more to him."

Nadal, who had never got beyond the third round here before this year, has stunned everyone by his run to the final.

But not Federer whose four lone losses in 2006 have all come at the hands of Nadal.

"He has won titles on fast, hard courts. I think the media underestimates him."

Nadal, bidding to become the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same season, insists his advantage over Federer is due to his never-say-die spirit.

It is the determination he needed to come back from two sets down to beat Robert Kendrick in the second round. Since then, he has not dropped his serve.

"I try my best. I fight every point. I continue to believe in victory all the time," said Nadal.

"It's not normal to win four times in a row against one man." Should Nadal defy the odds and make it five wins against Federer this year and take his opponent's Wimbledon title, he will be the first Spanish man to win here since Manuel Santana in 1966.

As a boy, Nadal admitted he dreamt of playing in the final and winning. "In my dream, when I was very young, I won. But I am just 20-years-old. I hope this final will not be the last."