Federer not surprised by resurgent Rafa

Following Rafael Nadal's win in Barcelona, Roger Federer is not surprised at his recent purple patch of form.

The Spaniard equalled Guillermo Vilas' record for the most clay court titles at 49 when he claimed the Barcelona Open title on Sunday.

Nadal has now won his last ten matches for back-to-back titles on clay courts, first at the Monte Carlo Masters and now at home in Barcelona.

"I was not surprised," Federer told Spanish publication Marca.

"What happens is that we are used to seeing Rafa, despite a long injury, rapidly return to his best level. And that was incredible for me. 

"It is not normal, even though he has done it many times. What surprised me was how openly he spoke about his concerns. Maybe it was to take pressure off or just be truthful about what was happening.

"It is astonishing that people would think he couldn't be competitive again. The one who just won his ninth title at Monte Carlo."

Federer added that while Novak Djokovic is the one to beat at the upcoming French Open, Nadal's current resurgence cannot be ignored.

"He's the player to beat," said Federer of the Serb.

"Novak has never won in Paris. Could be now the favorite, but Nadal is Nadal."

In terms of his own chances, Federer believes the draw favours him. The Swiss Maestro will be looking for his first slam in Paris since 2009.

"I don't think I have zero chance to lift the title at Roland Garros," exclaimed the former world number one.  

"I think if the draw is in my favour, if I'm playing well, I'll have my chances."