Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer rift emerges

Updated: January 16, 2012, 3:06 AM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal criticized Roger Federer Sunday for letting other players "burn themselves" by complaining about tour conditions while maintaining his good reputation by rarely making negative comments about tennis.

The two have always been respectful rivals, but the ongoing debate about the overcrowded tennis calendar exposed an eyebrow-raising difference of opinion on the eve of the Australian Open.

After telling a pre-tournament news conference he had no intention ...

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