I've been wondering if anybody else agrees with this. I've been thinking for a while that Nadal actually helped Federer's image by being a roadblock to him while Federer was steamrolling everybody else. In the sense that I think people tend to be able to relate more with vulnerable characters than with infallible machines. Did Nadal help make Federer more likable, did he humanize him in some ways? Results aside, Federer has behaved with a lot of dignity regarding Nadal. There is a lot of mutual respect, and for the most part I believe it is genuine. Easy for Nadal to show respect for Federer, but kudos to Fed for being a big man and acknowledging Nadal's greatness as well. Federer has, also for the most part, behaved with dignity in defeat. So, even if Nadal's roadblock hurt Federer's raw numbers, did his opposition cement a stronger legacy for Federer, in the sense that it revealed a more human side from Federer, and also in the sense that it added value to the achievements Federer did reach by strengthening the competition and making it a more substantial era?