On hardcourts who gives federer the worst "match-up problem", Djok, Rafa or Murray?

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  1. RAFA2005RG

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    Out of those 3, who gives federer the worst "match-up problem" on hardcourts?
     
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  2. dangalak

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    Not Djokovic.

    EDIT: Lol at the "" :lol: 17 > 11
     
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    Nadal, still.

    Murray can only beat Federer in a Masters.
    Djokovic has to dig deep to beat Federer everywhere (last 2 Us Opens), got bageled the last time they played on a hard court.
     
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  4. Gonzo_style

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    Not true! Murray and Djokovic have a 9 wins on HC against Federer, Nadal have a 5! :|
     
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    How many times did they play on hard courts?

    Federer-Nadal - 11 times
    Federer-Murray - 16 times
    Federer-Djokovic - gazillion times

    Federer-Nadal are pretty much dead even on hard courts in h2h but Nadal leads 2-0 in majors (both at the AO)
    Federer-Murray are also pretty much dead even (9-7 to Murray) but Federer has won the only meetings in majors (in straight sets both times)
    Federer-Djokovic - Djokovic has the most wins against Federer in HC majors but Federer has still a healthy lead in the h2h (12-9). Also Djokovic is the only other member of the top 4 who Federer leads in the hardcourt outdoor h2h.
     
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  6. Gonzo_style

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    I disagree, but it's okay!
     
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  7. 90's Clay

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    Nadal had always been the guy to truly trouble Fed. Djoker proved though he could really put the hurting on Fed in Australia and other slow courts.. While Faster hard courts, its more even.

    I would like to see a few Nadal-Fed matches at the USO to see how that goes there.. But my suspicion has always been Nadal would take Fed out there more times then not

    Murray.. Not even part of the equation.. He can't do anything to Fed at slams.
     
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    You mean 2013 and beyond when Federer is 32 years old?
    Can't change history but I would love to see Nadal play Federer at one of the US Opens in 2004-2007,
     
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    Nadal has a negative h2h against Federer.
     
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    I would say Murray.

    Djokovic it is even.

    Nadal.....Federer has the advantage though allows Nadal to play his game.
     
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  11. 90's Clay

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    Prime for prime of course. Post 2007 Nadal and Pre-2009 or 2010 Federer. 2004-2007 is Fed's main peak years, yet Nadal still had yet to come into his own.. He was failing to even make hard court SF appearances on hard court slams at the time.
     
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    In Feds prime...only Nadal

    Currently...all of the above
     
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    :lol::lol::lol::lol: Murray beats Federer at Cincinnati 2006 2:0
     
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    There is always an outlier. Look at the body of work from 04-08 and then post 09 and beyond.
     
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    Out of the top 3, definitely Nadal or Murray. But I think Berdych is the worst hard court matchup on tour for Federer, maybe even including Nadal. Even though Nadal and Murray are superior players to him, Berdych just poses so many problems to Fed and the match is definitely on his racquet when they play.
     
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    Nadal won a slam and 11 titles in 2005. He's an early bloomer just like Borg. He was an undisputed #2 in the world !

    But even if you say Nadal was a baby back then, Federer today at 31 is #1 and have beaten prime players Nadal, Nole and Murray.
     
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  17. dangalak

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    Gasquet beat him in his prime as well. What's your point?

    :lol:
     
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  18. Gonzo_style

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    OP ask about hard courts....
     
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    sigh

    Canas beat him twice back to back.

    If you believe that Murray would've beaten Federer in the US Open had they been matched, then :lol:
     
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  20. NadalAgassi

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    Nadal obviously. While vastly underrated on hard courts on Tennis Nadal hateorade Warehouse he is arguably the weakest hard courter of the three, certainly weaker than Djokovic. Yet despite that has by far the best record vs Federer on outdoor hard courts. Had he not choked a big lead in the 05 Miami final he would have won his 3 hard court matches with peak Federer as a 17-19 year old, something Djokovic a superior hard court player would never come anywhere near doing.
     
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    I agree with President. At the slams, it's Nadal, but since the AO is the slowest playing of all the GSs (yes, slower than clay by winner statistics) and they've only ever played there, it's not really fair to say. On slow-medium, it's Djoker, on medium speed it's definitely Murray (it only took Federer to get in his 30s, however), but on fast courts, Federer is still fire. Only Berdych makes the majority of Fed fans wince when it comes to HCs because if he's on, he's going through to the next round.
     
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  22. NadalAgassi

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    Berdych was a pushover for Federer until after January 2010 when Federer really began serious decline. Before then Federer regularly rolled Berdych, losing one of the most craptacular matches of his career at the 04 Olympics, and Berdych choking a 2 sets to 0 lead one other time, that being their only even struggles. Even post prime Federer usually seems to be playing bad in his losses to Berdych, whereas Berdych can play very well and still lose like Madrid final this year, and their match last fall. I dont agree at all the match is on Berdych's racquet, and even if that were true, even half prime Federer it would not be the case. Berdych has become a tougher opponent with Federer losing some power, reflexes, and speed with old age. Nadal was often beating even peak Federer on any court, Djokovic started pushing and beating Federer as early as 2007, and Murray scored his first win back in 2006 and began beating him regularly in best of 3s in 2008. No comparision IMO.
     
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    depends on the hardcourt but generally Murray and Berdych (from 2010) have caused troubles.
     
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    and if federer had not choked the dubai final ( he had beat nadal thoroughly in the first set ) and was not sick in miami 2004, he would have been 3-0 vs nadal in outdoor hardcourts in that period ....

    get it ?
     
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    Murray, hands down. When both Murray and Federer play their best on hard courts, Murray comes out on top. A horror match up for Federer because he treats his first serve like it is that of a junior and murders his second serve. He makes Federer work for each and every point, more than both Djokovic and Nadal.
     
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    ^^

    sure explains why federer crushed him in both their HC slam meetings and is 2-1 vs him at the YEC ( with murray's win coming with a huge struggle vs a bad-back federer ) .....:)

    at his best, federer is favoured over the other 3 on HC .....
     
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    to answer the thread question :

    nadal ~ djoker > murray on slow HC ...
    murray ~ djoker >> nadal on fast HC ...

    but I'd take fed at his best over any of them at their best on any HC ...
     
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    That's becoming hard to define on this forum, according to a number of people Fed's best tennis is lasting almost a decade now, which of course makes other members of the top 4 look like complete wussies in comparison as they can't even scrap together 3 years of being at their best combined :).

    That said, presuming all 3 are at their best, I wouldn't favour Fed over Nadal or Novak on a slow outdoor HC, fast HC? Sure, let's say even a medium one (something like rebound ace) but on slow outdoor HC? Can't see it, I'd favour both of them over Fed in that scenario even at Fed's best to be honest.
     
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    well even with federer serving crappily and both playing well off the ground, federer had won quite a few more points vs nadal in the AO 2009 final till the breakdown in the final set .....

    even vs an error-prone federer, almost all the sets b/w him and novak @ the AO in 2008/11 were very close .....

    I'd still say slight edge to federer at his best vs both of them even on a slow HC ....

    when I say that I mean his level of play in matches like the SF/F vs tsonga/murray in AO 2010 , QF vs delpo in AO 2009 ( though delpo played poorly ) ...
     
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    Sure, Fed's serve was terrible in that final but his ground game was terrific, the very fact that he was matching Nadal from the baseline on a slow outdoor court tells you that.

    If they play a series of matches on such slow outdoor HC, sure Fed will serve better in most of them but will he won't necessarily play as well (as he did in 2009 AO F) off ground in every one of them.

    Then again, Nadal didn't display the level he did in 2009 AO all that often in a HC slam so it's hard to say.

    Yes but almost every match between top players is close, even if it turns out to be a straight set affair, not to mention that too many variables go into every match to simplify it like that.

    Fact is, Fed lost in straights both times he faced Novak on AO's decoturf, even presuming he was not at his best in those matches I'd expect him to win atleast a set or two, especially if we're gonna favour him in a potential peak for peak match-up.

    I know, I know, I was mostly joking about the tendency of some of our resident TW experts (Nadal/Sampras fans, historians etc.) to act like Fed's peak/prime is supposed to be everlasting, he's not allowed to age/decline, have a dip in form etc.
     
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