What does everyone think of the Nadal Federer rivaly

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Rivalry this year?

  1. Nadal will dominate Federer in head 2 head

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  2. Federer will dominate Nadal in head 2 head

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  3. It will be close, but Nadal will lead

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  4. It will be close, but Federer will lead

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  5. They will end up tied by the end of the year

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  1. splink779

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    Nadal currently leads 2-1. Now that Nadal is beginnning the year at 2 he and Federer will probably meet in so many finals this year. I'm thinking they may play at least 5 times this year. No doubt they will reach the finals together in some of the big ones like Miami, Roland Garros, Montreal, etc.

    I can't comment on his form right now, but Nadal has beaten Federer easily on clay and hard, and Federer barely beat Nadal on a hard court. How do you think their rivalry will develop? I think Nadal will stay ahead in their head to head this year. I am just way to excited to see them play each other this year!
     
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  2. Shabazza

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    As excited as I am, too, I doubt they'll play 5 matches this year. Somehow they tend to avoid each or get injured etc. - My expectations for a worthy rivalry with enough matches played this year are quite low! :|
    Saying that, I would love to see them meet soon, preferably at Dubai, where I would give Fed the edge as Nadal don't know the court and Federer's record there speaks for itself. He just loves this tournament, it's like his homecourt + Nadal is coming back from injury and needs more matches to find his rhythm, imho.

    If they should somehow meet more than 4-5 times (unlikely) I would give Fed the edge at the end of the year. He doesn't get beaten 2-3 times in a row by the same player anymore.
     
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  3. VGP

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    Federer should be able to figure Nadal out. I'm not really expecting much of a "rivalry" from here on out. I don't think that 2-1 could be considered a rivalry. Federer-Nalbandian is a rivalry.

    The reason I feel this way is that Federer will develop an effective game plan. Nadal isn't that great on faster surfaces. Nadal's recent injury seems to have given him a dose of reality, that he's not invincible. I expect this to have a negative effect on him mentally. I know Federer's had his own ankle injury but it seems he's fighting through it.
     
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  4. fishuuuuu

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    Also, I'd say he's doing damn well especially to snag a major too.
     
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  5. Warriorroger

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    It reminds me of the Graf - Seles rivalry. Federer's dominance reminds me of Graf's dominance.
     
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  6. Yours!05

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    Please DON'T!? You invited stabbing posts by saying that, as you know.
     
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  7. superman1

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    It's hard to say because they haven't played much in the past and we don't know what Nadal's condition is. Right now I don't see anyone beating Federer, including Nadal. I'm sure Federer has figured the kid out by now.
     
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  8. jamumafa

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    Exactly, yet people don't notice
     
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  9. Warriorroger

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    If Nadal doesn't overcome this footinjury soon, I am afraid that someone else will have to battle it out with Roger. Marat is the only one who can match him in talent, but others will get pissed by losing and start improving, it's natural. I hope Roger goes for the Grand Slam and a couple of bagels, he has a tendency to be a bit too loose on the court. But what a player. Hope Nadal recovers, he is a hard worker and talent.
     
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  10. oscar_2424

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    I think Nadal is gonna dominate Federer except on grass courts
     
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  11. J-man

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    i think federer will lead there rilvary by the end of the year. but it will be close. federer's best chance of beating nadal is right now when he's coming of an injury
     
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  12. Warriorroger

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    How will he dominate Federer? He has a very good game, but one-dimensional, can't see it happen, but perhaps you're right.
     
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  13. tenalyser

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    I hope this is a joke right? Nadal needs to be injured so that Federer can beat him :confused: . I know that Nadal is the current best clay court player, but saying things like this makes me really wonder if some of you guys actually have ever seen Federer play.
     
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  14. Grimjack

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    When Seles and Graf were both healthy and playing at the same time, Seles was world #1, and won virtually every slam in sight, coming up short only at the one, oddball slam that happened to be on the surface that was both Graf's best and Seles's worst.

    I think you've got this analogy backwards.
     
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  15. vllockhart

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    Can't wait to see more of it.
     
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  16. Galactus

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    Depends on how slow all tournament surfaces become over the next few years. The slower they become, the more chance Nadal will have of winning.
     
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  17. splink779

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    I agree, but you can add carpet to grass. The sheer fact that Nadal's huge, heavy, spin loaded, kicking forehand goes crosscourt directly into Federer's 1 hander gives him a big advantage. If the ball gets to Federer's forehand, Fed cannot attack it as easily as most other player's. Nadal can also pass like none other, just in case Fed tries to serve and volley. Fed also won't be able to pull off that half court backhand slice to bait Nadal into the net (where he is currently a fish out of water) because Nadal will be there in a flash with his speed and with his western forehand (yeah right into his strenth :)) he will whip that thing for a winner most of the time instead of every other player who can only chip it crosscourt where Fed is waiting with a wicked backhand pass.
     
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  18. Warriorroger

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    Seeing is believing. Nadal won't dominate Federer.
     
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  19. splink779

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    It's not like I'm just pulling this out of thin air though. I'm basing it on all 3 of their matches. And Nadal is only getting better as time goes on.
     
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  20. pound cat

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    What rivalry? Nadal hasn't even played this year, and who knows how his tennis/injury will be when he returns. And Federer has already won a Slam.
     
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  21. Grimjack

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    Nadal has been a non-factor in every slam in his career, except one. His slam history:

    2003 AO -- was not yet ready for primetime, skipped it.
    2003 French -- missed due to injury.
    2003 Wimbledon -- straight set loss to a career underachiever.
    2003 USO -- straight set loss to a career also-ran.

    2004 AO -- straight set loss to a good player.
    2004 French -- missed due to injury.
    2004 Wimbledon -- missed due to injury.
    2004 USO -- straight set, HUMILIATING, deer-in-headlights loss to Roddick.

    2005 AO -- 5 set loss to good player (his only "other" decent slam)
    2005 French -- win!
    2005 Wimbledon -- 2nd round loss to a nobody, even with a "good" draw.
    2005 USO -- 3rd round loss to career underachiever.

    2006 AO -- missed due to injury.

    His GS career is full of injuries (recurring, and getting more frequent), excuses, and embarrassing defeats. His FO win was terrific, but I see no evidence that he's either getting better, or able to stay on the court. He's a candy bone, and lacks the sack to show up on the big stage on a non-optimal surface.

    This rivalry is a non-rivalry. This legend is a non-legend. Nadal's reputation is out of proportion with his accomplishments. Right now, he's Andres Gomez without the longevity.
     
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  22. RiosTheGenius

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    don't really think much about it.
     
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  23. splink779

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    Its not very fair to bring up his 2003 2004 results. Nobody is going to do well when they are 16 or 17 years old, come on.

    You think he lacks the sack to show up on the big stage? How about the 2 sets to 0 comeback against the big serving, red hot Ljubicic on an indoors hard court in Madrid, with dual knee injuries to win his FOURTH masters series of the year?
     
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  24. Turning Pro

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    first of all i dont understand why fed stuggles with nadal.ive only ever seen them play once and it was at the french.what was miami like?i cant visualise it.Was it like haas at the aus open on fed.
     
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  25. Hal

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    From what the announcers said, the NASDAQ 100 courts are a VERY slow hardcourt. The match was nothing like the Fed/Haas match at AO. Fed was actually pretty lucky to win this match. I think Nadal got a bit tired and Fed proved why he's a champion.

    As for the rivalry, I don't see them playing many matches. Since they'll both be seeded 1 and 2, that means botth will have to get through the draw to the finals. This doesn't happen that often. Plus, Nadal's health is in question, and unless he continues to improve and add more variety, I think other players are going to start figuring out his game.
     
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  26. thelazerbeam

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    what rivalry?
     
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  27. Freedom

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    I believe Federer will end up leading in head-to-head. Nadal owns him on clay, sure, but if Federer can come back from 2 sets down, a tournament the week before, and the Miami heat on hard courts...wow.

    Federer leads.
     
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  28. el_profe

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    Federer, easily, take Nadal out of the clay courts and slower hard courts and he is not even top 10 player, and federer still would beat him on slower hard courts.
     
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  29. The tennis guy

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    There are so many players who can beat Nadal on US Open type of hardcourt that he wouldn't have a chance to play against Federer.

    Nadal's chance is on slower courts in the first half the year. He has very little chance against Federer the second half the year.
     
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  30. 8PAQ

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    As long as both Nadal and Federer are ranked in the top 4, they will only meet in semis or in the finals. Nadal will most likely have difficulties reaching semis and finals in the fast surface tournaments. So it looks like he will mostly play Fed on clay and slow hard courts. So their head to head will be unfairly biased and misleading. It is almost as if Fed is getting penalized for getting far in clay court tournaments! So I think Nadal might be always ahead by a few matches.

    In a perfect world where they would play each other in every slam in 2006, 2007 and 2008 I would expect to see following results:

    AO: Nadal wins 2-1
    FO: Nadal wins 2-1
    W: Fed wins 3-0
    USO: Fed wins 2-1

    Total: Fed wins: 7 - 5
     
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  31. arosen

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    They need to play more and on different surfaces. Given Nadal's current state of health, this rivalry is a big question mark.
     
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  32. Shabazza

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    good point, I would agree with your GS results.
     
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  33. kbg

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    Personally I think this rivalry is boring, as it doesn't produce high quality matches. I prefer a Safin-Federer rivalry or even a Gasquet-Federer rivalry because the shotmaking from both sides is usually so good. I'd even take a Baghdatis-Federer rivalry because I can get behind both players who have varied, creative games. Nadal's just a pusher.
     
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  34. Tennis_Goodness

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    I think Federer is going to keep his number 1 position for quite some time, Nadal will probablly win a few matches but I don't think Nadal will be a threat to his number 1 ranking at all. Federer is just too good on every surface!
     
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  35. dmastous

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    In order for a "rivalry" to exist there must be a history. a 2-1 match record, to me, doesn't indicate a rivalry. There is the possibility of a rivalry, but we will need to see things play out before calling this a rivalry.
    Let's ask about the Federer/Nalbandian rivalry.
     
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  36. fastdunn

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    I don't think Nadal is going to be that easy in the future
    (if Nadal stays healthy of course)

    Lefty with Nadal kind of talent will be always tricky to handle...
    Tennis history proved it over and over again...


     
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  37. legolas

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    i hope that roger does better
     
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  38. rafael

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    Depends on the surface. Clay I give the obvious advantage to Nadal. Grass/Fast court Federer. medium pace either way.
     
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  39. go_nadal

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    Please explain how he is a pusher????
     
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  40. edberg505

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    Well, it's not as if Nadal is known for hitting winners. He usually loops a bunch of high topspin balls back at his opponent as to cause an error.
     
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  41. ssuHeartsRivald

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    i predict they'll meet each other 3 times this year in semi or final. 2-1 for Federer. Nadal need a longer recovery time to bring back his performance to the peak.
     
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  42. kbg

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    Yup, that's what I meant when I said he was a pusher. Some people dig it but I find that style of play really boring. I grew up admiring guys like Edberg, Sampras, Rafter or agressive baseliners like Agassi, Rios and Safin so counterpunching as a style of play never really appealed to me.
     
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  43. fastdunn

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    Oh no. We wouldn't be that excited about Nadal if he was a simple
    pusher. There are many difficult things to do in tennis.
    Nadal executes those in critical moments. He is something
    different from Hewitt who played percentage from early days
    (as Wilander put about Hewitt). As Federer once said "People
    do not realize how good Nadal can be!".
     
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  44. tenalyser

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    And when did he say that?
     
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  45. edberg505

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    Honestly, how many times have you seen Nadal hit winners at will like, Fed or Safin? Now make no mistake, he's deadly on the run which is when he can hit most of his winners. But aside from that, no way. I think I was watching a Nadal vs. Ferrer match and I could have sworn I was watching boys 10's. It was crazy. Every ball had like a 10ft clearance over the net. Watching Nadal play certain people can be exciting, but watching Fed play anyone is always exciting.
     
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  46. fastdunn

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    Nadal still shows shot making ability at critical moments.

    But I do agree some clay court matches get boring.
    In a way, everybody plays somewhat pusher on clay...

    But look how Nadal "systemetically" neutralize Federer's
    baseline game on hard courts. He does not hit many outright
    winners but Nadal actively and systematically destroy his
    opponents game. So I would refuse to classify him
    as "pusher".
     
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  47. jings

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    Not only does #1 and #2 seeding mean that they'll have maximum amount of trouble meeting at a tournament, given the shape of their schedules the last couple of years you can rule out them being in the same continent for 4 months of the year give or take. Supposedly nadal is going to play less on clay and more hard court tournaments but with the foot injury will he be able to play a heavier hard court schedule when he's got trouble on the clay? For anyone to claim Nadal owns Federer on clay after one meeting seems a bit over the top, and after 3 matches any shape to the head to head is inconclusive. Looking at the slams I see them meeting regularly at RG, not so often elsewhere.
     
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  48. Grimjack

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    What in Nadal's history suggests that he'll be healthy enough to even play in more than one French Open out of every three?
     
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  49. Babblelot

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    Opps, I'm in the wrong thread.

    But I couldn't agree more with that, GJ.
     
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  50. Bogie

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    him playing in every possible tourny he could last year, winning 11 titles tied fed for best of the year, 1 being the french along with 4 masters series, a 44-2 record on clay and a 79-10 record all together, and he was able to win 2 out of his total 4 masters series tournies while injured as well, one being against ljubicic, and the other against coria (dont remember what exactly was wrong with him but i know for a fact that he wasn't 100%). sure he had an injury at the end of the year to keep him out of shanghai, but guess what s**t happens. by the way hes training and working out right now, i think hell be able to keep up his physical condition and i think thatll help him top out on fed sometime in the near future.
     
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