Originally Posted by 90's Clay
Nadal has enjoyed a nice advantage over his main rivals throughout his career. Something Fed can't say.
Djoker got the best of him last year, and Nadal stopped that this year. Nadal has had the h2h advantage over Fed since 2005 and has not been able to beat Nadal at a slam in five years.. Thats a long freakin time
The only thing that stopped Nadal was injuries.. Something no other player could consistently do
Federer's true rivals are guys like Nalbandian, Hewitt, Roddick and Safin, who he has crushed multiple times. Unlike his current rivals, they are roughly his age and not 5-6 years younger.
Djokovic/Murray and Nadal to some degree are part of the 'new generation' of players to challenge Federer.
And the amazing thing is that despite his age, Federer has managed to successfully keep up with this new generation of rivals. Leading H2H against Djoker and basically tied H2H against Murray is a testament to that.
Bottom line is, calling players 5-6 years younger than Federer his 'main rivals' is delusional. And expecting Federer to lead the H2H between said players in their peak, whilst he is in decline is ********. Olderer will very likely end up with a losing H2H against Djokovic, Murray and Nadal by the time he retires.
tl;dr Federer has demolished an entire generation and subdued another.