Originally Posted by Crisstti
No, Fed can't play himself and Rafa can't play himself, yet Rafa has played Fed and Djokovic for most of his slams, and Fed didn't. It's a plain fact that yes, has been discussed a lot already here. There's a whole thread about it still going on.
And that is a moot point. Because when Federer didn't play them, he played guys who were stronger than them at that time. During his first US Open finals, for example, playing Nadal or Djokovic would have been easier than playing Hewitt, Agassi, or Roddick. And that's not even close.