Originally Posted by Bobby Jr
For crying out loud - this is not a "strike against his name".. it has only become so by internet flacks and die-hard Nadal fans.
AGAIN, beating someone in itself means nothing in tennis. There is no trophy for beating any particular person, no award for it, no bonus points and there is certainly no head to head system factored into rankings, seedings, points etc.
The only thing other than performances at tournaments that matters in tennis is the ranking race. Neither depend one bit on any particular head to head. They never will.
Nadal plainly was a crap player outside of his favourite surface for years - a cunning detail which helped him face Federer again and again on his favourite surface. Off his favourite surface he regularly lost to chumps who usually couldn't even muster a set off Federer.
This is no not knock against Fed's career? So if Nadal was a "crap player" for years off his favorite surface, what does that say about Nadal beating Fed way back in 2004 on his favorite surface (hard courts?) Its a MAJOR knock against Federer's career.. Bottom line. Nadal has been the primary favorite vs. Federer (especially once he honed his craft outside of clay) for the good majority of his career.
When your main rival is the FAVORITE against you 85-90 percent of the time, how is that not a knock on someone?