Originally Posted by edmondsm
Nadal basically got his USO the same way Fed got his FO. Just hang in there long enough until the perennial champ finally falters. The difference being Federer was actually the 2nd best clay player since 2005. You can't say the same for Nadal on hardcourts.....and Federer's draw at the 09' FO was not cupcake at all.
More like the difference is Nadal on hard courts always had a fighting chance vs anyone, including Federer, and happened to capatilize on one of his 3 very good chances to win the event- 2008, 2010, 2011, and would have defended in 2011 if a certain player didnt happen to hit his all time peak that very year. While Federer has one player he had no chance in hell of ever beating at RG, and was able to capatilize on the year he didnt have to face him, his one and only ever chance ever of winning RG and he eked it out after surviving a number of scares.
Federer was never Nadal's problem in winning U.S Opens or any other slam. Nadal's problem was always other players. Federer is pretty much irrelevant to Nadal's career, unlike the reverse where Nadal has a tremendous impact on Federer's. Nadal has lost what, probably 1 slam (2007 Wimbledon) due to Federer, and that is all, lol! In the event Nadal was playing well enough to win the U.S Open Federer, especialy a past his prime Federer, would his be his last worry. Federer is the one who probably thought about having to face an in form Nadal in the final when he had match point in the semis vs Djokovic and went oh sh1t and lost.
Federer's draw at the 2009 French was quite easy btw, even easier than Nadal's at the 2010 U.S Open. Atleast Djokovic in a slam final on hard courts is way better than anyone Federer faced at the 2009 French, which alone makes his draw tougher even if the rest is roughly the same. Soderling while he was playing very well that event, will never be a tough opponent in a slam final, like the other second tier players of this era doesnt have a champions mentality at all; Del Potro the hard court specialist on clay, and who even at his peak was generally below the caliber of players people like even Djokovic 1.0 version were, an old Haas on his worst surface, journeyman clay court specialist Acasuso, etc...