Originally Posted by veroniquem
Nadal/Fed is too one sided: at AO, RG, WTW: one player wins all. It also didn't happen at USO and in 4 out of the 6 hard court masters. It didn't happen at Olympics either. By contrast, Nadal/Djoko happened everywhere.
Nadal/Fed was at its most interesting on grass but it only happened there between 2006 and 2008. It was good but too limited in time.
Nadal v Federer matches are WAAAYYYY more exciting than Nadal v Djokovic matches.
You have a valid point that Rafa and Novak have met almost everywhere, but I'm a quality over quantity person. Rafa v Fed WIM matches have occurred more often than Rafa v Novak at WIM and 2 of the Rafa v Fed matches are classics especially 2008. The Rafa v Novak WIM matches aren't anything special at all.
Rafa has also played Fed more times at the AO than Djokovic. That 09 final is probably not quite as dramatic as the 12 final, but the quality of the tennis was much better.
Rafa has also played Fed more times at RG than Novak. Novak took his very first set against Rafa at RG in last year's final but only when the rain completely changed the conditions of the court. Fed at least was able to get a set everytime except for 08 and didn't need it to **** down rain.
The USO is the only major where Rafa and Novak have met more times than Rafa and Fed. IMO, those USO matches were entertaining, but based on Rafa and Fed's history I'd be willing to bet that a USO meeting between the 2 would've been more entertaining and certainly more dramatic since they've never met before.