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    RG 2021 Final: Novak Djokovic [1] vs Stefanos Tsitsipas [5]

    The numbers only tell part of the story. Nadal and Djokovic have gone their entire career without having to face a younger all time great. Federer had to deal with two.
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    RG 2021 SF: Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic

    If Djokovic wins this set it's likely game over. No way Nadal wins a fifth set against Djokovic regardless of the service. He'll run out of gas.
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    Has Nadal been extraordinarily lucky at the French Open?

    He has been lucky in so much that he hasn't had to face a significantly younger all time great throughout the entirety of his career. Same goes for Djokovic. The fact that Federer has achieved as much as he has whilst having to deal with two significantly younger all time greats is frankly mind...
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    Delpo has more talent than any of today's young players

    You really get some perspective on how easy Djokovic (and Nadal for that matter) have had it when you consider that the Aust Open final was only the second time that Djokovic had faced a younger opponent in a Grand Slam final. Nadal and Djokovic will likely go their entire careers without having...
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    How did Nadal get such a ridiculous draw compared to Djoker & especially Fed?

    To be fair Nadal has had his fair share of cakewalk draws especially at the US Open. The reason Nadal has never won the WTF is that it is impossible to get an easy draw at that event. You have to play the best and beat the best.
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    Novak comment on Fed : “He showed me he is one of the best players of all time.”

    The lack of respect for Federer on this forum is sad. The man is a sporting icon - one of the greatest sportsman of all time. Nadal or Djokovic may yet surpass Federer's slam total yet neither will ultimately enjoy the legacy of Federer nor be considered greater than him by the majority. That...
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    I miss matches like 2006 US Open Federer v. Roddick :(

    This is (yet) another reason why Federer is so great. He has played through the modern evolution of tennis from a sport that favoured attacking multi-dimensional players to one that favoured players that adopted a counter punching, defence orientated, one dimensional baseline strategy. It is...
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    Medvedev to have the last laugh in NYC?

    I will be supporting Medvedev in the final. The last thing tennis needs is 'Barry Bonds' records.
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    Roger is the easy favorite for the title right now

    And yet Federer has 6 Aust Opens to Nadal's 1. Clearly Federer is the better player at the Aust Open.
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    Would Djokovic resigned if he was winning?

    This was as bad as Nadal in 2014 at the Aust Open. Stan deserves better. He beat both of them fair and square in my book.
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    Roger Federer has never retired in his career

    At this point it is. One of greatest sportsman of all time in the twilight of his career desperately defending his records against much younger stronger opponents. Compelling narrative.
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    FEDAL FINAL. Can it happen now?!

    Federer is now the firm favourite to win this years US Open. Nadal does not scare him anymore.
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    Three reasons why I think Nadal is currently very dangerous

    Doesn't change the fact that Federer has completely dominated Nadal in recent years.
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    The strange case of Laver's greatness ranking

    Part of what contributes to Federer's greatness is the widely held belief amongst tennis pundits that he would have thrived in any era. The same cant be said for Nadal and Djokovic. They are very much products of the technology.
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    Rafa Fans..who you rooting for?

    I have a feeling that Djokovic is really going to struggle with the crowd tomorrow.
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    Fed has a chance to secure his legacy Sunday

    Statistics only get you so far. Even were Djokovic and/or Nadal to pass the slam record I doubt either would be considered greater than Federer by the majority of tennis pundits. Djokovic and Nadal are truely great tennis players but they lack that undefinable magic that marks true genius. The...
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    Nadal vs Kyrgios - Potential Wimbledon Round 3

    One of the main reasons Nadal has failed to ever win the WTF is due to the fact that there is no such thing as an easy draw. You have to play the best. Some of his slam draw by contrast have been laughably easy.
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    The toughest draw of all time: Nadal at Wimbledon 2019

    Kyrgios does not like Nadal and will be up for this match big time.
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    The toughest draw of all time: Nadal at Wimbledon 2019

    It's more about the type of player. Nadal needs to avoid big servers at Wimbledon especially in the first week. His draw is packed with tall guys shooting down lightning bolts on a court that won't offer anywhere near as much bounce as last year. He won't last the first week with this draw.
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    The toughest draw of all time: Nadal at Wimbledon 2019

    All I can say is about time. Nadal has been incredibly lucky when it comes to slam draws in recent times.
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    2019 Roland Garros Semifinal: Nadal (2) vs Federer (3)

    To be fair Nadal's record in five set matches in recent times is terrible.
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    2019 Roland Garros Semifinal: Nadal (2) vs Federer (3)

    The Australian Open is my favourite reference point for showing how ridiculous the H2H argument is. Some Nadal fans will claim Nadal is better than Federer at the Aust Open (and by association on that surface) as he leads the head to head whist ignoring the fact that Federer has won the...
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    2019 Roland Garros Semifinal: Nadal (2) vs Federer (3)

    Nadal will have doubts regardless of the fact they are back on clay. It might not be rational for him to do so but rest assured he will.
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    How would Fed beat Nad?

    Federer can win. Nadal has slowed a lot in the last 12 months and has become increasingly mentally fragile in the big moments. Federer needs to serve well and come out swinging to plant those seeds of doubt. For once all the pressure is on Nadal. The crowd will be overwhelmingly pro Federer. I...
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    2019 RG QF: RAFA vs Nishikori

    Due to the weather Nadal will most likely have only a days rest before playing Federer. The script just keeps getting better and better for Roger.