I'm talking about the last 3 years. Federer and Nadal won the first six slams, and Djokovic and Nadal won the last six slams. That's what separates Rafa: he won a slam each year, and it's why he's three over Nole, and within one of Roger.
LOL at Djokovic fans still trying to connect Nadal and Djokovic at the hip.
Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic have won the last 12 slams. Federer/Nadal won the first 6, and Djokovic/Nadal won the last six. The common factor is Nadal.
Wawrinka. He's never been ranked in the top-2, never won the WTF, and has won a Masters title just once. But for some unknown reason, Djokovic goes into *itch-mode against him at slams, so Stan has served a useful purpose. ;)
"Heartbreaking" losses (at the time of the loss. Not in hindsight):
2000 - 2005: None
2007: - Miami (This was a 'WTF' loss)
2009: Australian Open
2011: US Open
Federer USO 2008 - He wouldn't be tied for most USO titles in the open era, wouldn't have 5 consecutive wins at 2 different slams, wouldn't have 8 consecutive years with a slam title, and would have a slam final loss to Murray.
Nadal Wimbledon 2010 - He wouldn't have a 3-slam year, would have a...
Stop including 2010. Djokovic didn't reach his peak until 2011. Since that time, Rafa hasn't won the AO or Wimbledon. Peak Nadal? Right. Peak Djokovic won his AO titles beating up his AO pigeon Murray, and his Wimbledon titles beating up Federer (though that didn't first happen until...
Open Era slam champions with 8 titles: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Sampras, Borg, Connors, Lendl, Agassi.
Those who have also won the WTF/YEC: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Sampras, Borg, Connors, Lendl, Agassi.
Winning 6 titles at a slam is an achievement. Winning 6 titles at two slams is a separate achievement. Winning 5 titles at two slams is an achievement. Winning 5 titles at three slams is a separate achievement. Saying they are all based on one thing is ridiculous. This thread isn't about total...
What I'm acknowledging is that peak Federer faced peak Rafa, and peak Djokovic didn't face peak Federer or Nadal. By the time Nole reached hit peak, it had been 8 years since Roger started consistently winning slams, and 6 years since Rafa. It's telling that Federer last beat Nole at a slam 9...
Nadal burst onto the scene in 2005. He was a 2-time Roland Garros champion, Wimbledon finalist, and 2-time YE#2 by the end of 2006. You want to argue that Federer won 4 of his slams before Rafa? Fine.
To add, Nadal was a 5-time RG champion, 2-time Wimbledon champion, Australian Open champion...
It's quite simple.
Roger won at least 8 titles at one slam. 8X1
Roger won at least 6 titles at two slams. 6X2
Roger won at least 5 titles at three slams. 5X3
Roger won at least 1 title at four slams. 1X4
That's your opinion. Lets allow math to give us a definitive answer to who has the best distribution:
Federer: 8X1, 6X2, 5X3, 1X4
Nadal: 12X1, 4X2, 2X3, 1X4
Djokovic: 7X1, 5X2, 3X3, 1X4
Distribution definitely matters. Winning many titles at different slam tournaments is definitely a GOAT factor. That said, Rafa won his best slam 12 times vs Nole's seven; Nole won his 2nd best slam 5 times vs Rafa's four; Nole won his 3rd best slam 3 times vs Rafa's two. Djokovic really doesn't...
No relevance. You said Federer is lucky to win half his slams before Nadal and Djokovic's arrival, so Nadal is lucky to win half his slams before Djokovic's arrival, no? If not, please explain...more so considering that since Nole arrived, Rafa hasn't won the Australian Open or Wimbledon.
Baghdatis was born in 1985. He wasn't Roger's contemporary, but a NextGen. And he was a strong NextGen (one of many during Federer's peak/prime years)...not only making the 06 AO final, but the 06 Wimbledon semifinal. He simply didn't develop into a strong contemporary for Nadal and Djokovic, so...
From 2005 - 2010 Nadal won 9 slams, and stopped Federer from winning six. With Djokovic, had he not went awol for 3 years after winning his first slam in 2008, and had assisted Nadal in stopping Federer from winning slams (08 USO; 09 RG; 2010 AO), the current slam race would be totally different.