2007-2010 Nadal - One of the Greatest Grass Court Players of all Time

#1
As a Federer and Nadal fan, I have to say I was first only a Federer fan at the beginning, and it used to hurt knowing the rivalry wasn't really a rivalry, Nadal dominated my favorite player, regardless of surface, to know my player was beaten consistently, and it hurt more when Nadal started beating Federer on grass and hard. But over time I learnt to appreciate both, and realised how lucky we are to have these two.

So 2007 Federer is seen the greatest version of Federer. He was the right age, 27 is generally when most players are at their most prime, he won 3 slams, and would have won the French that year if it was any other player in history apart from Nadal, I have 100% belief 2007 Federer would beat Prime Djokovic, Keurten, Borg at the French.

So in 2007 Nadal took Federer, who is the greatest grass court player of all time playing in his absolute prime, to 5 sets at Wimbledon. What an achievement for a young, under developed at the time, player, who was suited for clay.

In Wimbledon 2008 Federer was playing even better than 2007. He lost a set in 2007 before the final, but in 2008 he did not lose a set till the final. He was at his best, hitting winners from anywhere, and I miss this version of Federer, it was like a butterfly with a deadly sting.

Federer really did play amazing, the quality of the rallies were beyond anything ever seen before in the sport, the passing shots, winners both players were hitting was simply amazing.

It is no surprise then why most tennis fans, experts, current and past players, pundits, commentators, journalists and coaches say the Wimbledon 2008 final was the greatest tennis match of all time.

For Nadal to be able to demonstrate he can match Federer's level two years in a row whilst he was in his Prime and whilst he is the greatest the grass court player of all time, and beating him in one of the years.

There is no doubt that the Nadal 2007-2010 is one of the greatest grass court players of all time, otherwise how else could he match the greatest grass court player of all time, toe to toe and beat him?

 
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#5
Federer & Nadal are both so great I love them both. True legends and class acts. If I have to choose one it would be so difficult but I’d give a slight edge to Nadal because he also has nice arms and legs, very athletic and attractive especially when he wears a sleeveless shirt. If Zverev is out, a final at Wimbledon between the two would be amazing and a win-win situation for tennis.
 
#6
In 2007 he lost four sets before the final. He was down 2 sets to Youzhny in the fourth round and would have have lost if not for Youzhny's injury.
In 2008 he lost a set to Gulbis.
In 2010 he had trouble with Haase and Petzschner but they choked. After 2010 his opponents started choking less.
Federer needed 5 sets to beat him in 2007, and lost to him in 5 sets in 2008.

We are talking about the greatest grass court player of all time.

Explain.
 
#14
In 2007 he lost four sets before the final. He was down 2 sets to Youzhny in the fourth round and would have have lost if not for Youzhny's injury.
In 2008 he lost a set to Gulbis.
In 2010 he had trouble with Haase and Petzschner but they choked. After 2010 his opponents started choking less.
That was pretty much the end of Youzhny career too, he was never quite the same after that...
 
#19
I actually agree on that, would probably extend it to 2011. He was very good that tournament, Djokovic was on just too much of a roll, and had too big a psychological edge on Nadal at that point. With the caveat it is only on the slower rye grass he plays on. I doubt he would have been nearly as effective even in that form on old traditional grass.
 
#23
Nadal is probably only the 4th best grass court player of just his era alone

What a weak tennis era considering Rafa is just football player WHO accidentally chose tennis.

Hey Fed! How dare you let this guy win 17 majors during your watch. And how dare you cry in front of him after losing.:)
 
#25
In 2007 he lost four sets before the final. He was down 2 sets to Youzhny in the fourth round and would have have lost if not for Youzhny's injury.
In 2008 he lost a set to Gulbis.
In 2010 he had trouble with Haase and Petzschner but they choked. After 2010 his opponents started choking less.
Petzschner and Haase choked ? Give some credit to Tio and Raphla's moral strategies, you immoral hater :mad:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport...al-win-controversy-following-coaching-1915243
https://anygivensurface.wordpress.com/2010/06/27/petzschner-unhappy-with-nadals-medical-time-out/
 
#26
As a Federer and Nadal fan, I have to say I was first only a Federer fan at the beginning, and it used to hurt knowing the rivalry wasn't really a rivalry, Nadal dominated my favorite player, regardless of surface, to know my player was beaten consistently, and it hurt more when Nadal started beating Federer on grass and hard. But over time I learnt to appreciate both, and realised how lucky we are to have these two.

So 2007 Federer is seen the greatest version of Federer. He was the right age, 27 is generally when most players are at their most prime, he won 3 slams, and would have won the French that year if it was any other player in history apart from Nadal, I have 100% belief 2007 Federer would beat Prime Djokovic, Keurten, Borg at the French.

So in 2007 Nadal took Federer, who is the greatest grass court player of all time playing in his absolute prime, to 5 sets at Wimbledon. What an achievement for a young, under developed at the time, player, who was suited for clay.

In Wimbledon 2008 Federer was playing even better than 2007. He lost a set in 2007 before the final, but in 2008 he did not lose a set till the final. He was at his best, hitting winners from anywhere, and I miss this version of Federer, it was like a butterfly with a deadly sting.

Federer really did play amazing, the quality of the rallies were beyond anything ever seen before in the sport, the passing shots, winners both players were hitting was simply amazing.

It is no surprise then why most tennis fans, experts, current and past players, pundits, commentators, journalists and coaches say the Wimbledon 2008 final was the greatest tennis match of all time.

For Nadal to be able to demonstrate he can match Federer's level two years in a row whilst he was in his Prime and whilst he is the greatest the grass court player of all time, and beating him in one of the years.

There is no doubt that the Nadal 2007-2010 is one of the greatest grass court players of all time, otherwise how else could he match the greatest grass court player of all time, toe to toe and beat him?

A few years back when I said I was a fan of both Nadal and Fed, I practically got lynched, and I could not understand what was going on.

But I get it now. People here assumed I was just trolling and was firmly behind one or the other - and was lying.

However, I never told people Fed was my favorite player while trying to prove Nadal is one of the best grass players of all time. :D
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
#27
He's arguably the 4th best grasscourter of his own era and that's in much, much more favourable conditions than those in the past. A guy like Lendl would have killed for them.

That he struggles so much in the 1st week when the grass is actually fast (something not just Fed, but Novak and Murray also rarely do) is pretty telling.

His 2008 form on grass was amazing, but that's about it.
 
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