folks there is no way around it. 2014 is the most significant year in tennis history. this is the year that will decide if nadal is going to remove Federer permanently for those GOAT discussions that the press and the media so often like to push to sell their stories. it is clear enough to me that nadal is better than roger. it is not rocket science. there is no way around 21-10. head to head has to matter the most in this individual sport. nadal has him in 6 of 8 slam finals on all 3 surfaces. and he has beaten him a few other times too at slams. but 17-18 majors for nadal makes it a absolute slam dunk case and effectively shuts down all the Federereeeeeeesian missionary shops around the globe. so that being said and extrapolating from that, the first slam becomes the single most important slam of 2014: 1. if nadal wins it, his chances of hitting 17 slams skyrocket instantly. remember that 2 is all he needs for 2014 and he is in. after that he will have 2-3 years to grab 2-3 more. 2. also by winning it he effectively shuts down the nole shop and keeps him in check. this way nadal can continue his assault on tennis history. all this leads to me to believe that nadal is going after this slam. this is why he has such a brutal schedule ahead. he wants to get as many matches under his belt as possible. I don't believe he will be stopped. he can meet nole only in the final. and there is no guarantee nole will get there. and this time it will be different if nole does get there. he will be under intense pressure in so many ways. nadal has figured out nole. it will be near impossible for nole to deal with nadal again in best of 5 sets environments. so are you ready yet for my most amazing prediction? say hello to #14 sports fans. it is happening. you can make book on it. you have the floor. lets get this party started. have fun and have at it. lets hear what you have to say on this matter.