Djokovic is closer to Federer than Nadal is

Belgrad13

Rookie
No, they are not in anyway equal.

Grigor Dimitrov won the 2017 WTF yet no one outside of people on this forum actually cared about that. Zverev won the 2018 WTF yet he did nothing notable in 2019 at any of the Slams.

There is a reason why the slams are the #1 factors by fans and tennis historians in determining who is the best player of all time.

There is a reason why Sampras was ranked the #1 player before the Big Three despite the fact that he never did anything at the French Open.

Federer would gladly give away all of his WTF titles if you could ensure him that he would get at least two or even just one of the Wimbledon finals that he lost to Novak

This is the only place where people try to hype up the WTF as being important as Slams.
Indian Wells and Miami > Tour Finals
 

Fiero425

Hall of Fame
Outside of winning them all (which Rafa has done). Distribution is irrelevant. We don't look back on past champions and care about their slam or surface distribution. Laver won the grand slam when three of the four slams were on grass but this fact in no way diminishes his greatness, Sampras was considered GOAT before Fed despite not winning RG. The argument doesn't stand up.

BTW Rafa's distribution isn't a whole lot different to Djokovic's.

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The only major difference in the numbers is that Rafa dominated his best slam better than Djoker dominated his. Utter dominance on a surface like the world has never seen does not equal failure on the rest.
:sneaky: The reason critics are being so "nip-picky" is because Fedalovic are so close when it comes to the historic record of their play! Even though Roger's several years older, he's about to be surpassed in just about every way possible by Nadovic! To distinguish each of the "Big 3," we zero in on anomalies like "most of Nadal's majors inordinately come on clay!" Unlike Laver who had 3 tournaments on grass, there was little he could do about that! Fedovic have a more balanced record with that added sweetener of multiple YEC's; something Nadal's been struggling to accomplish just once! :sneaky:
 

titoelcolombiano

Hall of Fame
:sneaky: The reason critics are being so "nip-picky" is because Fedalovic are so close when it comes to the historic record of their play! Even though Roger's several years older, he's about to be surpassed in just about every way possible by Nadovic! To distinguish each of the "Big 3," we zero in on anomalies like "most of Nadal's majors inordinately come on clay!" Unlike Laver who had 3 tournaments on grass, there was little he could do about that! Fedovic have a more balanced record with that added sweetener of multiple YEC's; something Nadal's been struggling to accomplish just once! :sneaky:
Well for starters, distribution is only ever mentioned here not really anywhere else or in the general sports media. Secondly, Djokovic doesn't really have that much of a different spread to Nadal. The only real difference is that Nadal dominated his best slam more than Djokovic and in no universe should that be a detraction from a claim to greatness.

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Lastly, without the joke that was 2003 - 2007 Federer would be missing 40% of his current tally and wouldn't even be in the conversation. Either of the other two at age 22 - 26 would have cleaned up that period too.
 

Nole Slam

Semi-Pro
Djokovic

17 Slams
5 YECs
5 YE #1
276+ weeks at number one

Nadal

19 Slams
0 YECs
5 YE #1
209 weeks at number one
 
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