# How did Rafael Nadal become the most consistent performer out of the big three?

#### Simplicius

##### Semi-Pro
Since the start of 2017 at grand slams,
Nadal: 6 finals, 4 grand slam titles, 8 SF
Federer: 3 finals, 3 grand slam titles, 4 SF
Djokovic: 3 finals, 3 grand slam titles, 4 SF
When did Rafael Nadal become the most consistent all-court performer of the big three?
I have to re-check my maths knowledge asap...
Slam winning consistency per final:
Federer: 100%
Djokovic: 100%

#### aman92

##### Hall of Fame
Clay and cupcake draws.
Words which appear like a broken record from every ******* when they have no logical arguments remaining

#### kar_katch

##### Rookie
Since the start of 2017 at grand slams,

Nadal: 6 finals, 4 grand slam titles, 8 SF
Federer: 3 finals, 3 grand slam titles, 4 SF
Djokovic: 3 finals, 3 grand slam titles, 4 SF

When did Rafael Nadal become the most consistent all-court performer of the big three?
Because in that period, one of the opponents was around 37 and the other had a mental collapse. was injured and had elbow surgery. At the same time, the field is a joke and as weak as it gets with no upcoming talent. Im not trolling, I mean genuinely, you asked, there is the answer. Fed, Djokovic and Nadal are going to continue to clear up in this joke of an era and they are godd enough to do so

Also you picked a random 2017 until now. If you extend it to 2015 until now DJokovic is clearly on top, how bizare to pick 2017?

##### Legend
No, it isn't. Ken Rosewall won three majors between 35-37.

Can you please stop clogging up the forum with completely ignorant posts. It's one thing not to know simple facts (such as how to write Roland-Garros), it's quite another to spend all day, every day pontificating on a sport you are clearly barely acquainted with.

And please try and cut out the "moron" talk. It should be possible to discuss tennis without using abusive language.

#### hipolymer

##### Hall of Fame
Agree or not agree nadal has been the most consistent player in grand slams since 2017.
Very true. Guys like Berdych, Anderson, Ferrer, and Tim are much harder GS final opponents than Fraud had.
Clay is not a GS surface. It's a hippo's surface

#### kar_katch

##### Rookie
Words which appear like a broken record from every ******* when they have no logical arguments remaining
Calm down with your tone son its only a tennis forum. Also what specifically do you disagree with? Nadal has literally been dominating clay versus no clay ATG's and a whole range of clay mugs. Which clay ATG has Nadal faced? Its biggest weak era stretch ever. Nadals biggest clay rival is basically fed and novak (and lol Thiem), both 1 time RG champions and not clay GOATs or ATG's. And Thiem, well the guy who has less clay masters 1000 then Zverev. Heck he has less clay masters then well anyone as he has 0.

THIEM IS A 0 SLAM, 0 WTF, 0 MASTERS, 0 WEEKS AT NO 1, HECK NO 2, HECK NO 3 MUG AND HE IS NEDS MAIN COMPETITION

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#### Bartelby

##### Talk Tennis Guru
Nadal is a consistent failure at the WTF, and that's another form of consistency.

#### mxmx

##### Professional
Are you saying that anyone in the history of tennis that didn’t face Nadal and Djokovic played in a weak era and their achievements should be seen as insignificant?
Well...this is what I would be saying...

#### Grampa

##### Semi-Pro
Baghdatis, Philliweakis, Roddick, Hewitt
Puerta, Ferrer, Berdych, Wawrinka.

#### Grampa

##### Semi-Pro
So, if Roger didn't win any slams from 2013-2016 how is he tough competition? Or are only VB and Djokovic fanbase allowed to use double standards? Nadal has beaten the least amount of top ten, hasn't won WTF and barely eked out an AO a decade ago. Next year is the ten year anniversary of his last Wimbledon win and Humbalito hasn't done too well on 10 year anniversaries. I mean, he holds the record for no.2 weeks and isn't even in the top 5 players with most weeks at no.1.

#### zuluzazu

##### Rookie
Puerta, Ferrer, Berdych, Wawrinka.
Wawrinka has 3 grand slams beating the world number 1 in the final on each occasion. So wawrinka is not on the level of others you mentioned.

#### WhiskeyEE

##### Legend
Easy draws and favourable weather.

#### kar_katch

##### Rookie
Wawrinka has 3 grand slams beating the world number 1 in the final on each occasion. So wawrinka is not on the level of others you mentioned.
He only has 3 slams cos novak cocked up a let him win 2 slams where as fedal would typically crush non ATGs in slam finals and keep them in their place. Look what Thiem did to peak world no 1 djokovic and then look what nadal did to Thiem? Had the draws been the other way round and djokobvic faced thiem in the final, chokovic would have choked and turned THiem into the "amazin clay courter RG champion".... ned kept him in his place

Yes I realise Wawrina got 1 slam vs Ned but Ned was injured (well so he says) and at least levelled it by beating Wawrinka in their other slam final

#### sbengte

##### G.O.A.T.
Easy draws and favourable weather.
Consistently cake draws, consistent favoritism with scheduling.

#### Pantera

##### Banned
Since the start of 2017 at grand slams,

Nadal: 6 finals, 4 grand slam titles, 8 SF
Federer: 3 finals, 3 grand slam titles, 4 SF
Djokovic: 3 finals, 3 grand slam titles, 4 SF

When did Rafael Nadal become the most consistent all-court performer of the big three?
Nadal dominating the sport past 2 years...and he has missed a lot as well. Just adds more layers to his GOATcake.

#### Pantera

##### Banned
Consistently cake draws, consistent favoritism with scheduling.
Try that again with some more salt hahaha

#### Pantera

##### Banned
Let’s look at this tiny segment of their careers where Fed is ancient and Djoker was injured half the time period
How about we look at Majors won at same age....Nadal 18 Federer 17..and Nadal did not have 4 years with no ATG to play against

#### ChrisRF

##### Hall of Fame
I have to re-check my maths knowledge asap...
Slam winning consistency per final:
Federer: 100%
Djokovic: 100%
So Simplicius says losing before the final shows more consistency than losing in a final?

#### Red Rick

##### Talk Tennis Guru
Since the start of 2017 at grand slams,

Nadal: 6 finals, 4 grand slam titles, 8 SF
Federer: 3 finals, 3 grand slam titles, 4 SF
Djokovic: 3 finals, 3 grand slam titles, 4 SF

When did Rafael Nadal become the most consistent all-court performer of the big three?
Because selection bias.

#### Azure

##### Legend
How did he become consistent? Hard work. There is no substitute for it. It applies to the big three for that matter and even the likes of Ferrer. Consistency is just achieving the same things. You can't achieve them with mere talent. You have to do the same things in practice over and over and over again.

#### MajesticTennisManiac

##### Rookie
He's always been consistent on clay so that doesn't need explaining.
Other than that he got some fortunate draws- 4-3 record against top-10 players off clay (Djokovic 5-1,Federer 7-1) and obviously Djokovic and Federer both have a slump year since 2017

##### Legend
Ok so Nadal wins 4 slams (3 x RG and 1 x USO) between 2017-2019.

The same Nadal in 2005-07 (minus his young self):

Wins RG 2005 and 2007. That's it! 2 slams!
Young Nadal is vastly overrated on the forum. He was awesome on clay but he was completely lackluster on HC due to a weak serve. Nadal’s evolution of serving allowed him to win slams off clay after 2007 and it has greatly extended his career.

If Nadal served like he did in 2005 now, he wouldn’t even win on clay.

#### haqq777

##### Legend
In the last nine matches Rafa has played till now including the RG final, he has gone through and beat world number 1, world number 3, world number 4, world number 6 and world number 7. But yeah sure, no competition. Posters here amuse me to no end.

#### Steve0904

##### Talk Tennis Guru
He's definitely done very well on all surfaces lately. And as great as he is in still winning RG titles, he has one relatively surprising win. USO 2017. He also has gone on a stretch of pulling out of HC tournaments since then despite great results so I don't think it's a matter of time before he wins an off clay slam tbh. Nadal is at the age now where he needs to capitalize on great form in the next 1.5 years or so or he might miss his chance. He's not in his prime anymore so he doesn't have a lot of time IMO.

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#### FRV

##### Guest
Do you guys want to see my tennis serve?

#### Imperator

##### Professional
Why since 2017 specifically ?

#### Azure

##### Legend
Do you guys want to see my tennis serve?
You keep mentioning it often. Now I am curious.

#### sbengte

##### G.O.A.T.
Try that again with some more salt hahaha
Lame. But there isn't much you can do when the truth hurts.

#### Backspin1183

##### G.O.A.T.
Kudos to Nadal for being there more times than the other two. The bizarre situation of US Open 2017 makes the difference of one extra slam win but he still edges his rivals without it.
But his rivals have been the better big match players than him in the same period. It used to be the other way around in their primes.

#### Pantera

##### Banned
Lame. But there isn't much you can do when the truth hurts.
Its hypocritical when Federer had cake walk draws for 5 years pre-Nadal..now shall I send some more salt lol

#### moonballs

##### Hall of Fame
But his rivals have been the better big match players than him in the same period. It used to be the other way around in their primes.
to me making a final is still better than not making one, despite it is frustrating to lose in it.

#### DSH

##### Hall of Fame
Nadal has 6 finals in the Grand Slam tournament with 30+ years.
Only Rosewall with 8 and Federer with 7, have more finals than him.
And the Spaniard has a 2 year window opportunity to close the gap with his old pal.
Stay tuned.

#### Luka888

##### Hall of Fame
I'm sorry, but why did you pick 2017? It doesn't make any sense. Stupid thread. Sorry.

Rafa is not the most consistent player. Well he is at RG. Everyithing else is a nonsense. I hate to address different fan basis, but some Rafa fans seem to be beyond stupid sometimes.

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#### DSH

##### Hall of Fame
I have to re-check my maths knowledge asap...
Slam winning consistency per final:
Federer: 100%
Djokovic: 100%
I thought making finals is way better than being eliminated early in the Majors.
You never know how fans love making his idol nemesis, look bad.
I am amused!

#### EdSWright

##### Professional
Since the start of 2017 at grand slams,

Nadal: 6 finals, 4 grand slam titles, 8 SF
Federer: 3 finals, 3 grand slam titles, 4 SF
Djokovic: 3 finals, 3 grand slam titles, 4 SF

When did Rafael Nadal become the most consistent all-court performer of the big three?
Having the uncanny ability to peak for a French sporting event at the same time every year. I have only seen one other with similar peaking abilities in France... until he got greedy and too obvious.

#### letustennis97

##### New User
The nadal got outclassed in AO finals by Federer and Djokovic. It shows how weak he is facing great players outside clay

#### VarmasPermo

##### Semi-Pro
Amongst the big 4, Nadal is the most consistent WTF player ever, adjusted by the yearly result.

#### Simplicius

##### Semi-Pro
So Simplicius says losing before the final shows more consistency than losing in a final?
Been allergic with the mud is not about losing...

I thought making finals is way better than being eliminated early in the Majors.
You never know how fans love making his idol nemesis, look bad. I am amused!
Guys, I can really understand the way you're thinking.
But when we're talking about Big 3, in the end of the day we're talking about Grand Slams wins.

#### clayqueen

##### G.O.A.T.
Clay and mug draws. Basically story of Nadal's career.
Haters only hate the people they can't be.

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#### Lleytonstation

##### Legend
Puerta, Ferrer, Berdych, Wawrinka.
Anderson, Thiem, and Soderling. Heck if your saying Fed is not that good then you have Fed too.

#### Grampa

##### Semi-Pro
Anderson, Thiem, and Soderling. Heck if your saying Fed is not that good then you have Fed too.
Fedal each played Soderling once in the final so I didn’t include him.

#### weakera

##### Hall of Fame
Last 3 seasons:

Nadal: 7 finals, 5 grand slam titles, 10 SF
Djokovic: 4 finals, 4 grand slam titles, 5 SF
Federer: 4 finals, 3 grand slam titles, 5 SF