"I think the era of winning is over" - Wilander on Nadal and Federer

Frenchy-Player

Professional
So Nadal will win another slam :-D

Mats Wilander spoke to Eurosport about the recent developments in the careers of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal expressing the belief that their winning grand slam time is over.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal won't step onto a tennis court in 2021 anymore as both players have elected no to play in order to heal the nagging injuries they suffered. For Federer, the road ahead is much tougher both in terms of his age and the severity of the injury.
Eurosport tennis analyst spoke about the recent developments saying:

“I don’t think it is the end of an era. It might be the end of winning Grand Slam tournaments but with Rafa and Roland Garros, the love affair he has over there, you can never say it’s the end of that relationship until he has held his rackets on the wall."

Wilander makes a fair point with both players slowly entering stages of their career where winning majors isn't common anymore no matter how good a player is. The younger players are getting better and Novak Djokovic seems far away from hanging it up as well.
Wilanders still expressed his belief that both still have a lot to give to tennis summing up his houghts with:

But the era of filling the stands with Federer fans and Rafa fans and even Novak fans, that era is still alive. There is a couple more years of that. I am not sure they will be winning any more Grand Slams."

 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Boy, one year out for Raf and he is a has-been already. Fed has been rolling a bit down, so that make sense, but sheesh. And the 2020 COVID breaks didn't help for anyone's playing shape, especially with a player like Raf who needs reps and match confidence. However, as we have talked about there is is the idea that neither Fed or Nad have the desire to compete like they did now. WIth the break of the tour both have had time to spend with family and friends, do some soul searching, explore life outside of constant tennis tournaments, fan fair, and especially media and advertiser commitments, and I think both liked it quite a bit. Neither has anything left they really need and seem very settled with their place in tennis GOAT history. To me the comfort they have to step away again for the rest of the season to see about the next points more to that than anything. Address some injuries and evaluate what's next. PHysically Nadal can compete, but gotta see where his head is at. Fed unfortunately has a bigger hill to climb.
 

Devtennis01

G.O.A.T.
Nadal is 35. He's lost, this year, at RG for only what the third time in his career, and the lost was in four sets and he was seemingly healthy. He has only been able to compete in two of the four slams. He's been losing matches in winning positions and really declining in later stages of the match. He is 35. I don't think it's far fetched to say his career is on the slide.
 

socallefty

Legend
Except the end of the last set against Djokovic at RG, Nadal looked like he can take on all comers for most of the clay court season. That match with Djokovic was highly competitive. I don’t know why Nadal would not be one of the top two contenders for the French Open next year.
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
Don't need a crystal ball to know Fed is done. Was hoping he could vulture a few tournaments and get his total up a bit but if he makes another QF anywhere that will be a victory. Nadal might have more to give but it's clear that physically he has slipped a lot which has always been one of his biggest weapons.
 

junior74

G.O.A.T.
Nadal is 35. He's lost, this year, at RG for only what the third time in his career, and the lost was in four sets and he was seemingly healthy. He has only been able to compete in two of the four slams. He's been losing matches in winning positions and really declining in later stages of the match. He is 35. I don't think it's far fetched to say his career is on the slide.
Federer, on the other hand, evolved and was playing the best tennis of his career at 35 according to himself and Djokovic' fans. An unbiased proof peak Federer could never win against peak (or perhaps still pre-peak, since he is even more complete now) Djokovic.

Nadal has that Finnish look again.

Luckily, the era of whining never ends at TT :)
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
Wilander reminds me of a two year old at a family gathering -- no matter how obvious or trite his utterances, some people feel obligated to marvel at it.
 
I think this is obvious, but many are in denial. Fed added a whopping three slams after the age of 35, I never thought Rafa could replicate that and don't believe Djokovic will either.
That’s a fair assessment. I personally think Novak hasn’t got to long left but hopefully long enough to put a bit of a gap between himself and fedal but we will see.
 
'The era of winning is over' - Quite funny when applied to the sport at large. As such, you'd conclude it's an era of players simply losing less than others. How unwittingly fitting.
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
I think this is obvious, but many are in denial. Fed added a whopping three slams after the age of 35, I never thought Rafa could replicate that and don't believe Djokovic will either.
You also said Novak would NEVER get close to 20 slams.
Unlike Fed after 35, Novak faces ZERO competition.
Hence Novak could easily add slams for the next 3-4 years. Conservatively speaking maybe 4-8 more slams.
 
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