Nadal- 4 years past his peak, 3 past his prime still #1

90's Clay

Banned
Gotta give it up for Nadal to maintain the #1 spot despite his level being FAR BELOW what it used to be overall. No one expected this out of Nadal.

Most never even expected he would be #1 again. gotta give the man props. He has been spending his career proving people WRONG
 

NADALRECORD

Banned
Nadal is the only man ever to win slams for 9 years in a row (2005-2013) and I'm very confident he will make it 10, 11 and 12 years in a row.
 

NADALRECORD

Banned
I'm not sure what you are talking about, he is playing as good as ever overall.
2013 was not as good as ever on clay/grass. I think Nadal will be a lot better on clay this year (already his Rio form was a lot better than last year's South American form). And I think he will be better at Wimbledon too, because he's had no problems with his knees since stem-cell therapy in December 2013. Last year Nadal said he was afraid to fully bend his knees at Wimbledon.
 

NADALRECORD

Banned
Most never even expected he would be #1 again. gotta give the man props. He has been spending his career proving people WRONG
You are right, but I very rarely meet a smart person (and even worse is that people are sheep and follow popular opinion). So it comes as no surprise when I hear that most people are wrong about something :lol:
 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
Nadal is the only man ever to win slams for 9 years in a row (2005-2013) and I'm very confident he will make it 10, 11 and 12 years in a row.
I'm not sure why you constantly repeat that stat. It's impressive for sure but don't forget that there were times between 2005-2013 where he was slamless whereas Fed always had at least 1 slam to his name between 2003-2010 which some would argue is just as impressive an achievement.
 

NADALRECORD

Banned
I'm not sure why you constantly repeat that stat. It's impressive for sure but don't forget that there were times between 2005-2013 where he was slamless whereas Fed always had at least 1 slam to his name between 2003-2010 which some would argue is just as impressive an achievement.
Nadal never had a slamless year from 2005-2013. Nadal is the only man to have done this for 9 years in a row.

Nadal also had the most versatile surface year ever when he won slams on clay, grass and hardcourt in a calendar year (2010).
 

dh003i

Legend
I'm not sure why you constantly repeat that stat. It's impressive for sure but don't forget that there were times between 2005-2013 where he was slamless whereas Fed always had at least 1 slam to his name between 2003-2010 which some would argue is just as impressive an achievement.
Well, it certainly is a very impressive stat, as is the consistency of always having at least 1 slam to your name at every given point of the year over 8 consecutive years.

Nothing wrong with noting the stats where Nadal stands out in.
 
I'm not sure why you constantly repeat that stat. It's impressive for sure but don't forget that there were times between 2005-2013 where he was slamless whereas Fed always had at least 1 slam to his name between 2003-2010 which some would argue is just as impressive an achievement.
Please explain what you just said. Check the veracity of what you said and amend as needed. Otherwise clarify.
 

NADALRECORD

Banned
And, on a less important note, Nadal is the first player since 2003 to win Canada Masters, Cincy Master and US Open in a calendar year. Plus he won Indian Wells Masters too.
 

urundai

Professional
Nadal never had a slamless year from 2005-2013. Nadal is the only man to have done this for 9 years in a row.

Nadal also had the most versatile surface year ever when he won slams on clay, grass and hardcourt in a calendar year (2010).
To each his own. I would argue that Fed winning the AO, Wimbledon and US along with FO final means he had the most versatile surface year twice (2007 and 2006)
 

urundai

Professional
Gotta give it up for Nadal to maintain the #1 spot despite his level being FAR BELOW what it used to be overall. No one expected this out of Nadal.

Most never even expected he would be #1 again. gotta give the man props. He has been spending his career proving people WRONG
And somehow, this doesn't indicate a weak era?
 

AF2493

New User
Please explain what you just said. Check the veracity of what you said and amend as needed. Otherwise clarify.
If I'm not mistaken, Djokovic2011 is pointing out that starting with Wimbledon 2003 and ending at Australian Open 2011, at any given time Federer was holder of at least 1 of the last four slams. Nadal's such streak came to an end after Australian Open 2010.
 

kOaMaster

Hall of Fame
stat is alright. being number one at this point of his career isn't something unexpected. the comeback was rather surprising though in such a manner.
 

merlinpinpin

Hall of Fame
Gotta give it up for Nadal to maintain the #1 spot despite his level being FAR BELOW what it used to be overall.
Agree with you. Weakest era ever. Or well, second to the '90's--cause these really were the pits.

Do we really need a dozen new week era threads every day, though?
 

Magnus

Legend
2013 was not as good as ever on clay/grass. I think Nadal will be a lot better on clay this year (already his Rio form was a lot better than last year's South American form). And I think he will be better at Wimbledon too, because he's had no problems with his knees since stem-cell therapy in December 2013. Last year Nadal said he was afraid to fully bend his knees at Wimbledon.
Nadal fans are so funny, keep the comedy relief coming :)
 
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Deleted member 77403

Guest
Agree with you. Weakest era ever. Or well, second to the '90's--cause these really were the pits.

Do we really need a dozen new week era threads every day, though?
I knew this post was coming.... :)
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
If I'm not mistaken, Djokovic2011 is pointing out that starting with Wimbledon 2003 and ending at Australian Open 2011, at any given time Federer was holder of at least 1 of the last four slams. Nadal's such streak came to an end after Australian Open 2010.
Who cares about that?!
 
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Nathaniel_Near

Guest
Still in his prime.


Rank thread from a massive muppet of a forum member -- according to you, in 2011 Nadal wasn't in his prime which is even more laughable.

Get your s*** together, seriously. You're polluting the boards with rubbish and making it look like an 'exploded bollock factory', as Batz once said.
 

Nickzor

Semi-Pro
By that logic its like saying Fed's prime ended when he was 24 years old and he regained the World # 1 ranking back in 2012, so Fed did it 7 years past his prime, just silly, what makes you think Nadal is past his prime he had an amazing year last year, broke more records won plenty of Masters titles, it just sounds like your trying to say Nadal is just soooo GREAT that he had reclaim world number 1 ranking well past his prime
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
Still in his prime.


Rank thread from a massive muppet of a forum member -- according to you, in 2011 Nadal wasn't in his prime which is even more laughable.

Get your s*** together, seriously. You're polluting the boards with rubbish and making it look like an 'exploded bollock factory', as Batz once said.
I agree one hundred percent, but I must admit the main reason I'm quoting this is for the outrageously awesome batz quote!

As for the OP: Nadal is still prime on clay (yes he's declined but he's won 4 FO in a row, I consider him at the tail end of his prime there) and he's clearly in his prime hardcourt form. As for grass...watch this space I say.
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
Physically, you can't expect Nadal to be as good as he was 5 years ago. However, he played better tennis than ever last year. He made up for the decline in physical ability with some adjustments in his game. Like what Fed is doing now to keep up with the younger guys at his well advanced age. I think the Nadal of today can beat the Nadal of 5 years ago. He's just as good or better than he was.
 

mandy01

G.O.A.T.
Gotta give it up for Nadal to maintain the #1 spot despite his level being FAR BELOW what it used to be overall. No one expected this out of Nadal.

Most never even expected he would be #1 again. gotta give the man props. He has been spending his career proving people WRONG
Weak era. :mrgreen:
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
To each his own. I would argue that Fed winning the AO, Wimbledon and US along with FO final means he had the most versatile surface year twice (2007 and 2006)
Why do Fedfans cherry pick the years they want to use to illustrate Fed's success, leaving out the years that don't suit their argument. Even when Rafa played only half a season he still won a slam.
 

Emiliano55

Professional
Whoa, the op talking like if Nadal would be way past his prime. lol. Did you see him play last year ? If that's not peak Nadal, then what was it ?

He might not be playing that MONSTER tennis he played at 2008, but he is still playing better than 2010 and to me, he is still at his peak. No doubt about it.
 

SLD76

G.O.A.T.
Wait so..

is this post peak nadal?

post prime?

post last year's peak?

pre this year's prime?

So confusing.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
So his peak ended at 24 yet he still managed to grab 10 titles in 2013 including 2 slams and his best ever win loss record in a season. 4 years removed from his peak....

****ism at its best
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
And yet still claim federer was not past his prime in 2012...Even claiming 2008-2009 was peak Federer....

Double standards
 
not so impresive....

federer in 2009 was pasted his peak and played the 4 slam finals winning two.

he recover the nº1 too until roland garros 2010
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
To be honest i am more impressed by Federer's rise to no.1 at 30-31. He was the one past his prime. Nadal is still pretty much in it at the moment
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
This is ridiculous, so he was a pre-prime baby in 2006 but his prime ended in 2011...
 
I'm not sure why you constantly repeat that stat. It's impressive for sure but don't forget that there were times between 2005-2013 where he was slamless whereas Fed always had at least 1 slam to his name between 2003-2010 which some would argue is just as impressive an achievement.
lol..you get bitter everytime someone praises Rafa. I like it that it annoys people like you
 
Gotta give it up for Nadal to maintain the #1 spot despite his level being FAR BELOW what it used to be overall. No one expected this out of Nadal.

Most never even expected he would be #1 again. gotta give the man props. He has been spending his career proving people WRONG
Indeed. He has proved people wrong time and again.
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
and he didn't take a 7 month vacation/sabbatical either...
Federer took a lot of sabbaticals in 2009.
NYT, February 17, 2009: ¤¤ Injury will keep Federer out of Davis Cup vs. U.S. Federer announced Tuesday that he was withdrawing from the Swiss team for those matches because of a lingering back injury¤¤

The Telegraph, June 09, 2009 ¤¤ Roger Federer withdraws from Halle tournament. Exhausted FO champion Roger Federer has pulled out of the Halle grass tournament in Germany to recuperate, the world No 2 said on his website.¤¤


The G&M, September 25, 2009: ¤¤ Federer had a back problem after the Australian Open at the beginning of 2009, an event marked by his substandard play in the losing the fifth set of the final 6-2 to Rafael Nadal and his subsequent tearful loss of composure during the presentation ceremonies. He then withdrew from the hard court tournament in Dubai before playing the hard court events in Indian Wells (losing to Andy Murray) and Miami (losing to Novak Djokovic). He has said that his back got better and he finally had free movement starting at the Italian Open in May...Now, after four out of five weeks on hard-court at events in Montreal (a loss in the quarterfinals), Cincinnati (a victory) and at the US Open (a loss in the final), it appears as if the back is again a concern.¤¤

Reuters, Sep 25, 2009: ¤¤Roger Federer has withdrawn from next month's Japan Open and Shanghai Masters.
"I am disappointed that I have to withdraw from Tokyo and Shanghai as they are two of my favorite cities in the world," Federer said on his website.
"After consultation with my team and doctors, I decided to take the difficult decision to withdraw from both tournaments so that I can give my body a chance to rest, rehabilitate and fully recover from a physically challenging year." ¤¤
 
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