Some people believe that Federer has had it a bit easier.
Fed has had it easier. He has a losing record to Nadal and Djoker in slams and piled a lot of slams against no competition while nadal and djoker were not prime.Some people believe that Federer has had it a bit easier.
Nadal has had to face Federer and/or Djokovic his entire career. But Federer was able to win many grand slams before Nadal/Djokovic came.
Not saying I necessarily agree with that, but I do think there is some merit to it.
I'm sure Djoker & Rafa would have loved to have a nice 12 slam head-start before the other two fully matured. It certainly makes a difference to the perception of Goathood.Fed has had it easier. He has a losing record to Nadal and Djoker in slams and piled a lot of slams against no competition while nadal and djoker were not prime.
Bad example! Sampras has won 7 Wimbledons and 5 US Opens as well as winning 2 AO titles! That is balanced distribution across TWO surfaces of the three! Laver won 2 full calendar year grand slams...for that alone he can get away with any excuses as to towards his slam distribution...
LOL is this your latest fantasy?Djoker is winning WC and USO back-to-back this year, then beats Nadal in the final of RG next year, then also defends Wimbledon for the maiden Channel Slam! Then wins olympic gold, but tanks US Open, which then Nadal wins instead! They both stay at 19 by the end of 2020 as some youngster picks up AO title in 2020 (my money is on Tsitsipas...) Here you heard it first here! Then Djoker reclaims AO crown in 2021 to be the first to tie with Federer, then nadal follows by winning 13th French to tie with both at 20 apiece, then Djokovic replies with Wimbledon victory to break Federer's record of 20 slams first, none of them wins US Open as we see first ever "true next-gen grand slam final"! In 2022 Djoker struggles in most grand slams, but manages to defend AO title for the last time, Nadal also struggles, but wins his last French Open! As a result Nadal edges Federer with 21, Djokovic finishes at 22 and is the ultimate GOAT! Wake me up from the cryosleep as we return back in 2022th summer to discuss this!...
Nadal beat 1 top 8 player to win his gold medal. Federer beat 29 top 8 players to win his 6 WTF’sI mean, Nadal has 6 extra Masters and the gold medal (which is not super important but is roughly equivalent to a Masters)
Maybe those don't quite balance the 6 WTFs, but they make it close enough to have a discussion (If the slam tally were tied. Which is not the case.)
Of course tennis only started in 2008. Laver Rosewall Borg Mcenroe Agassi Sampras Federer they were all rubbish. Fit Nadal is the absolute GOAT when he shows up.The only grand slam that Federer has defended once competition showed up was the AO in 2018. That's it.... just once.
12/18 GS = FOClay GOAT, nothing more, nothing less that happens to be the only one of the three to have won multiple slams on all three surfaces
I don't think so.If Nadal has more slams than Fed, then Nadal > Fed. But Fed will be remembered as the most gracious player on court, the most elegant, the most skilled. However, in history books Nadal will be No.1.
While I think Nadal is the best player on the slow hard courts at the USO, he has had too much trouble finishing hardcourt tournaments lately to give him more than like a 30% chance there going forward. He needs to avoid long matches like he had against Karen and Thiem last year to stay healthy there.Disagree OP.
#19 and #20 will be won in 2019.
USO is 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% certain too....