Peak Federer vs. Current Nadal on Clay

#1
How would it go down? Take 2005-2007 Federer and also 2009 Federer and put those versions against 2017-2019 Nadal on clay.

I don't think it would go too well for Nadal. Nadal would certainly be able to put up a fight, but I cannot forget the fact that the forehand was so much better back then and the movement was much better on clay back then. Thoughts?
 
#13
How would it go down? Take 2005-2007 Federer and also 2009 Federer and put those versions against 2017-2019 Nadal on clay.

I don't think it would go too well for Nadal. Nadal would certainly be able to put up a fight, but I cannot forget the fact that the forehand was so much better back then and the movement was much better on clay back then. Thoughts?
Same as it always has been. 2019 Fed took more games off Rafa than 2008 version. With better conditions I think current Fed would make it more competitive than what it was the other day.
 
#15
I really think people forget so easily Fed was amazing player back in 2006 simply amazing. Now Rafa does well because even someone like Thiem which is more than decent player but come on he isnt ATG type of player and he will never be.
I really think people overrating hugely younger so called peak Federer due to nostalgia bias making myths about 2006 Rome .The guy is not even top 15 all time list on clay.
 
#21
2006 or 2011 Federer beats 2018/2019 Nadal, most likely in 4 max. Even Nadal on clay is not anywhere near prime at this age. This also shows how far behind the young guys like Thiem are when talking about real ATGs.
 
#23
Peak Fed beats post 2010 claydal. Federer was unlucky to have faced Nadal at his defensive best.
I think prime djoko is a far better matchup against nadal on clay than peak federer. If prime djoko in 12,13,14 could not do it I dont think peak fed could also do it. Anyways these claims cannot be tested and hence there is no single answer to these claims. Different people have different opinion and this was just mine.
 
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