The pressure is back on Fed

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  1. BeatlesFan

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    Which is exactly where he was five years ago. Not making much progress in the supposed GOAT race, no?
     
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  2. Im(moral) Winner

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    Keep in mind the scenario was pretty much the same last year and he won Wimby without dropping a set.
     
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  3. rmontro

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    Nadal might win 11 more French Opens. I could see him out there in a wheelchair.
     
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  4. ghostofMecir

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    After he won 20 slams, regained #1, etc., etc., I doubt that there’s any real pressure on him now.
     
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  5. Spider

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    I would agree but the situation here is a bit different when you are the greatest of all time, and you have your biggest rival, the second greatest player ever, chasing you like a possessed animal.

    This is a unique situation never seen before in tennis history.
     
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  6. WeakEraKing

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    At the same age of 32 , both Federer and Nadal have 17 slams. Rafa is right on track to equaling Feds record at the very least
     
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  7. timnz

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    When/if he draws level in slams with Federer - there is a just the issue of the 0 to 6 WTF (the 5th most important title) comparison.
     
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  8. MichaelNadal

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    Who cares? Nadal's career is so much more epic to me, Federer can stay greater, as he always has been.
     
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  9. titoelcolombiano

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    Rafa has ''held serve'' in the ranking points battle on clay and it is up to Fed to ''hold serve'' on grass now before the pressure shifts back to Rafa on the hard courts in North America.

    On the slam race, Rafa still has a task on his hands but the difference between now and 2014 where the gap was also three is that Rafa is the world # 1, has been in very good form for 18 months (one of the best extended runs of his career with no injuries) and there is not Djokovic dominating everything. All of this means nothing if he falls out of form tomorrow or get injured but he has shown last year that he is capable still on hard and clay, whilst that is the case he is still dangerous.

    Fed is doing all the right things by winning slams at such an advanced age and his run of three slams in the last 18 months has actually preserved his lead as Rafa has now arrived at 17. Continued Fed slams will make life difficult for his great rival.
     
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  10. Mike Sams

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    If not for Djokovic, Federer would have another 5 Slams in his tally and be sitting at 25 (AO 08, Wimby 14/15, USO 15, AO 16) Nadal would probably have another 4 Slams too if not for Djokovic and probably be sitting at 21 Slams (Wimby 11, USO 11, AO 12, RG 15).
     
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  11. Zebrev

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    Doesn't really make sense, because you are assuming that Nadal will age like Federer has, which is a big leap. After 32 is when the decline begins to accelerate, in terms of movement and intensity.

    Federer could still servebot his way to another AO, Wimby or US Open in the next few years, whereas Nadal will always need his physical attributes intact to bring him more slams from anywhere.
     
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  12. Zebrev

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    I think Djoker comes back to full force in 2019, and locks out Nadal and Federer completely. Not to mention Zverev and Thiem will be on the rise reaching the later stages on a more consistent basic.
     
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  13. Harry_Wild

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    RF has the pressure put back on to him with Rafa again winning the FO. Will RF be able to do it again this year and win conservative Wimbledon singles titles?
     
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  14. MichaelNadal

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    Well he's surely had enough rest o_O
     
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  15. Pouet156

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    All it would take for Rafa to stop winning FO would be enforcing the 25s rules (as well as hawkeye to prevent stupid umpire overrule)
     
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  16. helterskelter

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    I can’t believe you think that’s impossible. (Also, he wouldn’t: he could win 2019, 2021, and 2023)
     
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  17. Im(moral) Winner

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    AO 11 too for Fed.
     
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  18. FiReFTW

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    True, but sadly it won't happen.
     
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  19. Mike Sams

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    I don't know if Federer can serve his way to a Slam. I think he needs to be clicking in all areas to actually win a Slam. If not, he might reach the QF or the SF if he's really lucky with his draw. But somebody somewhere in the draw is gonna fight him hard and he'll need to be on his game.
     
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  20. Mike Sams

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    Nadal can probably win RG until 2025 when he's 39.
     
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    Nadal held serve in this clay season. Now, it’s Roger’s turn.
     
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  22. Shaolin

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    It's already over. Rafa piling more French Opens onto the dirt heap just makes his resume even more lopsided.

    It won't hide his failure indoors either. That sticks out like a blinking neon sign.
     
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  23. True Fanerer

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    Like I said in another thread, Guga considered a clay specialist won a WTF.
     
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    I'm not a fan of Nadal's, but I wouldn't bet against him. The advantage Nadal has at the French is greater than any advantage Federer has at any given Slam event.
     
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  25. Julian Houston

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    Really? Fedr has 3 slams to farm from. Nadal won't win USO again.

    Also, Nadal looks last year in RG. Tennis can change quickly. Djokovic look set to break everyone's record with weeks Nr.1 and slams.
     
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