The pressure is back on Fed

Spider

Hall of Fame
#55
After he won 20 slams, regained #1, etc., etc., I doubt that there’s any real pressure on him now.
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.
 
#57
The pressure is back on Federer.

The Bull now moves within 3 slams of the Maestro, with no signs of a challenger emerging on clay. More RG titles are already in his pocket.

And the Bull has 5 years on the aging Maestro, whose four children snap at his heels begging for his attention.

As ever, the greatest opportunity for the Swiss swashbuckler lies on the green and pleasant lawns of SW19.

Hoist aloft a ninth Wimbledon cup, and the breathing space increases once again. Fail, and the Bull shall smell blood, and shall take no mercies in ripping through the draw in New York - even at the risk of sustaining an injury. For he has no ties, no responsibilities, no desire other than to stand over the decimated carcass of his career-long rival, and state to the world press (with a nonchalant shrug of the shoulders),

“21 slams is more than 20, no?”

It’s time for the grass genius to show what he is made of.
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.
 
#59
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.
 
#60
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.
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).
 

Zebrev

Hall of Fame
#61
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
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.
 

Zebrev

Hall of Fame
#62
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.
 
#63
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?
 
#69
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.
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.
 
#71
The pressure is back on Federer.

The Bull now moves within 3 slams of the Maestro, with no signs of a challenger emerging on clay. More RG titles are already in his pocket.

And the Bull has 5 years on the aging Maestro, whose four children snap at his heels begging for his attention.

As ever, the greatest opportunity for the Swiss swashbuckler lies on the green and pleasant lawns of SW19.

Hoist aloft a ninth Wimbledon cup, and the breathing space increases once again. Fail, and the Bull shall smell blood, and shall take no mercies in ripping through the draw in New York - even at the risk of sustaining an injury. For he has no ties, no responsibilities, no desire other than to stand over the decimated carcass of his career-long rival, and state to the world press (with a nonchalant shrug of the shoulders),

“21 slams is more than 20, no?”

It’s time for the grass genius to show what he is made of.
Nadal held serve in this clay season. Now, it’s Roger’s turn.
 
#74
I can't believe people still think he can, assuming he doesn't win a Slam outside of the FO he'd need to win the FO in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
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.
 
#75
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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