What did Fed and Rafa say to each other?

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
What would they have to celebrate? Neither won a Slam this year while their rival won 3 to tie them, broke Federer's weeks record and won a double career Slam, which they don't have. I would expect them to have been relieved he didn't win the CYGS to completely overshadow them, but there's really nothing for them to celebrate.
 
What would they have to celebrate? Neither won a Slam this year while their rival won 3 to tie them, broke Federer's weeks record and won a double career Slam, which they don't have. I would expect them to have been relieved he didn't win the CYGS to completely overshadow them, but there's really nothing for them to celebrate.
Nadal will get a big boost from it I feel. I don’t think it makes much difference to Fed at his age and will struggle to be a factor anywhere now. For Nadal though it gives him a chance to win the slam race again especially if Novak loses Australia
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
Nadal will get a big boost from it I feel. I don’t think it makes much difference to Fed at his age and will struggle to be a factor anywhere now. For Nadal though it gives him a chance to win the slam race again especially if Novak loses Australia
We'll see but I don't think much has changed within the dynamic of the big 3 after this match. It would have if Djokovic won though.
 
We'll see but I don't think much has changed within the dynamic of the big 3 after this match. It would have if Djokovic won though.
It’s a reminder how things in tennis can fast. Like when djoko won 4 in a row in 2016. He then went on a slump and things get even tougher now as he’s older. Same for Nadal too but he still will always a good chance at the french open due to him being the clay king.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
It’s a reminder how things in tennis can fast. Like when djoko won 4 in a row in 2016. He then went on a slump and things get even tougher now as he’s older. Same for Nadal too but he still will always a good chance at the french open due to him being the clay king.
You need to cheer up and stop looking for the worst scenario. Djokovic lost. It was a tough loss but he is still the best player in the world. One day, that won't be the case but it still is today. One loss after a brutal draw and dealing with the pressure of CYGS doesn't change that. He will be fine and go on to achieve more, and this will only make him work harder to reach his goal.
 
You need to cheer up and stop looking for the worst scenario. Djokovic lost. It was a tough loss but he is still the best player in the world. One day, that won't be the case but it still is today. One loss after a brutal draw and dealing with the pressure of CYGS doesn't change that. He will be fine and go on to achieve more, and this will only make him work harder to reach his goal.
I think he deserves to be favourite at Australia and Wimbledon but I’m just speaking realistically. I’m not upset just see it as natural that things will change and it time for the younger guys to take over soon.

I’m actually not even sad at his loss and think Novak’s career is sensational and he doesn’t have anything more to prove.

Novak touched on saying he’s not sure when he will play next and he wants to spend even more time with family. He doesn’t need to play on for many years if he doesn’t want to. He will play slams but the same for him and the big 3 is they have nothing left to prove or achieve.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
I think he deserves to be favourite at Australia and Wimbledon but I’m just speaking realistically. I’m not upset just see it as natural that things will change and it time for the younger guys to take over soon.

I’m actually not even sad at his loss and think Novak’s career is sensational and he doesn’t have anything more to prove.

Novak touched on saying he’s not sure when he will play next and he wants to spend even more time with family. He doesn’t need to play on for many years if he doesn’t want to. He will play slams but the same for him and the big 3 is they have nothing left to prove or achieve.
Yea he won't dominate forever but he is still in great position to end up with the Slam record. Like you said, even if he doesn't he still has had a legendary career and has nothing left to prove.
 

Sunny014

Legend
Fed's time might be over and Rafa has 1 chance to hit number 21 in 2022, if he fails then it is game over, he can retire next year directly
 

duaneeo

Legend
What would they have to celebrate? Neither won a Slam this year while their rival won 3 to tie them, broke Federer's weeks record and won a double career Slam, which they don't have.
The "double career slam", lol. Simply because it's been given a silly name doesn't add to its importance. And, each Big-3 has something that the others don't have at the slams, and Federer comes out ahead in that regards.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
The "double career slam", lol. Simply because it's been given a silly name doesn't add to its importance. And, each Big-3 has something that the others don't have at the slams, and Federer comes out ahead in that regards.
Well you can call it winning all Slams at least twice if you want, but it's all the same.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
How exactly does anyone "overshadow" Federer and Nadal? If they're irrelevant with 20 slams, what does that make someone like Thiem or Andy Murray?
Don't put words in my mouth. I never said anything about them being irrelevant.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
What would they have to celebrate? Neither won a Slam this year while their rival won 3 to tie them, broke Federer's weeks record and won a double career Slam, which they don't have. I would expect them to have been relieved he didn't win the CYGS to completely overshadow them, but there's really nothing for them to celebrate.
Oh there's plenty to celebrate :cool:
 

guanzishou

Hall of Fame
"Let's attack Melbourne next year"

"Ok, but you gonna let me win this time, no?"

"But you will look like a goat no?"


"Impossible, I'm bald"
 
They can't really say much anymore. They won diddly (And may never win anything again) and Nole caught up and took over the important things like the #1 and Double Career slam. Even if he didn't win the US Open, he still has the best resume of the bunch. Yea a Calendar Slam is huge but its not like he *needed* it. Argument was basically over at the French
 
20-20-20 seems they all did something. Too Djo how many years to catch up, and only when they both Fed and Nadal were supposedly past their prime? Hard case for COVID padded stats too.

Nole will continue to do more things for 2-3 years at least. The ship has sailed on Fed to achieve more. nadal maybe. Nadal will retire next year if he doesn't win anything
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
Don't backtrack on what yesterday would have meant now lol, u know you're my boy but stop the nonsense. Djokovic winning would have been absolute hell for both. You're being dense if you don't think bottles got popped :p
But their self worth is not tied to Djokovic's failures. I guarantee you they don't think like that or like their fans. They're legendary tennis players who thrive on adding to their legacies, not depending on some short term elation when their rival, who's still had the better career, fails to leave them behind. Lol.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
But their self worth is not tied to Djokovic's failures. I guarantee you they don't think like that or like their fans. They're legendary tennis players who thrive on adding to their legacies, not depending on some short term elation when their rival, who's still had the better career, fails to leave them behind. Lol.
It might not be tied to his failures but it's certainly tied to his successes. All of a sudden the CYGS wouldn't have been a big deal lol, priceless ;)
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
It might not be tied to his failures but it's certainly tied to his successes. All of a sudden the CYGS wouldn't have been a big deal lol, priceless ;)
I never once said the CYGS was not a big deal. It would have been a huge deal. If Djokovic had won, he would forever have been on a level above Fedal. So the only thing Fedal are feeling right now is relief, like I said in my 1st comment. There is nothing for them to celebrate, especially considering the year they had, and that right now Djokovic is still in the best position of the 3.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
I never once said the CYGS was not a big deal. It would have been a huge deal. If Djokovic had won, he would forever have been on a level above Fedal. So the only thing Fedal are feeling right now is relief, like I said in my 1st comment. There is nothing for them to celebrate, espeically considering the year they had, and that right now Djokovic is still in the best position of the 3.
 

FRV4

Professional
And a very boomer-y emoji. :-D

Rafa probably didn't even say anything, probably left him on seen.
Damn you must be popular to come up with that. I too used to be cool, never popular. Ok I was never cool…. I was good looking though. But not anymore. So why do I even exist anymore? Does my life even matter?
 

Fedforever

Hall of Fame
I never once said the CYGS was not a big deal. It would have been a huge deal. If Djokovic had won, he would forever have been on a level above Fedal. So the only thing Fedal are feeling right now is relief, like I said in my 1st comment. There is nothing for them to celebrate, especially considering the year they had, and that right now Djokovic is still in the best position of the 3.
Federer probably had some empathy and maybe a wry smile, especially with the support for Novak. The crowd does like you more when you start having big losses.
 
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