What if Nadal, Djokovic retired today? The Borg factor..

USO

Professional
Some people have mentioned how Borg retired early and could have still won more slams... Sometimes it’s used as an argument to show that he could have easily had more slams and therefore he’s underrated. It also affects how he won a lot by playing less and better winning percentages.

What if Nadal decided to retire today with 20 slams? Right now most people think that he could win a few more slams, at the very least some additional FO. What if he said I am satisfied with 20 slams and 100-2 at the FO is perfect, I will retire now to focus on family life.

Borg was 27 but it’s somewhat equivalent to to Nadal’s age of 34 in these modern times in the sense that “30 is the new 20”... The question is would people also use it as an advantage for Nadal that he could have easily won a few more slams when for example comparing him to Federer since they are both at 20?

The same for Djokovic if he decided to retire today at 33 as most people think he will still win more slams. I’m focussing on Nadal since he is already at 20 while Djokovic is still 3 behind Fedal so an early retirement would have even more uncertainties about wether he could go beyond 20.

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Xemi666

Professional
Nadal/Djokovic t*rds would argue that he would have won 10+ slams if he had continued playing, and the haters would sh*t on him, as usual. If Djokovic and Nadal retired right now, Federer would be considered the greatest, probably. Nadal still needs 1 more slam to surpass him.
 
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BillKid

Professional
Pretty sure that Borg could have won much more slams. But nobody forced Borg to stop. The fact that he got bored and no longer dedicated was not only sad and in a way frustrating, it also tarnished his career. Although he was extremely dominant, he cannot be considered equal to champions who showed huge longevity at the highest level as the Big 3, especially Federer.
 
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junior74

G.O.A.T.
26 means you have a lot of years ahead of you with physical prime.

34 does not. No matter how hard you train, you get more injured from 34-40 than you do from 26-32, for instance.

The human body has not changed biologically, it's just our way of living that has changed.
 

USO

Professional
26 means you have a lot of years ahead of you with physical prime.

34 does not. No matter how hard you train, you get more injured from 34-40 than you do from 26-32, for instance.

The human body has not changed biologically, it's just our way of living that has changed.
But back in the day people retired in their late 20s or early 30s, today many players peak in their 30s...
 

ravenousRublev

New User
34-year-old today is equivalent to a 28-year-old in the 80's. Borg would have had 4-5 years at the top level and could have won 5-7 slams more. Nadal and djokovic still have 3-4 top years left this excluding possible career-ending injuries
 

aldeayeah

Legend
What if an asteroid hit the Earth today, wiping out civilization?
If a GOAT baahs in the forest, and there are no t*rds around to hear it, is it still the GOAT?
 
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