Originally Posted by Commander Data
Thats not the reason I picked that time. It is beyond dispute that Federers game declined after AO 2008. Its is the truth. And it is a fact, that their non-clay head to head before Fed's decline is 5:2 whether you like it or not. It is beyond dispute that Federer was the better player off clay player then Nadal before 2008. Sorry mate.
LOL, you didn't address the period when it was 6-1 and 1-1 off of clay. That is a miserable record, especially when your opponent is in diapers and your only win comes when you were 2 sets to love down. That miserable record lets you know you will have problems with this opponent for years to come.
But, it doesn't matter. If all you're asking for is for Federer to be proclaimed "a better player than Nadal off clay prior to 2008," if you qualify it that much, you can have it. Not that it means much now...
He can never be GOAT with a miserable record like that against his younger contemporary, especially without any of the other records you mentioned. He doesn't have the most slams, he doesn't have the most year-end number 1's, and he has piss-poor records against 2 opponents... That's not GOAT stuff...