If we apply Froglogic, does this streak make Federer a worse player. Surely, it must be better to lose to clowns than to eventual champions.
Well truth be told, this is how Frog Logic would apply in view of the unexpected Federer loss to Soderling: It is of course better to go deeper in a Grand Slam. But stopping short of the finals is good for Federer. He would lose anyways to Nadal. The record would then by 2-6. A win rate of 25% in GS finals against your stiffest opponent is not what you would consider GOAT. He has achieved all the numbers necessary. There's no need to pad it anymore. Right now, it's about damage control. No more defeats to Nadal, esp. in GS finals. That should be his sole focus. If he's going to face Nadal, best be in the USO or Wimby finals where he might stand a ghost of a chance to win. So losing to Soderman was good for his legacy. He need not add anymore to his lofty resume, but if only to rectify whatever he can against Nadal.
I will say these two things:
- if Soda beats Nadal on Sunday, he is a GREATER RG champion than Federer - remember - champion is about winning - Soda's record would be 50% in the finals vs. Federer's subpar performance in the finals. Less is more - you've heard that from Frog before
- if Nadal continues to go on a tear and finish with say 12 GS when he's done in his career, but without a nemesis, he would be considered among the GOAT candidates, if not THE GOAT.