I don't know, a day after the RG final I'm still struggling to get my head around the bizarre reversal of fate that seems to follow Federer and Nadal. In 07 for instance Rafa lost in the final of Hamburg to Roger, losing his clay court streak, and went on to lose a heart breaking 5 set Wimbledon final. Exactly a year later Nadal beats Federer in the Hamburg final, then Federer suffers a heart breaking 5 set loss in the Wimbledon final and his grass court streak is snapped. In both cases these events pretty much decided the #1 spot.
This time around the parallels are even more amazing. Rafa goes into Madrid 09 as the clear world #1 and holder of RG, Wimbledon and the Oz Open, loses to Federer in the final, proceeds to lose to Soderling mid way through the French, who then goes down meekly to Federer in the final handing him his career Slam and the eventual #1 ranking. A year later Federer goes into Madrid as the clear world #1 and holder of RG, Wimbledon and the Oz Open, loses to Nadal in the final, proceeds to lose to Soderling mid way through the French, who then goes down meekly to Nadal in the final handing him a 5th crown, the #1 ranking and denying Federer the weeks at #1 record.
As silly as it sounds it almost seems that some things in tennis are just "meant" to happen. Or maybe to put it more logically... what goes around comes around for everyone... eventually. As a Nadal fan those two losses at Wimbledon 07 and RG 09 ultimately served to make the victories the following years more satisfying, and for Federer fans I'm sure the reverse is true, they appreciate the earlier victories more because of how things panned out. Can anyone think of similar examples in the past of things like this occuring?
As for how I feel about it...
. The back in forth between them confirms them to be the best two of this era. Simple as that to me.
I get it: you feel emboldened by Nadal's clay dominance.
Don't you with 16>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>7? Fed fans have supreme rope enough to be smug.