Before USOpen musings abt Fed and Nad
I was watchin' some HL as usually during the week before a GS and I was thinking abt this great rivalry and matchup between RF and RN (btw, I don't think Rafa is such a bad match-up for Fed, just a bit maybe...).
All the guys that were able to blow Rafa out of the court through hard hitting and using a 2 handed bh were really bad matchups for the Spaniard. I was watching some of the early wins and close losses of Roger against Rafa. No hard hitting, no 2 handed bh, just pure tennis. 2 warriors playing the perfect point until one of them finally finds a hole: Dubai 06, MC 06, Rome 06, Shanghai 06, Paris 05, 06 and 07, Wimby 07 and 08, AO 09.
I was wondering: what if those 2 guys were the same age: wow, tennis would have been better , right ? Maybe 20+ encounters between them, both at their best. I cannot stop but wondering how it would have been like...
Apart from Roger, I think only Nalbandian (and, sometimes. Djokovic) was able to win against Rafa only through pure tactics and pure tennis, not through hard hitting and blowing the mallorcan out of the court...
What do u think, mtf-ers ?
How tennis would have been if Roger and Rafa had been the same age ?
Forget abt the tennis prodigy that Rafa is and the teenager raquet-smashin' and cryin' problems or Roger and just suppose that both of them played their best years in the same time...Would tennis have been any different ?
Q. Do you think you would have been able to play as well as you played today, or you think you would have pulled out from the game if it wasn't the Masters Cup final?
ROGER FEDERER: No, Roger Federer doesn't pull out. Otherwise he doesn't walk on court (smiling).
After losing to Nalbandian in 2005 TMC final...
Last edited by fsoica; 08-26-2010 at 12:01 AM.