Peak Safin vs Peak Nadal in Hardcourt slams
Its pointless going surface by surface because I think, unless very early rounds of a slam, any clay or grass match would be easy straights for peak Nadal.
However, I could see a very ferocious battle between these two on hardcourts. Both have a lot in common there.
2 hardcourt slams, both one at US and Australian Open.
At least a couple of other hardcourt slam finals.
Would have won more hardcourt slams if not for an eventual GOAT contender in those hardcourt finals.
An epic semi or final in hardcourt slams (Safin 2005 AO, Djokovic Nadal 2012 AO final).
It would come down to match ups I guess.
Safins epic backhand vs Nadals topspin.
How does this one end up?
"I did not play my best tennis, no? And..that is what enable him to win..to win this match no? "
- Rafael Nadal, ever so "humble", - press conference after shock 4 set loss to Robeen Soderling @ 2009 French Open 4th round.
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