Is Fed actually helping Nadal toward 16 slams by staying around?
I think Del Potro had a better chance vs him at 2012 AO to be honest.
No matter how well Fed plays vs Nadal he just cant beat him at slams. I think we all agree.
He can beat Djokovic though, and stopping him at a slam or two now could prove dividends in the future for his slam count if Djoker ever gets closer to 16..but not if Djoker is on his side of the draw, then he is just handing another slam to Nadal putting himself in the final.
"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.
Re: Is Fed actually helping Nadal toward 16 slams by staying around?
It's not easy being GOAT. It's not enough to amass impressive statistics; it's how you do it. You don't do it by hiding under your blanket and hoping someone else will step up and do your dirty work for you. Fed has never been afraid to face his nemesis.