Not a big revelation but hearing some commentary about how Nadal was the worst opponent for the rest of the big 4 made me think of their respective records against each other.
: Winning record against all 3 of the others.
: Winning record against 1 (Novak). Losing record against 2.
: Winning record against 1 (Murray). Losing record against 2.
: Winning record against 1 (Federer). Losing record against 2.
Somehow I hadn't ever thought of the Federer-Djokovic-Murray triangle in that way... Fed over Novak; Novak over Murray; Murray over Fed. Obviously simplistic and not sign of any dominance necessarily (Novak, Murray haven't played that much relative to the others; Fed, Murray is very close etc.). But wondering what people think will be the trend at the end of their careers?
- Winning record against all. The closest threat is Djokovic - Nadal's 5 ahead right now at 19-14. To overhaul that Novak will have to meet him in more HC SFs and Fs. Not sure Nadal will be making as many towards the end of his career and will probably get some clay wins to overhaul it anyway. Too far ahead of Federer and Murray.
- Losing record against all 3. Controversial perhaps but already he's behind Murray and Nadal. He's won against Novak recently but do think Novak will overhaul it eventually as they're most likely to meet on hard and Fed's level will go down more than Novak's will. Not a given though. At best I think it'll be a winning record against Nole only.
- Winning record against Federer - losing against the other 2. See Murray overhauling him on HCs and him catching up on Fed.
- Winning record against Novak and Fed. Losing record against Nadal.
Will be interesting to see the overall stats of the Top 4 against each other and their domination of the field too once it's all done. After all, what was the last tournament that at least 1 of them entered and it was won by someone outside the quartet?