Originally Posted by GenerationUseles
The slam differential with Nadal is still 3 and with Djokovic is now upto 7 from 5 last year.
If you were as a Federer fan told at the beginning of the year, that the slam differential with Nadal would stay as it is at 3, would you have taken it?
On one hand, Nadal seems to have to be in much better form than at the end of 2016. On the other hand, he is a year older now, and that always means less chances in the future, and the competition is only bound to increase with Djokoray coming back next year and some young guns like Zverev and Shapovalov rising.
As a Federer fan, I would have been ok if I was told the 3 slam differential would be maintained at the beginning of the year. Despite Nadal's year, I feel more confident that Federer's record wont be broken than I was at 2016 end.
As a Federer fan I actually don't really care much or fear about his legacy or slam count and whether it will be broken.
It will be broken by someone if not in the near future it would be in the distant future and at the end of the day it does not diminish his greatness in my eyes and heart.
He has a place in history no matter what. It does make the rivalry interesting, to witness until they all retire, but doesn't change much for me.