Originally Posted by renz
how much value does their head to head record actually have? I mean, if Rog's #1, and Rafa's #2, but when they enter the same tournament (non-clay and with Wimbledon 2006 the exception), Roger gets to the final every time and Rafa doesn't, it can't mean much.
Roger/Rafa is the perfect example of how misinterpreting a h2h can be. A h2h just says something about the matchup between players and there are several examples of players who have a negative h2h against someone you would never expect it.
I would even dare to say that the h2h between Roger and Rafa has done Roger more favour as the other way round. His matches against Rafa have uncovered his weaknesses and just have a look at how his backhand has improved during the last months.
It's useless to speculate how the h2h between them would look like if they have meet more times on other surfaces than clay. There have been so many tournaments were everyone was waiting for a match between them, but other players prevented it.