Nadal on Federer's heels?
Thanks to Blake, Federer was unable to get his revenge on Nadal, who beat him in Dubai. While Federer still owns a commanding lead in the overall ATP rankings, Nadal has beaten him three out of the four times they have met. With the clay court season starting next month, Nadal could potentially close the gap.
The question: Can Nadal overtake Federer for the No. 1 ranking this year?
McEnroe: I would say no, it's not going to happen and I'll tell you why.
First, there's no doubt Nadal is a dominant clay court player, but you have to remember he won two Masters Series on clay and the French Open in 2005. He's going to have to be 100 percent to do that again, just to defend his points.
I clearly believe Nadal has a little bit of a psychological edge in the head-to-head matchups with Federer (three out of four, including twice on hard courts -- that's not a fluke.) Nadal is in Federer's head to some extent. To give Nadal a chance to be No. 1, he has to perform at a Grand Slam other than the French. He has to have a big result at Wimbledon or the U.S. Open, and quite honestly, Wimbledon is a long shot for him.
Before I can say this is a rivalry for No. 1, we need to see Nadal do something outside of the French. Obviously he's capable, but he hasn't done it yet.