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If Fed and Rafa played doubles later...

stewietennis
11-19-2011, 12:38 AM
In the twilight of their careers, Federer at 34 and Nadal at 29, decide to team up for doubles exclusively for five years, do you think they'd be any good? Would they be as dominant as, say, the Bryans or the Woodies?

Sunset of Age
11-19-2011, 12:44 AM
They might lose every match in sight, but boy hell I'd be there to witness it!

Chase Visa
11-19-2011, 12:51 AM
Yes. The only ATG who played a significant amount of doubles is probably the doubles GOAT (McEnroe), so why not?

Fedex
11-19-2011, 12:51 AM
They'd be at least respectable, because of Federer alone. People tend to forget that Roger is a very good doubles player, when he plays, and he's rarely played with elite doubles talent in his career (besides Max Mirnyi).

MuzzahLovah
11-19-2011, 12:52 AM
In wheelchair tennis, yes.

Time Violation
11-19-2011, 12:56 AM
In wheelchair tennis, yes.

:facepalm:

On topic, of course they would be good, if they really focused on doubles. Rafa could use a better serve for that though.

Snowwy
11-19-2011, 12:58 AM
They'd be at least respectable, because of Federer alone. People tend to forget that Roger is a very good doubles player, when he plays, and he's rarely played with elite doubles talent in his career (besides Max Mirnyi).

Actually Nadal has also had some pretty good results with some mediocre partners. I think they would be unbeatable together if they took it seriously.

barbadosan
11-19-2011, 01:32 AM
I think Nadal would have to shorten his pre-serve routine though; I can just see that sending Fed nuts

Kat_YYZ
11-19-2011, 02:18 AM
Actually Nadal has also had some pretty good results with some mediocre partners. I think they would be unbeatable together if they took it seriously.
They can't though :rolls:

http://i34.tinypic.com/124wpdl.gif

I think Nadal would have to shorten his pre-serve routine though; I can just see that sending Fed nuts
:lol: Roger's back couldn't take being hunched over in the fore court waiting for Nadal to serve.

Mountaindewslave
11-19-2011, 03:14 AM
Nadal has stated that once his singles tennis career is over he is considering trying out pro golf so I doubt it.

but if they did try, then of course they would dominate fairly easily. look at the doubles tour?? Nadal and Federer have randomly won Masters 1000 titles in doubles while playing with mediocre players and not focusing on it.

if they tried this then they definitely would be practically unbeatable

Asadinator
11-19-2011, 03:56 AM
There is a lot more strategy in doubles. They would need to practice hard if they wanted to become unbeatable.

Pirata.
11-19-2011, 04:55 AM
Actually Nadal has also had some pretty good results with some mediocre partners.

I think Rafa has pretty good results, at least in the hard court doubles, because he has a better partner--Marc Lopez.

As we all saw in Miami (or was it IW?) earlier this year, when Roger and Stan played Rafa & Marc, Marc was the best player on court that evening, followed by Fed and Wawrinka. Rafa look a bit hopeless :lol:

UncleZeke
11-19-2011, 05:25 AM
It would be fun to see.

Gabe32
11-19-2011, 06:13 AM
Didn't Nole and Murray play doubles this past spring and were ousted in the first round??

But if Federer and Nadal tried, they would obviously dominate. 25 slams on one side of the net is simply too much.

Foxy
11-19-2011, 07:42 AM
Didn't Nole and Murray play doubles this past spring and were ousted in the first round??

But if Federer and Nadal tried, they would obviously dominate. 25 slams on one side of the net is simply too much.

You mean 26 slams? Right?

Roamed
11-19-2011, 08:39 AM
I think they'd do well, maybe with a bit of practice. I just hope it actually does happen at some point, they've both promised it will on several occasions!

Henry Chinaski
11-19-2011, 08:59 AM
hard to know.

they both have some very good results.

On the face of it, neither has a great return game for doubles (Fed's chips and Rafa's heavy spin would be food and drink for a top team) but they have solid net games, great clutch passes and good serves (well Rafa sometimes does).

It should also be remembered that they'd win 80% of tight matches on aura alone.

MaxPower
11-19-2011, 09:32 AM
Rafa's serve is too poor. Skilled teams would abuse his serve games. Also he likes to hit "moonballs" that go high over the net and those will also be abused by any non-retarded doubles player for easy points.

Federer + Wawrinka is for example a much better them than Fed + Nadal. In fact Fed + any 35-40 year old great server with a good volley would do better

dodo
11-19-2011, 10:05 AM
Rafa's serve is too poor. Skilled teams would abuse his serve games. Also he likes to hit "moonballs" that go high over the net and those will also be abused by any non-retarded doubles player for easy points.


he is not retarded. obviously he wont play shots like that in doubles. he plays like that because it works well in singles. his serve is fine as well as long as he learns to abuse the leftiness a bit more. its not like the doubles tour has nole/murray class returners.
if they are both semi-fit and motivated, they would absolutely dominate.

EddieNero
11-19-2011, 10:27 AM
They would utterly dominate the tour, no doubts about it. 90% of doubles players can't return properly, while Fed and Nadal are unmeasurably better from the baseline than any doubles player.

Time Violation
11-19-2011, 01:00 PM
Didn't Nole and Murray play doubles this past spring and were ousted in the first round??

Tbh, they looked like they were playing exo almost :)

Sham Kay
11-19-2011, 01:55 PM
They'd be better off doing this than going on the senior tour, which they won't do anyways.

Apemant
11-19-2011, 02:43 PM
he is not retarded. obviously he wont play shots like that in doubles. he plays like that because it works well in singles. his serve is fine as well as long as he learns to abuse the leftiness a bit more. its not like the doubles tour has nole/murray class returners.
if they are both semi-fit and motivated, they would absolutely dominate.

This.

He doesn't moonball because he can't play differently, but because it's a very high percentage shot which bounces heavily and above shoulder height, to which few players have any kind of consistent answer.

stewietennis
11-20-2011, 09:14 PM
2010 Rogers Cup - Nadal & Djokovic were eliminated Round 1