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ATP New Balls and Nadal rivalry evolution

Mlashtok
04-04-2005, 01:37 AM
I've been thinking about the evolution of "the next big rivalry" on the ATP tour:

Starting around 2001/2002, there was:
Roddick - Hewitt
Federer - Roddick
Federer - Hewitt

And then now:
Federer - Nadal

I would say this most recent one could finally pan out. Agree?

Paialii
04-04-2005, 01:45 AM
Egh, I wouldn't jump too far into saying that Federer and Nadal are a rivalry, it's too early. This was only the second time they had played, right? I think Federer and Hewitt, Federer and Agassi, Roddick and Hewitt, and Federer and Roddick are bigger rival sets due to how often they play each other.

I'd still like to see a better rivalry when Federer is included, meaning that he loses some, but hey, the guy's amazing. :)

Tennis Fool
04-04-2005, 02:00 AM
I've been thinking about the evolution of "the next big rivalry" on the ATP tour:

Starting around 2001/2002, there was:
Roddick - Hewitt
Federer - Roddick
Federer - Hewitt

And then now:
Federer - Nadal

I would say this most recent one could finally pan out. Agree?

Come again?

Roddick is Hewitt's pigeon.
Roddick is Federer's pigeon.
Hewitt is Federer's pigeon.

Too early to say about Nadal and how that will go.

Mlashtok
04-04-2005, 02:06 AM
TF, I was implying that the earlier "rivalries" never panned out due to almost complete dominance by one of the so-called rivals. I remember Roddick was asked about his possibly developing rivalry with Hewitt and said that it wasn't a rivalry when one guy always wins.

Perhaps I should have called the thread "Failure of significant rivalries to develop." And then I was wondering if Nadal, young has he is, will develop into a good enough player to consistently challenge Federer and create a real rivalry. Nadal seems to have the court sense, drive, and weapons - forehand / heavy topspin in general, to really bother Federer.