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2005 SF- 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6 18 18.56%
2006 F- 6-1, 1-6, 4-6, 6-7(4) 28 28.87%
2007 F- 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 3 3.09%
2008 F- 1-6, 3-6, 0-6 9 9.28%
2011 F- 5-7, 6-7(3), 7-5, 1-6 39 40.21%
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:47 PM   #1
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Default What year was Federer's best chance to beat Nadal at Roland Garros?

Perhaps the biggest blot on Federer's resume is his RG record vs. Nadal. Had the Swiss won RG while beating Nadal en route, well it is tough to say he is not undisputed GOAT.

But since he didn't, what was his best chance?

Roger Federer is 0-5 vs. Nadal at RG. And I can't even tell you how many problems have been found.

2005 RG Sf- After they split the first two sets, fed had a break lead in the 3rd and the 4th, but Nadal was too strong. This maybe was his best chance, as Nadal had not yet owned him mentally at this point, and hadn't won his first RG yet either. Only thing is, even if he beat Nadal, would he have beaten Puerta?

2006 RG F- this was possibly his best chance seeing as he was on fire after that 6-1 first set, and it was Roger's peak year.

2007 RG F- again this was maybe rogers best chance, but he was like 1/17 bp in the match. let that number sink in. but he had many many chances.

2008 RG F- well not even i can make a case for this one, this is the troll option

2011 RG F- this was roger's best chance perhaps. nadal low on confidence after losing to djokovic, playing very average in 2011, and the bad balls and weather, roger had that sp in the first, but just missed that shot. had chances in all 4 sets.
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That year that hell froze over. I remember it well.
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2005 and a chance to nip this in the bud
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2011 probably, Nadal not as confident as usual on the dirt, court and balls designed to help Federer out
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On a serious note 2011. The conditions were fixed in his favour then too and Rafa had a poor year.
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They played Playstation one year, maybe?
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I'd say never but I have to pick probably 2005.
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Couldn't resist voting for 2008
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2005 obviously - Nadal hadn't establish clay pedigree yet and Federer had a clean slate mentally.
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2006, 2007, 2011 were all mental wins and mental losses. Any of them. 2005 as well.
I'd say 2011, then 2007.
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2007

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2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, he could've won all those.
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Perhaps the biggest blot on Federer's resume is his RG record vs. Nadal. Had the Swiss won RG while beating Nadal en route, well it is tough to say he is not undisputed GOAT.
Don't be so sure. Not much of a difference between 0-5 and 1-4. Now if we talk multiple wins , RG titles and a close clay head to head there would be no "endless Federer Nadal debates" but "Who is GOAT (without Federer obviously lol)".
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2005. Although had he won the Rome match in 2006 maybe he would have won there. Those Match Points could have changed the rivalry completely. After that it was always NID, even in 2011 it was obvious Nadal would end up winning that.
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