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http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/05/rafael-nadal-soccer-what-if-he-hadnt-played-tennis

Serious question. Federer seriously would have 25 slams by now. Not saying it's a bad thing because everyone loves watching Federer play but you still want to see competition in a sport. The question of GOAT would become laughable and the record would almost surely be unbreakable, he would be almost double Sampras. He probably would have like 4+ slams on each surface, a few CYGS, etc. There would have been almost no point to watch tennis because you already would know the result.
 

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Nadal killed tennis single-handedly ... And if it was Nadal, someone else would have risen to challenge Roger. Just like Nole answered the call to end Rafa's reign of terror.
 

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Nadal killed tennis single-handedly ...
Grass and HC tennis, I agree. Clay tennis? From 2005-2013 surely.
With the matchup advantage he could dominate all ass-slow courts, not only clay... he single-handedly introduced the idea of "winning matches before stepping on court" by his aura.
Good that it is over, though. Tennis will be a lot more interesting...
 

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There are so many if's in the history of the universe and earth. What are the odds that intelligent tennis-playing beings exist on Earth at all?
 

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What if Rafael Nadal had picked soccer? He would look ridiculously ordinary compared to Messi.



Djokovic would still have surpassed Federer, with or without Nadal.
 

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On clay maybe. Everywhere else NO. Djokovic saved tennis.
 

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What if Rafael Nadal had picked soccer? He would look ridiculously ordinary compared to Messi.



Djokovic would still have surpassed Federer, with or without Nadal.
Barca always need benchwarmers of the highest quality....
 

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Yep. Federer would have 2 CYGS slams in a row, over 350 weeks at #1, 20+ slams. It would have been ridiculous domination.
 

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In that regard, yes. It would have been terrible for Federer to have no true competition for so many years.
Without Nadal it would truly have been a weak era. :shrug:
 

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No. I would have loved to see Fed at like 22 slams just like Steffi Graf. It's just a shame that Nadal had a little more mental strength than Seles did after her mental crisis (Nadal's was his parents' divorce)
 

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[...] someone else would have risen to challenge Roger. Just like Nole answered the call to end Rafa's reign of terror.
No way. Davydenko and Nalbandian should have challenged him for slams but weren't mentally strong enough. Blake was too happy to bend over. Agassi had back problems. Roddick and Hewitt weren't talented enough. Safin had 0 consistency.
 

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In 15 years when every mug plays like Nadull, he will finally be properly reviled for killing tennis.
 

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No way. Davydenko and Nalbandian should have challenged him for slams but weren't mentally strong enough. Blake was too happy to bend over. Agassi had back problems. Roddick and Hewitt weren't talented enough. Safin had 0 consistency.
There is always someone... you never know. It's hard to say. People thought Nadal would only be a factor on clay for a long time until he figures out other surfaces. He figured out other surfaces quickly. Nole ... who would have thought that after Todd Martin tried to kill his career, he would rise from the ashes like a phoenix to become the player he is today. Who would have thought a mirror talk before the 5th set would bag Murray his first wind-assisted w/ asterisk US championship (coincidentally the only year it was not considered a real slam in its recent history).
 

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Nadal killed tennis single-handedly ... And if it was Nadal, someone else would have risen to challenge Roger. Just like Nole answered the call to end Rafa's reign of terror.
But you have to consider the timing. Nadal won his first major at the 2005 RG - beating Federer in the SF. Djokovic didn't come onto the scene till 2007-2008 and it was only 2011 that he was a serious contender allround. Between 2004-2007, Roger was pretty much winning everything except for the French Open and the clay masters, usually stopped only by Nadal.It was also round about that span that the good claycourters had finished their best of days behind them so Federer had it all open. But one wily Spaniard said "No".

One couldn't have thought for 4 straight years, Roger at his prime could not win the French Open once, and only did so when Nadal was knocked out by Soderling in 2009. He was leagues above Roddick, Nalbandian, Hewitt, Davydenko etc who were contending under him. However, it was Nadal who had the game to trouble Federer - starting with defeating him in their first meeting at Miami in 2004, and then taking Federer to 5 sets in Nasdaq Open (Miami Masters) in 2005. The rest is history. Roger has failed to win MC or Rome, a testament to how well Nadal has defended his clay tournaments in the past, until Djokovic figured out how to play Nadal on clay in recent times.
 

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Some Fed fans may not like the thread title but consider that half or probably more than half of Fed's current fans wouldn't be their fans if he was winning CYGS for breakfast. He'd be so dominant that even you guys would be cheering against him or not caring as much as you care about pro tennis.

Also, I don't buy this theory that new challengers would arrive. Before Djokovic became Djokovic and Murray started to win slams they were going deep at almost every GS and most of the time Fed/Rafa were the ones defeating them. Now, for 5 years or so only Nadal could stop Fed; Or at least he was the only one that a smart gambler would put his money on a match against Federer.

So yeh, Roger would have every Tennis record by now. That or he'd get bored and retire early, like what many greats from the past did .
 

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He definitely made things a lot more interesting. Federer was sleep walking through every tournament vs mentally defeated opponents who were bending over left and right and finally a guy had the balls to step up to him and challenge him. Roger's records would be unreal and impossible to match if not for Nadal.
 

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Yes. Or else Federer peak would of been not from 03 to 07, but 03 to 2010.

Like him or not he prevent Federer from beeing a GOD and put him just in GOAT status. While everyone were bending their behind Rafa wouldnt.
 
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