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Nadal or Kafelnikov?

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Nadal 3 GS and No. 2
Kafelnikov 2 GS, 4 GS doubles and No. 1

Kafelnikov was one of my favourite players but I have to say Nadal is the better player.
 

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No REAL comparison possible. Different players, different times.

The disclaimers already posted, I'd say Rafa has a lot more possibilities in him for the future.
 

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No REAL comparison possible. Different players, different times.

The disclaimers already posted, I'd say Rafa has a lot more possibilities in him for the future.

I agree!
 

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if Nadal's career ended today, it would be a lot tougher to pick him.

But given that it will continue, I would guess and say that Nadal is going to have the better career between the two, even though I always thought Kafelnikov was great
 

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most worthless thread ever?

Why don't we just compare Diego Hartfield and Richard Krajicek? Why not John Isner and Thomas Muster?
 

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Kafelnikov was more complete player.
He had everything.Good serve, great backhand, lovely touch at the net.
He got 2 GS, I think that he could have more if he played more consistntly.
The problem is that I think that competition in the 90's was much tougher than nowadays. I mean, Roger is maybe the best player ever, but it is only Roger. Now here is the new breeze with Faker, Gasquet .....
In the 90's there were Sampras, Goran who's got AK 47's number almost all the time, Agassi , Krajicek , Chang, Stich and Becker were still active.
 

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It's not a bad question. I really liked Kafel and I don't like Nadal too much, but trying to be objective, throughout his whole career Kafelnikov achieved more. Of course we can discuss if his times were more difficult or Nadal's times are (and I think at the Kafelnikov's era it was more difficult to grab the important spots).

Also mind that the Russian won the slams in doubles, which isn't easy at all, and the slams he won were on different surfaces.

Kafelnikov is a better poker player, Nadal is probably a better playstation player :).

Next year my answer to this question may be different. Or may be not, if guys like Djokovic and Tsonga keep developing.
 

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Also mind that the Russian won the slams in doubles, which isn't easy at all...
:yeah: Roland Garros singles and doubles champion in the same year. :worship:

I admit frankly, I am biased on this question, as Evgenij was one of my long-time favourites. I liked his versatility, he could play on all surfaces. He could win almost any tournamant he entered, but also lose terribly, though. In a nut -shell: I prefer his game to Nadal's. :)
 

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Nadal's latest loss to Youzhny brought back all the best Zhenya's losses.

The difference is that Kafelnikov usually made money on losing like that ;).
 

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It's hard to compare a retired player with an active one who has theoretically many years ahead. One thing is clear - Nadal won't achieve so many successes in doubles as Kafelnikov did.
 
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