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Nadal: 9

RG 04, W 04, AO 06, W 09, USO 12, AO 13, USO 14, W 16, USO 20

Federer: 7

RG 16, USO 16, RG 17, RG 18, USO 20, RG 20, AO 21

Djokovic: 1

USO 17

Federer didn’t skip a single slam before 2016, but since then 7 times. His body has let him down since he turned 35, with Nadal it’s different, he’s barely skipped slams in his 30s, and as for Djokovic he’s a freak of nature. He’s played so much and he only skipped 1 slam, definitely the most injury free guy among the big 3
 

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Wait a minute now, Rogie skipped 2016 FO, 2017 FO, and 2018 FO by choice, not because of injury... 2016 USO, 2020 USO, 2020 FO, and 2021 AO because of injury yes, so it's only 4 in total due to injury: 1 at age 35, and the other 3 at age 39... Yes his body let him down in 2013 and 2016, but in 2017 he rebounded and had a decent 2018 and an okay 2019... Then in 2020 it really started to go downhill for Rogie at 38 1/2, so it might be the end for him, but we'll have to see what the rest of 2021 brings!!
 

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Rog skipped like half of those by pure choice because he didn't like his chances of winning.

The rest at an age where he wasn't winning anymore anyway.

It's not comparable to Rafa.
 

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Djokovic’s luck is insane!
 

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Nadal: 9

RG 04, W 04, AO 06, W 09, USO 12, AO 13, USO 14, W 16, USO 20

Federer: 7

RG 16, USO 16, RG 17, RG 18, USO 20, RG 20, AO 21

Djokovic: 1

USO 17

Federer didn’t skip a single slam before 2016, but since then 7 times. His body has let him down since he turned 35, with Nadal it’s different, he’s barely skipped slams in his 30s, and as for Djokovic he’s a freak of nature. He’s played so much and he only skipped 1 slam, definitely the most injury free guy among the big 3
In Rafa's case, I would like to remove USO 20 because he skipped it by choice, and also RG '04 and WB 04 since he wasn't a genuine slam contender at that age. I would like to add FO '16 because he withdrew after playing only two rounds which he won with ease.
 

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It has already been said, but RG 17 and 18 are by Federer's choice.
But he also played slams without being in top form like the other 2.
I don't consider it bad luck, considering what he achieved after 2013 and of course, after 2016, from 35 years old.

RG and Wimb 2004 are not admissible for Nadal and US 2020 is by choice.
 

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My take on this:
  • judging by the number of slams skipped Nadal was clearly the most injured player amongst the BIG3 while Djokovic the least
  • we don't know the full story behind players' health (sometimes they decide to give it a go despite carrying a minor injury or niggle) so any forgone conclusions are in fact our best guesses
 

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Wait a minute now, Rogie skipped 2016 FO, 2017 FO, and 2018 FO by choice, not because of injury... 2016 USO, 2020 USO, 2020 FO, and 2021 AO because of injury yes, so it's only 4 in total due to injury: 1 at age 35, and the other 3 at age 39... Yes his body let him down in 2013 and 2016, but in 2017 he rebounded and had a decent 2018 and an okay 2019... Then in 2020 it really started to go downhill for Rogie at 38 1/2, so it might be the end for him, but we'll have to see what the rest of 2021 brings!!
FO 2016 was linked to an injury (back). Had he been in full health, don't think he wouldn't have played as he had already played some clay warm up events that year.

 

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Djokovic played injured thru the following slams: '16 WB, '16 USO, '17 AO, '17 WB, '18 AO, also to a smaller extent '19 USO.
Nadal played only these slams with a niggling injury: '09 RG + USO, '12 WB, '16 WB (maybe '10 AO can be counted too).

Not to say that this is by luck at all, Nadal's team always primed his game and body for the clay season and for WB (till 2011).
 
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Djokovic played injured thru the following slams: '16 WB, '16 USO, '17 AO, '17 WB, '18 AO, also to a smaller extent '19 USO.
Nadal played only these slams with a niggling injury: '09 RG + USO, '12 WB, '16 WB (maybe '10 AO can be counted too).

Not to say that this is by luck at all, Nadal's team always primed his game and body for the clay season and for WB (till 2011).
Playing through niggling injuries is common for any player and not worth mentioning. Rafa has always done that and so do many professional players.
 

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Wouldn't the following be logically the fair comparison?

At 33 and a half years of age:
Rafa: 8
Federer: 0
Djokovic: 1

At 34 and a half years of age:
Rafa: 9
Federer: 0
Djokovic: 1
I was just going to post the same thing.
 

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Slams missed aren't relevant as players take rest periods for multifarious reasons. Surgeries are. Del Potro and Murray have been the worst affected. Djokovic and Nadal the least. Federer was very lucky until his mid 30s.
 

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Federer was very lucky until his mid 30s.
Federer was not "very lucky", but communicated at least about his injuries.
He also, as much as possible, adjusted his schedule accordingly.

2004
However, just before the start of Basel, Federer suffered a muscle fiber rupture in his left thigh and was forced to withdraw. This injury also kept him out of the Paris Masters.

2005
Upon doctors orders Federer was forced to skip the Canadian Open because of lingering foot issues, instead focusing on recovery for the American hard court summer.

While training in Switzerland in preparation for his home tournament the Swiss Indoors Basel among others, Federer once again suffered a significant injury which hampered his fall season. During a training session he severely injured his ankle, falling to the ground and needing to be helped off the court. He was diagnosed with torn ligaments in his ankle, which forced him to withdraw from Madrid, Basel, and Paris. This injury would prove to be the most significant injury of his young career, and his status for the remainder of the year was doubtful.[7]
Federer was in a cast and crutches for several weeks and underwent an ultrasound and lymph drainage in order to be fit to compete for the Year-End Championships, where he was the two-time defending champion. Federer traveled to Shanghai but was unsure if he would be able to play even two days before the start of the tournament.

2008
He reached the quarterfinals of his next event, the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, before withdrawing because of back pain. This was the first time in Federer's career of 763 matches that he had withdrawn from a tournament.[17]
In Masters Cup, he lost his third match to Murray, 6–4, 6–7, 5–7. Federer had received medical treatment for back and hip problems in the third set, but lost after saving seven match points.


Of course, minor problems like flu etc. are not mentioned here.
Just mention mononucleosis early 2008 and also viruses after AO 2010.


These are just the main ones, and I don't dwell beyond 30 (2013, 2016 etc), since that's the limit and every player starts to experience problems around that age, Nadal 2016 and Djokovic 2017.

Of course, it's not Del Potro's bad luck but "very lucky" is overkill.
 

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Federer was not "very lucky", but communicated at least about his injuries.
He also, as much as possible, adjusted his schedule accordingly.

2004
However, just before the start of Basel, Federer suffered a muscle fiber rupture in his left thigh and was forced to withdraw. This injury also kept him out of the Paris Masters.

2005
Upon doctors orders Federer was forced to skip the Canadian Open because of lingering foot issues, instead focusing on recovery for the American hard court summer.

While training in Switzerland in preparation for his home tournament the Swiss Indoors Basel among others, Federer once again suffered a significant injury which hampered his fall season. During a training session he severely injured his ankle, falling to the ground and needing to be helped off the court. He was diagnosed with torn ligaments in his ankle, which forced him to withdraw from Madrid, Basel, and Paris. This injury would prove to be the most significant injury of his young career, and his status for the remainder of the year was doubtful.[7]
Federer was in a cast and crutches for several weeks and underwent an ultrasound and lymph drainage in order to be fit to compete for the Year-End Championships, where he was the two-time defending champion. Federer traveled to Shanghai but was unsure if he would be able to play even two days before the start of the tournament.

2008
He reached the quarterfinals of his next event, the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, before withdrawing because of back pain. This was the first time in Federer's career of 763 matches that he had withdrawn from a tournament.[17]
In Masters Cup, he lost his third match to Murray, 6–4, 6–7, 5–7. Federer had received medical treatment for back and hip problems in the third set, but lost after saving seven match points.


Of course, minor problems like flu etc. are not mentioned here.
Just mention mononucleosis early 2008 and also viruses after AO 2010.


These are just the main ones, and I don't dwell beyond 30 (2013, 2016 etc), since that's the limit and every player starts to experience problems around that age, Nadal 2016 and Djokovic 2017.

Of course, it's not Del Potro's bad luck but "very lucky" is overkill.
There is nothing significant until the first knee surgery. Knees, wrists, backs and elbow surgeries are the issues to look for in tennis. Federer's list reads like that of a blessed athlete. Illnesses etc affect all humans not just athletes.
 
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Federer was not "very lucky", but communicated at least about his injuries.
He also, as much as possible, adjusted his schedule accordingly.

Of course, it's not Del Potro's bad luck but "very lucky" is overkill.
Federer missed his first slam at the age of 34 (THIRTY-FOUR). He was VERY lucky with major injuries until his age inevitably became a factor. You don't even need to compare him to Delpo. Look at Nadal, Murray, Tsonga, Nishikori, Raonic, Monfils, the list goes on. Hell, Pouille at the age of 26 is set to miss 4th slam in a row — and you have audacity to insist that Federer was unlucky?
 
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