I'm not saying that Nadal had an easy path to his USO wins. The adjusted slam win calculation does. The very same calculation Nadal fans have used to discredit Federer and his supposed weak era. Granted, you might not have been one of them but if you are then your defense of Nadal's USO2019 win is just hilarious.Nadal has beaten a US Open champion (future or past) in each of his US Open wins. He hasn't had any easy draws and it's not going to become true just because you guys keep repeating it.
This year for example he had to beat Cilic (US Open champion who always plays great there since 2014), Schwartzman (great baseliner who always gives him trouble, was a set and a break against Rafa at RG in 2017), Berretini (who was nearly unbreakable with his serve/forehand combination) and a great-playing Medvedev who was making every single final and who showed he had the belief to come back from 2-0 against Rafa in a slam final). This is a standard draw and can only look 'easy' in comparison with his draws in the past, in most of which he had to beat an all-time great. How can anyone claim with a straight face that this draw was easier than the joke draws when Federer was beating nobodies like Baghdatis for example? (And keep in mind that this happened during Federer's prime, allowing him to take advantage even better of his easy competition; having a comparatively easier draw doesn't translate into slam success as readily when you're older.)
In fact, overall throughout his career, Nadal has clearly faced the strongest competition of the three at the slams, having to beat Djokovic and/or Federer in 13 of his slam wins, the vast majority of them near their peak. Both Federer and Djokovic went through periods during their prime with no serious competition (like Federer beating nobodies like Baghdatis and Philippsoussis, Djokovic with severely declined Fedal after 2014).
It's fine if you don't believe this. As long as you also don't use the adjusted slam count to claim that Nadal has won harder slams than Federer during his career. Can't do one without the other.No one believes so. No one.
Rafa has beaten the next best in-form player of the North American hardcourt season in the USO'19 final + a former USO champion enroute to the title.
Medvedev's 6 consecutive results during that short period were:
Washington (F) + Rogers Cup (F) + Cincinnati (W) + USO (F) + St. Petersburg (W) + Shanghai (W). Medvedev has reached the finals of all those 6 events winning 3 of them and won the two hardcourt Masters 1000 events (Cincinnati & Shanghai) before and after the USO final loss.
I'll share my opinion when you actually answer my question.I think the elo method has valid points (strong/weak opponents).
Nadal's USO2017 was relatively easy. Even Toni admitted it. Although Delpotro was definitely stronger than his ranking at that point.
USO2019? Public opinion will largely depends on Medvedev's trajectory.
Now it's your turn to share opinion about this calculation.
One thing I will say is that I find the adjusted slam calculation quite interesting. According to that Federer actually won more difficult slams on average than both Sampras and Agassi. On average each of Federer's slams were worth 0.9725 slams. For Sampras it's 0.9457 and for Agassi it's 0.92875. That's quite funny considering that the weak era theory as far as I know originated from Sampras fans trying to discredit Federer when he was getting closer to his records.