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Amidst all the GOAT this, GOAT that nonsense, nobody ever thinks about how much more pressure there was on Federer, being that he was the trailblazer who got out in front with all the expectations to become the supposed "GOAT" by breaking Sampras's records, etc.

Nadal, and later Djokovic, got to play the underdog role. That must be nice.

It must be nice to be Nadal and go into every final with Federer with much less pressure. If you lose, no big deal. "I lost to the greatest of all time, no? He's expected to win, no?" And if you win?

"Here's the REAL GOAT right here! Federer choked. What a choke artist! Credit to Nadal for pulling off the UPSET and exposing FRAUD for the FRAUD he is!"

Every French Open except 2011: "Can Federer do it? Can he complete the career Grand Slam?"
Every Wimbledon final: "Can Federer hold off Nadal at Wimbledon, his home turf? Nadal has owned him at the French Open."
Australian Open 09: "Can Federer tie Sampras? He'll have to hold off Nadal."
Australian Open 12: "Can Federer finally beat Nadal?"
Australian Open 14: "Can Federer finally beat Nadal?"
Australian Open 17: "Can Federer finally beat Nadal?"

And Nadal loved that stuff. He loved saying that Federer was the "favorite, no?" He loved saying Federer "is the greatest of all-time, no?" He loved having as little pressure on himself as possible.

The Federer bashers never grasped this. They never saw the difference between being the protagonist and being the conflict.
 

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So... Rafa loves being the underdog? Is that a bad thing? He is the eternal #2, to Fed, then to Nole. He thrives on it, it motivates him. He was never that successful as the #1 player.
Are you implying that Federer's accomplishments are even more impressive because he had the pressure 95% of the time? Not sure I can agree. Federer said many times that he loves the pressure. Assuming he wasn't lying, maybe it helps him just like being the underdog helped Rafa.
 

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So... Rafa loves being the underdog? Is that a bad thing? He is the eternal #2, to Fed, then to Nole. He thrives on it, it motivates him. He was never that successful as the #1 player.
Are you implying that Federer's accomplishments are even more impressive because he had the pressure 95% of the time? Not sure I can agree. Federer said many times that he loves the pressure. Assuming he wasn't lying, maybe it helps him just like being the underdog helped Rafa.
Pretty simple, really. Which position would you rather be in?

A. Nothing to lose, everything to gain.

or

B. Everything to lose

?
 
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