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And the crazy thing is Fed is already 38 and they are 33 and 32 and have already won more slams after 30. I still remember folks saying Nadal would be finished winning slams by age 24 because of "his style of play". Has to be one of the worst tennis predictions of all time.
 

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more slams ? They each won only one more than Fed so far. Fed has 4, Djodal have 5 each. Do not know what you are talking about.
 

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more slams ? They each won only one more than Fed so far. Fed has 4, Djodal have 5 each. Do not know what you are talking about.
The difference though is Fed is 5/6 years older than they are. How many slams will Nadal and Novak have in 5 or 6 years? I don't expect them to play as long as Fed has but they will win more slams for sure. Fed at 38? Unlikely, 1 more max imo.
 

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And the crazy thing is Fed is already 38 and they are 33 and 32 and have already won more slams after 30. I still remember folks saying Nadal would be finished winning slams by age 24 because of "his style of play". Has to be one of the worst tennis predictions of all time.
Nadal was constantly underestimated and denigrated by the tennis media, always for Fed's benefit.
This narrative was set ten years ago, maybe more.
They should be eating humble pie, but of course, they aren't.
No-one reminds them of what they predicted.
 

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The answer is so easy and obvious and been pointed out many times before. Federer had prime all time greats 5 year younger Nadal and 6 year younger Djokovic behind him since he was 25, not to mention some others. By the time Roger was 30-31, he was slowing down enough so that it became Nadal and Djokovic's time with some added competition from Murray and somewhat older Wawrinka.

But the key is that Nadal and Djokovic have had nobody great and much younger than them winning majors.
Compared to Roger, they have had a free ride.

There are no slam winners under the age of 31!!!

Younger players born in the 90's should have been pushing Novak, RAFA, and the much older players like Roger towards retirement by 2015-2016.
But high quality players in the under 30's simply don't exist and have allowed the over 30's, especially the best ones, to run rampant, until it looks like only Father Time will stop them.

It is what it is and one mustn't forget Federer also benefited from the dearth of younger high quality with his resurgence in 2017-2018.


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Nadal has also won more slams than Federer till about their 25th birthday, (10-9), including more masters, why ?

Djokovic has almost won as many slams as Federer in the 24-29 y.o. period (10-11), and more masters.

Federer has won 15 slams during the six-year Wimb'03-Wimb'09 period (between approx. his 22nd-28th birthday), and then just two slams during the next seven-year period with a matured Rafole around.

After 28th birthday, Federer 5 slams, Nadal 6, Djokovic 9.
After 30th birthday, Federer 4 slams, Nadal 5, Djokovic 5.
 

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Federer was playing against peaking Nadal and Djokovic .

Nadal and Djokovic only have themselves as competition past 30.

Post 30 Djokovics level is actually pretty good in comparison to Federer, but actually probably not too far off from 2014/2015 Federer. Who was actually pretty great but had to deal with a peaking Djokovic. Good news is Djokovic only has Nextgen, who is pretty dang good, but nothing in comparison to a peak Federer or Nadal, so the sky is the limit.
 

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Fed faced the most popular genius and emotionally intelligent Roddick but could barely get past him at the 2006 US Open and twice at Wimbledon. Double fault star James Blake beat him at the Olympics and troubled him at the US Open and became #4. Safin and Hewitt were terribly overrated. Fed needed mucho help against clay journeymen in 2007. He padded his Slam count. By the time Novak showed up, it looked like warrior Fed had aged badly since 2008 and suffered so much out of nowhere.
 

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Relatively weak era argument applies here. Fed after 30 still had Djokodal. Djokovic seemingly can't lose to Fed at slams anymore so Fed's existence is irrelevant and he only has to contend with 2nd tier strong genners and next gen. Also Nadal is present
 
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