For our first in a series of weekly polls, we ask a simple question, who will win more matches on the pro tour this year, the oft-injured Rafael Nadal or the aging Roger Federer?
Federer of course already has a lead on Nadal having won five matches Down Under in Melbourne last month at the Australian Open. But Nadal is likely to pick up a truck load of tour wins these next few weeks in Vina Del Mar, Sao Paulo and Acapulco, as the 7-time French Open champ plays on his favorite clay surface against relatively inferior competition. And Nadal will continue to pick up wins in the spring clay season until the dirt finally is swept away for the summer.
Federer, though, has proven his durability and consistency even into his 30s. The Swiss has reduced his 2013 schedule slightly but remains a factor at every event regardless of surface of time of year. The 31-year-old returns in Rotterdam next week.
After a 7-month absence, Nadal is expected to make his long-awaited return to singles Wednesday night in Vina Del Mar, Chile. He’ll play doubles Tuesday night.
If Nadal can stay healthy he figures to rack up more wins than Federer, but that’s a very, very big IF.
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