Nadal has dominated Federer on clay and on outdoor hardcourts, the two premier surfaces the tour is played on, and of course over 23-10 (beating Federer more than twice as many times, as Andre says).
Nadal’s also put up some incredibly majestic numbers in clay wins, winning pct, winning the gold and the Davis Cup, etc. The guy has won just about everything there is win and he’s consistently beaten everyone there is to beat (still true? – no one in the Top 40 has a winning record against Nadal).
And I can see Agassi’s points, there’s nothing wrong with them. He makes a good case. I though, still favor Federer’s 17-13 Slam margin.
That said, Rafa missed an excellent, maybe once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of strengthening his case in Australia where he could have become the first man in the Open Era to win a second career Slam. An achievement I think that would have moved him past Federer.
Easy come, easy go.
Now it’s Roger’s turn. It’s only fair. With Nadal’s confidence shaken and Novak Djokovic as the only other true threat to walk away with the title, maybe Federer has a chance in Paris. So what’s the argument if Federer wins his second French Open and another career Slam? For me it’s a virtual “GOAT matchpoint.” Debate over.
I’m fully aware it’s quite a longshot, but I’d say not as long as the other Swiss was when he won in Melbourne this January.
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