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SportsOpinion: Latest Federer-Nadal match will have a huge impact on each player's legacy

12:35  12 july  2019
12:35  12 july  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Federer, Nadal to meet in Wimbledon semifinal

Federer, Nadal to meet in Wimbledon semifinal Federer, Nadal to meet in Wimbledon semifinal

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet again, with Federer aiming to solidify his spot as the greatest player in history, and Nadal closely behind. But if Nadal gets his 19th here at Federer ’ s favorite major, well, all bets are off. In some ways, it would have been less risky from a legacy standpoint for

Switzerland’ s Roger Federer and Spain’ s Rafael Nadal have played each other dozens of times through the years. Their rivalry has included memorable matches , including finals, at all but one of the world’ s Grand Slam championships. match - n. a contest between two or more players or teams.

Opinion: Latest Federer-Nadal match will have a huge impact on each player's legacy© Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC The most celebrated match ever played at Wimbledon finished at dusk with Rafael Nadal flat on his back and Roger Federer’s long run as the undisputed best tennis player in the world suddenly over.

It was 11 years ago.

At that moment of Nadal’s first Wimbledon title, ending Federer’s streak of five straight, it would have been far too fanciful to imagine the possibility of their rivalry extending into 2019. Tennis players are supposed to get old in their 30s, and new generations are supposed to take their place. That’s the way it had always been. The thought of another Nadal-Federer match with such historic consequences taking place at Wimbledon more than a decade in the future had no precedent to think it could become a reality.

11 years later, Federer tops Nadal in Wimbledon semifinals

11 years later, Federer tops Nadal in Wimbledon semifinals 11 years later, Federer tops Nadal in Wimbledon semifinals

Rafael Nadal (L) and Roger Federer at the 2017 Australian Open. Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer is a rivalry that has spanned more than a decade. It is not always justified to compare two players solely based on their head-to-head record, because there is always this one lesser player who has a better

But Nadal , having tendinitis in his right knee, soon announced his withdrawal after testing the knee in a morning training session. The only men’ s semifinal to be played on Saturday at the Late on Saturday morning, Nadal texted his friendly rival Federer to let him know that he would not be able to play .

But Friday’s semifinal meeting, the first at Wimbledon since Nadal outlasted Federer after a 4 hours, 48 minute final in 2008, feels unusually significant in the ongoing debate over who will end their career as the greatest of all time.

Though there’s more to the conversation that just total Grand Slams, here’s where we stand today: Federer 20, Nadal 18 and Novak Djokovic looming with 15.

Though Federer has some significant records that the other two probably won’t touch, it will be difficult for him to maintain his consensus as the GOAT if he ultimately slips to third in the Slam count. And though he maintains excellent form on every surface at 37, it’s undeniable that Wimbledon’s grass affords Federer the best chance to add to his total.

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Nadal excited by 'unique situation' of Wimbledon semi with Federer It has been 11 years since they last met at Wimbledon and Rafael Nadal is chomping at the bit for his semi-final with Roger Federer.

First, let’s examine each player ’ s mental state during this time period, then look at the significance of these results. Federer has had a history of playing poorly on break points in many matches . A victory for Federer in that single match , would have had the most significant impact on both his

Federer and Nadal haven’t played each other at Wimbledon since. It was also the first time that Federer Nadal had a simple strategy, keep hitting to Federer ’ s backhand and to never let up, but “I don’t think many players will recover from that disappointment,” says Maria, “ Nadal is the only one.

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If Federer can somehow get past Nadal and then Djokovic in the final – he’s never before beaten both of them to win a Grand Slam – the math starts working significantly in his favor given Nadal’s age (33) and the fact that his creaky knees haven’t held up well on the hard courts of late. But if Nadal gets his 19th here at Federer’s favorite major, well, all bets are off.

In some ways, it would have been less risky from a legacy standpoint for Federer to call it a career at the end of 2017. After taking the last half of 2016 off to heal his injuries, Federer roared back unexpectedly to collect two more majors — including an Australian Open final in which he came back from a break down in the fifth set to stun Nadal.

By the end of that year, he had beaten Nadal four straight times, all on hard courts, closing the head-to-head gap to 23-15 in Nadal’s favor. It would have been a strong closing argument from Federer, particularly given the reality that 16 of their 39 meetings have been on clay, helping tilt the rivalry in Nadal’s direction. On other surfaces, Federer leads the head-to-head 13-10.

Eleven Years Later, Federer and Nadal to Meet at Wimbledon Once Again

Eleven Years Later, Federer and Nadal to Meet at Wimbledon Once Again Eleven years after they played the greatest match in tennis history, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet once again at Wimbledon, this time in the semifinals.

Federer played here with verve and precision but had to scrap his way through three five-set Federer has long admired Rosewall, Rod Laver and the leading players of Australia’ s golden tennis But on matches played off clay, a surface on which Nadal has a huge edge, the tally is now 10-10.

The debate about whether Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal will go down as the greatest tennis player in history has quieted in recent months, as Nadal has struggled on all While the pair played five times in Paris, they only had a total of three meetings in London and New York. Each were at Wimbledon, a

But by continuing to play and advance deep into these tournaments where he is likely to face Djokovic or Nadal, Federer has put some of that at risk.

When Nadal beat him handily in the French Open semifinals last month, Federer could once again point to the clay factor plus extreme wind that blew the ball all over the court. Nadal’s game, built on heavy spins and high bounces, is always problematic for Federer on clay but was impenetrable that day in those conditions.

At Wimbledon, though, it’s a different story. On grass the ball stays lower, giving Federer the edge because of his exquisite serve placement, his slice backhand and his ability to power flat forehands for winners in either direction from the middle of the court.

But what’s so amazing about the Nadal-Federer rivalry is how both of them have evolved since 2008.

For years, Nadal was able to beat Federer with a steady diet of high-spinning lefty forehands to Federer’s one-handed backhand, an awkward shot that put him on the defensive in most of their meetings. That forced Federer to develop a totally new type of stroke, coming over the top of his backhand more often in a way that allowed him to really drive the ball and turn defense into offense — a crucial factor in their 2017 meetings.

All eyes will be on Nadal vs. Kyrgios matchup at Wimbledon

All eyes will be on Nadal vs. Kyrgios matchup at Wimbledon WIMBLEDON, England — All eyes will be on the marquee matchup between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon. It is a rematch from 2014, when a 19-year-old Kyrgios upset then-No. 1 Nadal at the All England Club. In other second-round action Thursday, Serena Williams and Roger Federer will play their matches at the All England Club's second biggest court. They have won a combined 15 singles titles at Wimbledon and are accustomed to playing most of their matches on Centre Court. This time, Federer will be on No. 1 Court against 20-year-old Jay Clarke of Britain. Williams will follow in that arena, facing 18-year-old Kaja Juvan of Slovenia.

The Federer - Nadal rivalry is about to be rekindled, but that isn't necessarily the best thing in the world for But when has a Fedal match ever been less than a life-or-death matter? Ever since they first It might sound churlish to say that neither player would've been where he is today without the influence

Federer Gains an Important Legacy Boost. There' s been talk for about a decade that Federer is the greatest player of all time (GOAT), but despite the It validated the idea that peak Federer might have had the greater edge had he played Nadal even once on the faster surface of the U. S . Open, but of

Nadal has also changed his game to counteract both Federer and chronic knee issues, adding miles per hour to his serve and hitting some flatter balls on the faster surfaces to shorten points.

It seems crazy to say given their ages, but it’s true: Both Federer and Nadal are better, more complete players today than they were in 2008.

That doesn’t mean we’re guaranteed to get a great match, or even a good one, in the semifinals. And it doesn’t mean that the winner is going to end up holding a trophy on Sunday given that Djokovic has an easier semifinal draw against Roberto Bautista Agut and has won three of the past four Slams.

But as lucky as we are to get one more Federer-Nadal match at Wimbledon for the ceremony and the nostalgia, it’s also crucial to understand that this one might have huge legacy implications. As much as 2008 validated Nadal as a world-class player on all surfaces and launched his bid to eventually become No. 1, 2019 could be the match that either solidifies Federer’s gap in the GOAT conversation or nearly erases it.

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