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Nadal fighting for No. 1 of another kind now?

Posted by tennisplanet on July 6, 2010

Remember the agony and anguish Nadal went through for nearly two freaking years as No. 2 in the world with a prospect of never being No. 1? He was destined to become another stat in a long line of No. 2s who never could take the next step. With Federer showing no signs of declining then, it was quite a real possibility. Well, he was able to take the next step. But there’s another No. 2 staring him in the face again with nearly as impossible a shot at taking the next step. Have a clue? No,  you don’t!!!!!

Federer has clinched ‘the greatest player to have ever reached for a tennis racket’ spot leaving Nadal with a very realistic probability of running around like a rabbit for his entire career just to be No. 2 – not to mention the wear and tear some opening in his body will have to endure – just for that. Nadal may not have been even in that debate until now but with this 8th Slam – at Wimbledon – after beating Soderling, Murray and Berdych – Nadal has reached a point on the mountain which provides a panoramic view of valley GOAT – for the first time, relapsing him very close to where he was when fighting for the No. 1 ‘rank’.

Despite all the H2H advantage, Wimbledon-FO combos etc. the ONLY stick that can now dislodge Federer from that undisputed GOAT peak and place Nadal at No. 1 is No. 17. If Nadal is to play until age 30, he HAS to average a little over one Slam a year to get there. While it’s a stretch to imagine Nadal winning Slams at age 30 specially when even Federer with all his scales of economy is struggling at age 28, there’s a possibility that Nadal can produce a couple of ’08 years to compress the pace to avoid the need of winning Slams that late in his career to match Federer.

Whether it’s possible or not is debatable, leaning heavily towards ‘not happening’, but what’s not in question is the instant existence of this state of frenzy, agitation, excitement, turmoil or whatever else you want to call it – after this 8th Slam – to go after an even bigger No. 1. Is that good or bad for the rest of the guys on the tour? Cannot be too good in the short run, don’t you think?

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9 Responses to “Nadal fighting for No. 1 of another kind now?”

  1. O said

    Nadal can try, but takes years to get close Fed’s number of slams. Due to Nadal’s burst of form, it may almost be easier for him to try to hold all four at the same time, which Fed did not manage to do. He holds two, if he wins the next two, then he’s got 10. It’s very big, right?

  2. Ted said

    Realistically, Rafa is on track to win 13-15 majors, assuming he remains healthy and will be playing the next 5 yrs. Surpassing Roger will be a difficult undertaking, but I do believe he will come close. If Rafa wins this year’s US Open, 2011 Australian, and repeats at the French and Wimbledon, then we can start seriously talking…

  3. TGiT said

    Come one. Don’t get ahead of yourself TP. All it takes is the knees and Nadal will lose time to compete if that happens. Also, no one can predict that everyone Nadal plays will melt like Berdych did. Let’s not look at the Wimby final but the first week where the so called tomato cans were pushing Rafa around. What does that mean? Even low ranked players were able to move Rafa around on grass. Hard courts will be rough. Imagine a couple of five setters at the US Open. What about the five to six weeks of vacation Rafa will take before the hard court season? Knees will be rested but so will the mind and the body.

    Breath a little, brother.

  4. kitty said

    Nadal’s blessing in disguise was he was ranked No.2 at Wimbledon which allowed him to play freely. Look at him again buckle down under pressure of being No.1…and watch out for Fed burning inside when they announce him as No.3 he would need no more motivation

  5. Sir Vibhudi Aatmapudi said

    Federer will end up at 18-19. Nadal will push 14-15.

  6. Sarah said

    Rafael should remain number one for awhile – just like Serena.

    They both seem very comfortable being number ones; so let us just enjoy their tennis.

  7. bobby said

    NADAL WAS COMFORTABLE AS NO 1 AND HE WILL BE EVEN MORE COMFORTABLE NOW.I THINK IF HIS KNEES HOLD UP TO 30 YEARS HE CAN BREAK EVERY RECORDS.HE MUST MANAGE HIS KNEES AND SCHEDULE TO ACHIEVE THAT.HE CAN END UP WITH 8-9 FRENCH OPENS,5 WIMBLEDONS,4 AUS OPENS AND 2 US OPENS.

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