What did Nadal achieve with this US Open win vis a vis his rivalry with Federer?
Posted by tennisplanet on September 15, 2010
Even though Nadal’s H2H, his hard court wins (even in a Slam), Wimbledon win over Federer, Olympic medal etc. did kindle the rumblings about his stature versus Federer in the big scheme of things, Federer’s 16 Slams, career Slam, many other nearly insurmountable records AND Nadal’s weak showing on hard courts etc. more than repelled ANY legitimate invasion into the territory solely controlled by Federer.
With this win, the career Slam AND control of three straight Slam on three different surfaces, Nadal may have finally managed to produce something called ‘Doubt‘ with the strongest strain of legitimacy. It’s like his first peg at the base camp of a steep mountain. Whether he will one day scale the entire mound is anyone’s guess but just to be now able to run alongside the brightest train to ever visit tenniskingdom is in itself quite an accomplishment.
Federer has to be wondering what more could he have done to create an ‘unbridgeable’ rift between not just Nadal and him but anybody else – past, present and future. It certainly should make Sampras feel lot less depressed in being run over – within such a short span.