Why it’s in Federer’s interest that Nadal completes a ‘full’ tennis career under given conditions.
Posted by tennisplanet on September 26, 2010
Heard of Seles? Or Graf? Or asterisk?
With Nadal already owning a career Slam, Olympics, H2H advantage among other accolades, he is as close to Seles in many respects as is humanly possible, don’t you think? Very few even question the fact that Nadal totally owns Federer – on ALL surfaces – quite similar to what many felt about Seles vis-a-vis Graf. If Nadal was to blow up his knees or whatever now and abruptly end his career, Federer’s GOAT status will always carry that stain to drain it of most, if not all, of the juice.
Instead of Federer praying for Nadal to stop he should be happy if Nadal completes the whole cycle as best he can and fall short of the target that way. Currently the likelihood of Nadal equalling Federer’s 16 Slams is NOT as high as is the probability of his knees falling apart. And that cannot be good for Federer if the precedent set is any indication of where a perfectly crafted career can end up – in the history books.
While it’s inconceivable to think of Nadal playing at this level in his early thirties given his track record, reaching the age of at least 28 should suffice to sufficiently eliminate the ‘Seles’ component from the equation to hand Federer a clean bill of health – careerwise.
Maybe that’s already been incorporated in the plans Tony and the team has drafted – as a last resort. If it seems impossible to equal 16 at some stage, they might pull out this ace to gain ground while killing two birds with one stone: Federer’s stain and Nadal’s ‘what if’.