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Is Rafael Nadal the best tennis player of all time?

  • Mozart vs Beethoven

    I'm picking Nadal as GOAT not because of his ridiculous GS titles, clay God mode, H2H with Roger or the Olimpic singles gold medal..
    Seing Nadal playing is foreseeing the future, the way he moves his feet, the amount of little corrections he does almost instantly to hit the ball in perfect position is amazing.
    While Roger represents pure tennis style and as Mozart has achieved the highest standards of quality, Rafa has perfected a new way of playing tennis and like Beethoven did with music, he has brought the sport to a new level. It's not the style but the maestry to adapt to his oponents what makes Rafa a rightful GOAT.

  • Better on favorite surface

    Nadal is far superior to Federer on their best surfaces Clay and Grass.

    Nadal has a far superior head-to-head record.

    Nadal has more Master 1000's titles - 6 out of 9 are played on hard
    courts his least favorite surface.

    As it relates to Grand Slams, Roger has played in 72 Grand Slams compared to Rafa's 50 Grand Slams. If Rafa plays or had played 22 more Grand Slams (injuries), I can promise you he would have won many more Grand Slams than Fedman. He was unable to play in 3 French Open's.

  • Rafa is the greatest

    Fedex accumulated 1st 10 slams in his career in the weekest era(2004-07) where top 10 were like top 100s and he benefitted from that to stay on top for more weeks than any1 ..So should not consider at least 1st 8 slams and 100 weeks at no.1.....Still Rafa won 16 Slams and 30 masters in toughtest era.........

  • Best record against best players

    Less grand slams? 10 on clay, 2 on grass, 3 on hard (maybe 4 tomorrow) . Reigns on clay beyond all others. Threatens anybody on other surfaces. What if not one but two grand slams were played on clay? Federer and Djoco have won Garros only once. Nadal numbers would dwarf all others'

  • The fight counts. Most has been said below so I will take this to what is important - competitiveness.

    No doubt Roger is also a fierce competitor but the world has never seen anything like Nadal. He is wired to compete and fight and that makes him exciting to watch. Roger has been gifted with longevity on top of many assets but it is the will to win that gives sport its edge so this must be taken into account. Stats surprisingly add up to both Novak and Rafa having achieved more than Roger when length of time played or number of matches is taken into account. Both have surpassed Roger in Masters 1000s is a very evident stat. Less evident is that they have won more slams in a shorter period therefore winning at the same rate they would have more. Agassi believed Rafa/Novak era is tougher so put in Roger's era they would have swept the slams up. Roger is the media darling and will keep being promoted as the goat. But, as I see it, as a Brit with no bias, I give it to Rafa followed by Novak.

  • The fight counts. Most has been said below so I will take this to what is important - competitiveness.

    No doubt Roger is also a fierce competitor but the world has never seen anything like Nadal. He is wired to compete and fight and that makes him exciting to watch. Roger has been gifted with longevity on top of many assets but it is the will to win that gives sport its edge so this must be taken into account. Stats surprisingly add up to both Novak and Rafa having achieved more than Roger when length of time played or number of matches is taken into account. Both have surpassed Roger in Masters 1000s is a very evident stat. Less evident is that they have won more slams in a shorter period therefore winning at the same rate they would have more. Agassi believed Rafa/Novak era is tougher so put in Roger's era they would have swept the slams up. Roger is the media darling and will keep being promoted as the goat. But, as I see it, as a Brit with no bias, I give it to Rafa followed by Novak.

  • Rafa Nadal is the heart of Tennis

    Rafa made a great carrer 71 titles overell ,51 Clay titles , 14 Grand Slam , 28 masters ,he complated the full Grand Slam titles in 23 year , 4 Davis cup , Gold Olympic in single at Beijing 2008 and in Double at Rio 2016 ,he is the best

  • Nadal greatest ever

    Head to Head with Federer 23-13 the difference so large, dethroned Federer as world no 1, won at leat 2 grand slams on 3 surfaces, completed the full slam before Federer, 4 Davis Cup, Olympic gold, 28 Masters titles, I grand slam for 10 consecutive years, King of clay, Highest win percentage and the greatest tennis competitor of all time with close to 2 years out of the game with injury. Phenomenal record and I believe he still has a good 2 years to go.

  • Indeed he is one of the greatest.

    Rafa had to face two tennis generations while fed had to face two too, but one was a bit weaker comprising of Roddick as the best one, who fed owned). Rafa had first fed, then Djoko n Murray bur still he went to win so much. I'd rather say, he is the greatest, if not the second best after Djoko.

  • Best competitor world has ever seen and will ever see after he retires

    Without him tennis would not be as lively as it is. He always rise after everyone writes him off. He came back in 2009 after losing FO and than came back with a bang in 2013 winning 7 Clay court Titles out of 9 including FO and than US OPEN after 8 months long injury. And now he came back in 2016 when everyone had again write him off for 3rd time and he proved everybody wrong by winning back-to-back Titles of Monte Carlo and Barcelona Open. He is GOAT NUFF said

  • Federer is the GOAT, and here's why.

    I'm tired of people talking about Nadal's head to head vs Federer. Federer's best surface is grass. Federer and Nadal have only met 3 times on grass, with Federer leading 2-1 in their head to head. Nadal's best (and Federer's worst) surface is clay, and Federer and Nadal have met 15 times on clay. This is because the clay court season is way longer than the grass court season. On hard courts, Federer leads the head to head 10-9. Furthermore, let's look at the number of times that Federer and Nadal played during their respective peaks. During Federer's peak (2004-2007), they met 14 times. During Nadal's peak (2008 onwards), they met 23 times. Clearly, their head to head would have been less biased had they met more during Rafa's peak. If you look at 2017, when Nadal clearly has the age advantage, Federer demolished Nadal 3 times and won 2 Grand Slams. I doubt Nadal will even be on the tour at 35. Now, let's look at Grand Slams. No doubt Nadal is the greatest Clay Court player of all time. He has won 10 French Open titles. However, on other surfaces, he only has 5 Grand Slams. He is too dependent on Clay. On the other hand, if you remove Federer's 8 Wimbledon titles, he still has 11 Grand Slams. He is a great all-court player. Now, let's look at career titles. Nadal has 73 career titles, out of which 53 are clay titles. Only 17 hard court titles and just 4 grass titles. Federer, on the other hand, has 93 career titles, out of which 17 are grass, a whopping 63 hard court titles and 11 clay court titles. As you can see, this is way more evenly balanced than Nadal's titles. Furthermore, Roger Federer has won the Year-End Championships a record 6 times, as opposed to only ZERO by Nadal. I also forgot to mention that Federer has 19 Grand Slam Titles, as opposed to Nadal's 15, which largely comprises of French Opens. Lastly, Federer has demolished Nadal 3 times this year (2017) at Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami. I don't need to remind you that Federer is 35, while Nadal is 31, 4 whole years younger than Federer. He clearly has the age advantage and yet Federer still manages to beat him 3 times. Nadal doesn't seem to have had any injuries recently. He has simply been outclassed by Federer. For example, take a look at the World Tour Finals in 2011. Nadal, who wasn't unhealthy in any way, got destroyed by Federer 6-3, 6-0. No-one else has ever destroyed Rafa so ruthlessly. Nadal and Djokovic have both called Federer the greatest of all time. However, I do respect Rafa. He is a great fighter, he is truly the king of clay and deserves everything he gets, except for the title of GOAT. That belongs exclusively to Roger.

  • Conservative weeks as no 1

    OK, Nadal has dominated his peers but it has been for a short period of time as compared to what federer has done. Federer has 237 conservative weeks as no 1. Ladies and gentlemen, this is unreal. Nadal has cumulatively been no 1 for over just a 100 weeks so how can one claim Nadal as the best? No way. Nadal is great but federer is legendary

  • Nadal is king of weak clay court era.

    In weak clay court era, Fed was getting into finals to face Rafa. Rafa was at his best on clay court tournaments. Fed was facing him with consistency. Because Fed was second best player on clay.
    But Rafa was not consistent enough to face Fed on Grass or Hard courts when Fed was at his prime. Rafa was losing in early rounds in many Grass or Hard court tournaments. At the age of 33 Fed is still no.2 in the world. At the age of 29 Nadal is getting beaten by many ordinary players in this weak era! Yes its weak era because there is no competition to Djokovic. The way Fed was distinctly ahead during 2004 to 2008, now Djokovic is distinctly ahead of others.


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