Yet again another Nadal loss to Djokovic and yet again the Nadal team is trying to find any pathetic excuse to try and overshadow another big defeat for Rafa. Nadal’s team spent the whole of last Saturday night briefing the media that the reason Nadal lost to Djokovic in the semifinals of Wimbledon was that the match was played under the roof, of course, complete and utter nonsense as usual. First of all the Wimbledon rules state very clearly that the final decision on whether the roof should be used is that of the match referee. Second, the match started under the roof on Friday and so the match should be completed under the same conditions as it started Djokovic was absolutely right about that.
The real issue here is the Nadal camp is simply using the roof as an excuse to try and deflect from yet another loss to Djokovic. Well, it isn’t going to work. Here are the stark facts Nadal in recent years has played 17 matches against Djokovic and Federer and he has lost 15 and only won 2. Against Djokovic Nadal trails 2-10 and against Federer its even worse 0-5. Instead of finding pathetic excuses for losing the Nadal team should get working on how they tactical can stop getting beaten by Djokovic and Federer virtually everytime he plays one of them. Against Djokovic Nadal can’t handle Djokovic’s depth of return, the pace and power on his returns and the fact Novak dominates Nadal in the rallies. And against Federer now with the much more powerful and improved backhand, Nadal has no answers. This is why he keeps getting beat by them not only because they are both better players than him but because Nadal can’t adapt his game to these new realities so whenever he faces them off clay he gets beat.
Nadal is on borrowed time as world number 1 Djokovic is improving and in my view is the favourite to win the US Open now and Federer will no doubt after a disappointing Wimbledon will be targeting the US hardcourt season and indoor season to pick up more points and close in on Nadal. Nadal can’t avoid them both forever I hope Nadal has to play Federer and Djokovic loads over the next 4 months because if he does he’ll lose. With Hardcourt and indoor seasons coming up it’s advantage to Federer and Djokovic and Nadal I think if he has to play them will struggle.
Nadal’s only hope of winning more slams is two fold one he wins more French opens the one grand slam he has a good chance of winning. And two he avoids playing Federer or Djokovic and maybe plays lesser players to win one of the other slams but unlikely. Federer can still win any of the other three slams Australia, Wimbledon or the US Open but probably not the French. Djokovic has the greatest potential as realistic Djokovic can win any of the 4 slams. Over the next two years which may be the last two years for Federer, Djokovic and Nadal I think Federer will still be number 1 on slams but I think Djokovic could overtake Nadal and be number 2 on slams and Nadal will end up as number 3 on slams.
We have to remember though that grand slams are not the only factor when determining who is the greatest of all time. I would say Grand slams, World titles and titles overall count just as much.
Federer – Grand Slams 20, World titles 6, Titles overall 98
Djokovic – Grand Slams 13, World titles 5, Titles overall 69
Nadal – Grand Slams 17, World titles 0, Titles overall 79
On all three of these factors, I would say when the history books are all said and done it will record Federer 1 Djokovic 2 and Nadal the third man at 3.