Ranks between number 1 and number 2 have always been questioned in sports, and tennis is no exception. No. 2 always has a chance to beat no. 1, and vice versa. In this case, our no. 2 is Rafael Nadal, second only to the top ranked Roger Federer.
After beating Lleyton Hewitt on Saturday in 3 straight sets in the 3rd round of the French Open, Rafael Nadal was asked who he thought was the better player, him or Roger Federer. With R-Fed ranked at world's number 1, and Rafa ranked at world's number 2, the burning question is: who's better? Federer has an all time record of 7-14 versus Nadal, so how can he be named the Greatest Tennis Player of All Time? Here's Rafa's answer:
Q. I have a different question for you. Everyone in tennis loves Roger, respects Roger. He is said to
be the best of all time. Yet two out of every three times you play him, you win. You’ve won six of the
last seven times. Who’s a better player?
NADAL: You like this. You are focused on the Roger thing, eh? (laughter.)
Yesterday with the clay. Today with the if somebody says I am better than Roger, I think this person
don’t know nothing about tennis. That’s my answer.
Q. How so?
NADAL: So you don’t know nothing about tennis.
You see the titles of him and you see the titles of me? It’s no comparison. So that’s the answer. Is
difficult to compare Roger with me now, because he has 16 Grand Slams; I have 6. Masters 1000,
yeah, I have more than him. But for the rest of the things the records of Roger is very, very almost
impossible to improve.
Q. The question is: Still, for the fans, it is interesting when you step on the court with him, you usually
NADAL: Well, I am No. 2 in the world for five years, so I think I am a good player, too. Sure, I can beat
him. No. 2 can beat No. 1. That’s the thing. It’s not a lot of difference between No. 2 and No. 1 or
between No. 1 and No. 10. That’s the tennis, and the tennis very close, the level, all the time. But I can
beat him, yes. The same time, the thing is I beat him a lot of times on clay. I beat him on other
surfaces, too. But the most of the times I beat him on clay, so I played with him more times on clay than
on the rest of the surfaces.
What do you think? Is Roger in for another Rafa beating on his dominant field of play, the clay court? Or should Nadal be careful when messing with the Fed? (Did Rafael even answer the question?)
Posted: 6/1/2010 10:41:16 AM by
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