federer and nadal: the end of an era?

federer and nadal after the wimbledon 2008 final, maybe the greatest in grand slam history.

yesterday, rafa nadal was eliminated in the quarterfinal of the australian open. he didn’t seem to feel well, and the normally physically strong spaniard didn’t resist and lost 0x3 sets to his countryman david ferrer. just now, roger federer suffered elimination at the hands of novak djokovic, the world’s number 3. 0x3 sets, and this time, djokovic just beat him.

you might think, well, anyone can lose, even a nadal or a federer. why this sensacionalist talk about the end of an era? the answer: because although they do lose from time to time, it just doesn’t happen too often. and normally not before a final.

nadal after his first grand slam truimph, in roland garros, six years ago

almost six years ago, rafael nadal reached his first grand slam final, at his first attempt in roland garros. since then, there have been 24 grand slam finals; and wait for this: in 23 of them, either nadal or federer was in the final! and, more: 22 of those times, the grand slam winner was either roger federer (12 times) or rafael nadal (10 times). they actually played out 6 of those finals between themselves (nadal won 4), which seems even a low number for this kind of dominance.

exactly three years ago was the one time that neither one nor the other was playing on the second sunday. australian open 2008 had tsonga beat nadal 3×0 in the first semifinal, and djokovic beat federer 3×0 in the second. almost the same as this time around. so it might be just an exception, a “twice in a lifetime” thing. time will certainly tell, but it does seem possible that federer and nadal might start to share some of their glory with novak djokovic, who’s been trying to enter their league for a while now.

maybe finally getting close to ending the federer x nadal exclusive rivlary? novak djokivic

there is another sign for that: this will be djokovic’s fourth grand slam final in his career; he had two in a row in us open 2007 (lost to federer) and australian open 2008 (beat tsonga in the final); now he lost to nadal in the us open final last year, and might just win his second slam, again in australia. and, who knows, he might try for the grand slam this year, which neither nadal nor federer ever came close to winning. ok, that’s a bit too much. but who knows?

by the way, it’s now completed two years since the last roger federer x rafa nadal grand slam final, also down under. another sign for the end of an era?

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  3. Thanks this info about Rafael Nadal.

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