I have to confess before I start that I am a huge Roger Federer fan. It is with that in mind that I write this article. I have no doubt that Federer is the greatest Tennis player of all time and will sooner or later collect the grand slams reflect this. My question is once he has who can stop Nadal catching him.
It is Federer misfortune that he didn't wrap up a French open win before the man from Majorca arrived on the seen. After the loss in Hamburg I just can't see Federer beating Nadal in a 5 set match on clay. He seems to have a mental block. That being said if Federer can't do it, who can? Djokovic is a hell of a player and his rivalry with Nadal will probably join Federer's in producing some of the great tennis matches of all time. But on clay I suspect he like Federer will be found wanting. I actually suspect Novak may be Federer main competition at the other majors. More good news for Pete Sampras I would imagine.
So this is the real issue. While Nadal is down to Fed on grass (0-2) and Hard courts (2-3) he is so utterly dominant on clay itís hard to see him ever losing at Roland Garros. If that is the case he could win 14 grand slams with out ever winning another major. Letís face it he will eventually win another major. He's too good a player not to. With that in mind, Nadal's utter dominance on clay may see him go on to break whatever total Federer goes on to set. In the end Federer's prowess across all surfaces may fail to stack up against Nadal on the dirt.