As the saying goes, “brand new day, same ‘ol (spit)”.
Sure it gave Nadal a record-tying sixth French Open title. Sure it was Nadal’s 10th Grand Slam singles tournament title, leaving him only six behind Federer for most all time. Hell, Nadal may one day have the most Grand Slam singles title.
The real story is Federer cannot beat his chief tormentor – again. In fact, he is now 8-17 against Nadal.
Once again, this proves that Federer is NOT the best male tennis player ever.
The best tennis player of all time does not get owned by a rival. Pete Sampras, who I consider the greatest male tennis player of all time, was never dominated by a rival. In fact, Sampras dominated his biggest rival (Andre Aggasi) in head-to-head match-ups (20-14).
Martina Navratilova was not dominated by another contemporary in her prime. In fact, she has a winning record against Chris Evert (43-37), and is even with Steffi Graf (9-9).
Speaking of Graf, no one has a winning record against her.
Look, I am not out to poo-poo on Federer’s achievements. The dude did win 16 Grand Slam singles titles. I’m just saying he is not as great as people make him out to be.