Federer vs Nadal XXXWow, talk about an awkward title, but hey, when in Rome....
This wasn't supposed to happen anymore, their era was finally
over, both men had dropped in the rankings (Federer to No. 3 and Nadal to No. 5), but for the 30th time in their careers, they will square off against each other, and in yet another Championship match.
While they are no longer the Nos. 1 and 2 players in the world, they are still the masters of their craft. And believe it or not, they may be on the path to reascending and reclaiming their rightful places at the very top of the game against their younger rivals.
Their years and current career paths at the moment could not be more different, however.
Roger Federer will be turning 32 soon (previous all-time great, Pete Sampras, retired at 31) and is having his worst start to the year since becoming tennis' best a decade ago. Relatively speaking, his game has been in decline for years, but he still hangs around and is good enough to beat the young guns as evidenced by his ranking and brief stint at No. 1 last year.
Rafael Nadal, on the other hand, is on a tear and in the prime of his career at 27-years old, having reached 8 consecutive finals in 2013 after taking an extended break to recover from a questionable injury no one with a brain actually believes he had in the first place. As is customary, he's been dominating on his favorite surface during the clay season so far.
That said, both men are in peak condition at the moment so NO excuses can be made for either. Even at 32, Roger Federer has proven he can still be the best and I expect him to put up a good fight (and win) against his arch-nemesis.#RogerFederer #RafaelNadal