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After Roger Federer won the 2009 French Open, I laid out the case in this posting why he should definitively be declared the greatest player of all time (GOAT).   I also stated that I felt that Rafael Nadal would eventually end up being the GOAT after his career was all said and done.  That naturally led to a healthy debate and of course there is no way to know—we all just need to wait and be patient.    Since then, Nadal has pulled out of the 2009 Wimbledon due to injury and if his all out style is already leading to an injury riddled future, then the likelihood of him reaching GOAT status is unlikely.   However, for now, I will be assuming that this injury will be a one off situation and he’ll be back at the US Open competing for his first US open title and a career grand slam.

In trying to foresee what Nadal’s career records could end up as, my curiosity led me to look at his performance at his current age (23) and compare it to the other top players’ at the same age and then look at their performance from ages 24-27, 28-31, and 32+.  I looked at the number of grand slams won, number of weeks at # 1, and % of career ranked # 1 in the specific age bracket.    After performing this analysis, Federer’s achievements become even more magnified and it’s clear that Nadal will be fighting difficult odds to become GOAT.   (more…)

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