Nadal is still set to tie or break Fed’s slam record this year, right? So there’s one silver lining. Djokovic may outshine them both in the end, though.Sidenote, but damn. I hope Nadal can somehow turn around his misfortunes against Federer and Djokovic. He is now 5-21 against them in his last 26 matches and 0-16 outside clay.
He is also 9-22 vs Djokovic since 2011 and they are even 7-7 on clay. He hasn't been able to take a set off Djokovic on hard courts since 2013 and has lost 21 consecutive sets against him. Yikes.
The Djokovic Nadal rivalry outside of clay really gives me Serena vs Pova vibes (but only less extreme). They play a relatively similar game, but Novak does everything a bit better and is mentally stronger. Poor Rafa.
I caught the ATP Cup match between the pair, and it was looking very much like the AO final until Rafa changed things up a bit. What stands out to me in the matchup is that (1) Rafa's shots can't hurt Novak, (2) Nole knows Rafa's patterns, and (3) Rafa can't use his usual attrition-style tennis against Djokovic.Sidenote, but damn. I hope Nadal can somehow turn around his misfortunes against Federer and Djokovic.
They play a relatively similar game, but Novak does everything a bit better and is mentally stronger. Poor Rafa.
Link to the article"I was just telling my coach, every single person asks me, ‘Have you played Serena?’" Pegula laughed. "And I’m like, ‘No, I haven’t.’ Now I can say yes, so my credibility goes up! Way, way up. Everybody will be happy to hear that."
"I think it’s pretty cool to play her in the final," Pegula added. "No matter what, I’m going to have that picture with her and with the trophies."
"I was definitely a huge fan of both the Williams sisters growing up, especially for American tennis, and obviously she’s the greatest player of all time, so there’s a ton of respect there," said Pegula.