Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal: Is Nadal's 17-9 H2H Record That Important?

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Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal: Is Nadal's 17-9 H2H Record That Important?
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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been drawn for a possible meeting in the semifinals of the 2012 Australian Open if the two players get through their draw and make it that far.

One of the lesser talked about parameters that measures the competitiveness of a player against a certain opponent is the head-to-head record.

Some people are of the opinion that head-to-head is not a valid measure of a player's ability because it fails to take into consideration that the ATP Tour is made up of more than one person. Meaning that, while you may be not-so-good against a certain person, it shouldn't be a stain on you as you could be brilliant against everyone else.

Another group that shares the same opinion, but for different reasons, claims that H2H is not a valid measure of a player's general ability because it's possible to have a bad head-to-head against someone who is inferior to you.

Some others are of the opinion that H2H is indeed a valid measure of a player's ability because, at the end of the day, you still have to beat the person on the other side of the net and opponents have to be accountable for their losses.

There may be other views too, and each view has some valid supporting evidence and probably some not-so-valid points, but is there one that possibly overrides the others?

Is Rafael Nadal's head-to-head record against Roger Federer really important to how both players are estimated with regard to each other?

If yes, why?

If no, why and is there a possible scenario where it could become important? 

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NOTE: The debate is about the merits of H2H as a measure of ability. It is not about GOAT or anything else.

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TOP COMMENTS

Normally H2H only matters to the two players involved. It's about a mental advantage before you take the court. The only reason this subject between t...
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Nikolay Davydenko is 6-4 against Rafael Nadal, 3-0 in finals. Is Davydenko better than Nadal, absolutely not. Head to Head cannot be used to determ...
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People {Nadal fans} need to understand that there is no comparison between Federer and Nadal.Federer is miles ahead of Nadal in talent.The only reason...
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in my opinion the h2h shouldn't be as important as a lot of people consider it to be. For me Roger Federer is, and will always be the best tennis play...
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I revise my stance. Head to head is just a head to head to head. The Slams count. Those weigh heavily. They have 9 slam meetings on 3 surfaces. Can't ...
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