Could Rafael Nadal's Injuries Make Him the Greatest of His Generation?

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Could Rafael Nadal's Injuries Make Him the Greatest of His Generation?
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Of the most recent improvements in tennis punditry, the dispensing with the term and idea of the "Greatest of all Time" tag (GOAT for short) has been a most welcome change for and from fans, neutrals and players alike.

And of course, the introduction of the more correct and plausible "Greatest of their Generation" tag has brought some peace to the plenty stirred waters of online tennis forums the world over.

The biggest remaining grey area though is the difficulty with classifying greats like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal into generations.

Some argue that Federer is from an earlier generation to Nadal, while others argue that both men are from the same generation. For the purpose of this debate, we'll assume the latter which then brings us to an interesting question.

Would Nadal be even greater in the absence of his injuries? Or put another way: is it possible that Nadal's injuries could make him the greatest of his generation?

Given the type of injury (the severity and frequency of occurrence), its physical and psychological burden (add in the percentage of the season played on hard courts) and the adversity he's potentially had to overcome every time he's won, is it possible that without having to equal Federer's 17 slams Nadal could be seen as the greatest of his generation because of these problems?

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I do not think Nadal can be considered as a GOAT. If you look at the records of Rafa one can easily find that his records are more inclined on clay ra...
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A very devilish and weird premise you have chosen for this debate, Devil ! While the title is alluring, the straight answer to it is 'No' (obviously ...
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This is an unanswerable question.  It's possible that Rafa is in severe pain and is only able to overcome because of his internal toughness and t...
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I think one of the most injured players of the past 5 years would be Roger. He lost his 2008 due to mono and his back injuries due to the stress of pl...
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You are beyond ridiculous, lol. Let us see: How many slams has Nadal won since 2005 (His first major)? The answer is ... 11 How many slams has Federer...
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