Roger Federer Calls out Rafael Nadal's Drive to Be No. 1

Chadley UekmanCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2010

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26:  Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after a point in his quarterfinal match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day nine of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer has made a mistake by calling out the drive and consistency of Rafael Nadal to be the best player on the ATP tour.

Rafael Nadal has a dominant 5-2 record against Federer in Grand Slam Finals and a 13-7 overall record. 

Now that Federer has called out Nadal and questioned his drive to be the best, I guarantee you that Nadal will add to his winning record against Federer in 2010, cementing his place in history as the conquer of the world’s greatest tennis player.

Federer’s four year reign at the summit of the rankings was ended by Nadal in August 2008.  I find it somewhat humorous that Federer would question his drive to win.  Federer also said that he believes Great Britain’s Andy Murray had surpassed Nadal’s game, after Rafa’s Australian Open failure this year.

I think that Nadal’s drop in play has been due to injuries and lack of confidence, not the lack of drive to be the best.  If anything, Nadal’s injuries have been the result of his unrelenting drive to be the best player. Nadal has not been playing his best because of the lack of confidence due to injuries and personal issues.  Injuries and life are part of the game, and great champions can overcome and triumph. 

Can Nadal overcome and be the man to beat once again?  

Federer is calling Nadal out.  Will the Spaniard champion once again rise to the challenge?