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When Federer lost the 2009 Australian Open final, many people were quick to write him off. During this period the great Swiss was also losing more frequently to opponents not named Rafael Nadal.
However, that year the Bottmingen resident bounced back to win his first French Open and sixth Wimbledon, warning people that when playing in Grand Slams, you never write him off.
The two clay losses that Nadal suffered to Novak Djokovic must have rattled him a bit. Those losses have contributed in Nadal having a disappointing clay season for his standards, something that he would like to rectify at the French Open.
Although the brutal Spaniard has come back from adversity many times before when battling injuries, this will be a different circumstance.
It does not matter that he has lost two consecutive clay finals. It does not matter that he has not been playing at the level he was playing last year. This is when Rafael Nadal will have to put the hammer down and prove to himself and everyone else, that when it comes to the clay courts of Roland Garros, he is the best.
You could say that Nadal fought a bigger battle last year, when he came back to regain his French Open title. However, the fact is that it does not matter what kind of fight it is, whether the battle is big or small.
And just like with Roger Federer, the mark of a true champion, a true legend, is to always fight back.