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It's what we would want, isn't it? Two guys, each in his prime and roughly the same age as the other, set to spend the rest of their careers fighting for men's singles supremacy?
Still, there has always been something special about watching Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer play one another. I think it's the result of Federer never having a "true" rival during his initial rise to the top and, eventually, of he and Nadal being far and away the top two players in the sport.
Now, however, the latter is not true; with Djokovic in the mix, it's more of a "trivalry" (a term coined by some tennis pundits to describe the three). =Therefore, it is difficult to ascertain the true value of the Nadal/Djokovic rivalry, and by extension, one is unsure of how to judge the state of Nadal/Federer.
But this year has clearly belonged to the former duo, as every 2011 Grand Slam title to date is currently held by one of the two. They have met twice in a Grand Slam final (2010 U.S. Open and 2011 Wimbledon), and each has come away with one victory.
What's more, unlike Federer, Djokovic has held his own against Nadal for the most part. Although Nadal currently leads the head-to-head matchup with a 16-12 advantage, Djokovic is the only player to have as many as 10 match wins against him. He is also the only player to defeat Nadal five or more times in a row.
I, for one, will still get excited whenever Federer and Nadal are slated to play one another. At the same time, I almost always think Nadal will win. I don't quite have that feeling anymore about Nadal and Djokovic, but the level of intrigue has yet to reach that same point.