18 Grand Slam Rafael Nadal 12 French open 3 US open 2 Wimbledon 1 Australian open shirt has very little do with him, and everything to do with the people he plays against. Before Djokovic entered the scene, the tennis world had already been wooed by the majesty and grace that is Federer for years. He had taken over and had dominated the game for nearly half a decade before his first significant challenger was to emerge. He played, aesthetically speaking, a beautiful style of tennis, which combined with his strategic nous on the court, his jaw-dropping array of physics-defying shots that have a penchant of showing up whenever he appears to be in danger and the fact that Federer has shown himself to be an absolute gentleman both on and off the court made Federer the darling of the tennis world. Before Djokovic went on a tear in 2011, the man was a good player and had already won his first Grand Slam a few years prior.
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18 Grand Slam Rafael Nadal 12 French open 3 US open 2 Wimbledon 1 Australian open shirt came Nadal, at first the David to Federer’s Goliath, daring to challenge the master at his own game! It was a slow progression, manifesting itself early on clay, where Nadal has of course shown himself to be the goat, but slowly moving into hard courts and grass, leading to some of the greatest matches tennis fans had ever seen in a series of Wimbledon finals from 2006 through to 2008. Throughout this journey, lines were drawn as the hard-hitting, relentless challenger gained fans to rival the exquisite, brilliant master. This rivalry continued for years, as the two men battled at every major tournament, at every big junction, elevating both themselves and the game, spoiling tennis fans with out of this world tennis, but more importantly to this answer, cementing their loyalties.
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