2021-02-25 04:15:44 UTC
what i am curious about is what people think about the AO and USO going forward. nadal has won more USOs than lendl, which just shows how great he is (in a similar way that djokovic has won as many wimbledons as becker and edberg combined...).
what i find more surprising is that nadal has won more USOs than djokovic, and less AOs. sometimes people have more fortune at some slams than others. that could be the case here, but are there any reasons, particularly technical ones? do people think it is more likely nadal will win more USOs than djokovic going forward?
and yes, as one reason, i think one *can* say, "rafa *is* just that good" - that is also fair. but having thought the USO courts were faster, are there other factors that change this (or does he just prefer faster hardcourt anyway?), and/or make overall conditions better for him? potential examples: ability/tolerance of the USO courts to amplify his spin? humidity? heat? at this later stage of rafa's career, he has won more USOs since 2017 than fed, djokovic, wawrinka and murray...
it just struck me:
connors 5, mcenroe 4, lendl 3 (the latter out of 8 finals)
federer 5, nadal 4, djokovic 3 (again from 8 finals)
[and in between, there is:
sampras 5, agassi 2 + rafter 2, edberg 2 + becker 1...]