In conversations about #RogerFederer’s place in #Tennis history there’s always been a “yeah, but.” That caveat was #RafaelNadal.
On Wednesday night, however, #Federer made a major statement in the never-ending debate, rolling over Nadal 6-2, 6-3 in a masterful tennis clinic in a fourth-round match at #IndianWells. Federer, 35, was as crisp as he’s been in years, toying with #Nadal in setting up shots and then placing his winners with surgical precision. He attacked and kept points short, two things made easier with a laser-guided backhand that brought to mind mid-2000s matches at #Wimbledon. Somehow, Federer made his five-set win over Nadal in January’s insta-classic #AussieOpen final seem like a pedestrian effort.
It was Federer’s third-straight win over Nadal, which only turns the series into a still-dominant 23-13 lead for Nadal. But with this mini-run, which followed five-straight Nadal wins in 2013 and early 2014, the pro-Federer talking points suddenly have actual juice, and not some misguided support by #FedFans wearing blinders.