Who Know at the end of 2016. 2017 would be the year of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. And, after what happened in the first seven months of the year, it’s clear that this is the rushing season of the two tennis champions.
In addition to titles, wins, and great performances that they have already achieved, by the end of the season, the two rivals could also fight for the first position of the ATP ranking. It is currently Andy Murray sitting on the throne of men’s tennis.
With less than 300 points over Spanish player, and about 1200 on the Swiss. The problem for the Scot is the many points to defend up to the ATP Finals. While Federer and Nadal have no points to defend. Murray would need a real miracle to confirm number one of the world.
Between Federer and Nadal, who has more chances to become the new king of tennis by the end of 2017?
Points to the hand, the favorite would seem Nadal, with about 900 points advantage over Federer. However, there are many things to considerate.
Statistically, the second half of the season is more favorable to the Swiss than the Spaniard. Both for playing surfaces, such as the fast hard courts of North American tournaments, or indoor courts of the year-end tournaments.
Not only that, in the three challenges of this season, Melbourne, Indian Wells and Miami, Federer always won. And the game conditions, considering the surfaces, was may be more or less the same. In addition, Federer seems to be currently in a psycho-physical state unreachable for all his rivals.
Unsurprising perhaps for Rafael Nadal. Much will depend on how tennis players will be present for the two Masters 1000 in North America. The absence of Novak Djokovic, until 2018, will be another factor that will ignite this challenge.
We should give percentages, we can say Federer 55%, Nadal 45%. Anyway, seeing these two great champions fighting for the first place, it’s a dream that until 12 months ago was unpredictable
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