• Roddick calls this the Roger-Rafa era

    3/13/12 7:26 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Roddick calls this the Roger-Rafa era As a nominal student of tennis history, Andy Roddick believes that the current tennis golden era will be defined by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal despite the progress made by current No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

    "I think at the end of it, 20 years from now when you say when you talk about Roger, the name that will go with it is Rafa," said one-time No. 1 Roddick, who has won two of 23 matches with Fdederer and three of 10 against Nadal.

    While Djokovic made his move to the top of the rankings in 2011 by winning 10 titles including three of the four majors, for Roddick's money, he's not quite crashed the party. "Novak came on maybe midway into the (Roger-Rafa) rivalry. They had already kind of started it by three or four years.

    "But he's right in the thick of it. It's no disrespect to them. It's just a matter of what goes (together).

    The American named a similar example from 30 years ago: "McEnroe-Connors, the names kinda go together, I think that will probably Rafa-Roger looking back on it. Not to say that Novak is not going to get in.

    "He's already is in the mix big time. But historically speaking, you know, when tennis was looking for that rivalry, those guys created it."

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Quite right too.

nadline , 3/13/12 9:28 PM

I agree with Roddick. Novak may have gate crashed the party but the greatest rivalry of the first decade of the 21st century will forever belong to the two Rs.

I think it will be a long time before we see a rivalry between two players of such contrasting styles and personalities to equal that of Fedal.

ed251137 , 3/14/12 4:46 PM

Yes Ladies, and I've always thought that they would be mentioned together historically despite the age difference, who doesn't?
But it is, for all intents and purposes
Mostly because there is no real rivalry going on any more, only a shadow of past glories.
Novak and Murray should be the new rivalry, for the next five years or so.
But Andy hasn't nearly kept his side of the bargain.
At least not yet.

Twinge , 3/14/12 5:02 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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