Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal: The Difference Between the Two

Roger Federer, a genius who made tennis look effortless, has been stripped of his Wimbledon title for a pair of violations at the 2008 US Open. Federer, who is being paid an additional fee of $4 million for the violation, has been fined $1 million and banned from playing in major tournaments for two years. (Byron Tillery/BNS)

The world has been gripped by Federer vs. Nadal, and while the two superstars take time to get accustomed (or to forget), each has a unique skill and style that sets them apart from the rest.

This time around, it’s Federer’s fault, although Nadal didn’t help things by taking the first set in a tiebreak, nor were they even playing a tough first-set tiebreak at the time.

Nadal made the mistake in the second set, and Federer came back to take the match.

Federer, 22, has been in a slump of late. After winning the French Open for the fourth time in 2008, he won Wimbledon. He has a career-high ranking of world No. 4.

He finished the season with a 20-9 record and finished fourth in the world. Last week, he was in the Top 10 for the first time since the U.S. Open in September 2007, when he lost to Andy Roddick, who became the first unseeded player since Bobby Reynolds to win a third major of the year.

But to his credit, Federer has a chance to finish in the top 5 for the first time since 2006, when he was in the top 10 for three weeks.

Nadal reached back-to-back finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, but he is still only 21. He has the ability to make something remarkable this year.

Here are five reasons:

1) The top two tennis players in the world — Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer — are 26-years-old. They were born in August 1981.

2) Like Nadal, Federer has the capability of coming back in the finals of a major to defend his title.

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