What a difference a seven-month absence makes.
Last year, after Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon and the Olympics, his future was in doubt.
Tennis fans wondered if he’d be the same explosive Rafa post knee rehab. He wasn’t.
He was better.
Now Nadal is challenging Federer in the greatest of all time debate.
He seems like a lock to pass Federer in Grand Slam titles.
His amazing post-knee injury run includes French Open and U.S. Open titles. He also won at Indian Wells.
Juxtaposed to Federer’s decline, Rafa’s rise seems meteoric.
Nadal’s potential to be the greatest has been there for a while. But we thought any real discussion would happen long after Federer retired.
It’s unclear if Federer has another Grand Slam championship in him. If he doesn’t, Rafa could catch Federer before he retires.
Source: Bleacher Report (How Tennis’ Top Stars Changed Public Perception in 2013)