I reserve the right to break out threads for major tournaments or individual storylines if there is enough interest. I will start this thread off with a question. So, we all know that Roger Federer is finished. For a non-contact sport, tennis is a brutally physical game. And speed means everything. Federer has remained mostly injury free throughout his career, and this is a credit to his style. He doesn't put the same kind of pounding on his body that Nadal does. He has, however, lost a step. And that is why he is finished. You see, Federer's background is actually just an average backhand for a top 100 player. It isn't a weapon. Everybody has always known this, but nobody has been able to exploit it in the past except Nadal. And there are two reasons for this: (1) Federer moves very well, and has compensated for his backhand side being average by running around a lot of backhands and so that he can hit his forehand, which is one of the best strokes of all time. An absolute deadly weapon. (2) Nadal's game is, by complete accident, absolute kryptonite to Federer. Nadal plays left handed (even though he is right-handed...his Uncle Toni is obviously a damn slave driver), and has the most topspin heavy forehand in the history of the game. Nadal has acknowleded that his only gameplan when he play Fed is to hit it to Fed's backhand. That's all he does, but it kills Fed because it comes at him off a very high bounce (because of the topspin), and there isn't much that a one-handed backhand can do with a hard, high-bouncing ball. The story is as simple as that. The reason that Federer is finished is because part #1 above is no longer an option. With the step that Federer has lost to father time, he can't run around his backhand like he used to and get away with it. Federer is not likely to get faster as he gets older. He is finished as far as winning majors is concerned. And, yes, the analysis is really that simple. Back to the lecture at hand. Back to the question I promised I would pose. Here goes: Is Nadal finished? He is only 25, but we all knew his body was going to breakdown at a younger age than most, because of his obscenely tenacious and unrelenting style. We are now seeing evidence of a declining Nadal. Constant injuries. Reduced confidence. Doubt. I think Nadal will win another French. He's just that good on clay, and it is a softer more forgiving surface for his legs, which makes it less likely for him to get hurt during clay court season, as he always always does during hard court season. But other than that, I think he may be done. Nadal and Federer -- 5 years apart in age -- may nonetheless slowly fade away from the sport together. Thoughts?