A pretty fair piece from Steve Tignor on how the Rafa/Fed H2H relates to Fed's GOATness.
This one is more meaningful than most: It proves again how the GOAT exists only in theory, and that when we descend from the world of statistics, of Slams won and years spent at No. 1, the sport is still all about individual matchups, figured out and played out one at a time. Federer remains the best, the GOAT, for his ability to dominate more of those match-ups than anyone. Nadal, for now, has a more peculiar title, one unique to tennis. Call him the Fly (In the ointment). He's the best at beating the best.
The fact is that the H2H is the only blip on Fed's ridiculous resume, so it's easy for everyone to key in on it and make it the cornerstone of their argument that Fed's not the GOAT.
But he is. And it's annoying as all fuck.