While fans of both Nadal and Federer might find it difficult to accept the rise of Djokovic (who till the end of 2010 was not perceived as a threat to either of them) as a `super player' and his dominance over the former World No.1s who shared a record 24+ grand slams between them in the last seven to eight years, Federer fans can still come to terms with Djokovic defeating their hero if the latter defeats Nadal in a Grand Slam final.
The reason, Nadal with 10 Grand Slams in his kitty and with age on his side is a major contender to outlast Federer as the GOAT (Greatest Tennis Player of All Time).
From a rivalry point of view or shall we call it `trivalry' (Djokovic, Federer & Nadal), while Nadal proved to be the `nemesis' of Federer, the former has one turning out in the form of Djokovic. Although Djokovic trails the Spaniard 16-12 in their all-time series, Djokovic’s 5-0 record this year includes a finals win at Wimbledon and hard court Masters Series victories in Miami and Indian Wells, California, where he rallied from a set down against Nadal both times. The other two wins came on Clay at Rome and Madrid against of the Masters Series.
Djokovic now gets a chance to avenge his four-set loss to Nadal in last year’s US Open final. On current form and with more than 180% win percentage (Djokovic leads Nadal 9-5) on hard courts, Djokovic is the clear favorite to win US Open 2011at Flushing Meadows.