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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: Ultimate Head-To-Head

It’s perhaps the fiercest rivalry in tennis history (or Agassi/Sampras?!). These two have brought the game to an audience far beyond tennis fans and just when many thought the rivalry had died, the two legends have slugged it out on the ATP World Tour since 2004 and their still at it. We’re talking, of course, about Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.  

We’ve put together the duo’s head-to-head stats after a thrilling start to the season. The results show just how incredible their rivalry really is. Take a look!

37 (1981.08.08) Age 33 (1986.06.03)
Basel, Switzerland Birthplace Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
Switzerland Residence Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
6’1″ (185 cm) Height 6’1″ (185 cm)
187 lbs (85 kg) Weight 187 lbs (85 kg)
Right-Handed Plays Left-Handed
One-Handed Backhand Two-Handed
1998 Turned Pro 2001
102 Career Titles 82
$124,774,930 Career Prize Money $112,533,646

Source – ATP World Tour

Table Toppers

nadal-federer-blogRoger Federer has spent a total of 310 weeks at world No. 1, including 237 consecutive weeks at the top of the ATP rankings, the most of any player.

Nadal has spent 196 weeks at number one.

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The Upper-Hand

Of their 38 matches, Nadal currently holds a strong 25-15 advantage. Federer has a winning record on grass (2–1) and hard courts (10-9), while Nadal leads on clay (13–2) and the head-to-head of their 12 Grand Slam matches (9–3), with five of these wins on the clay courts of Roland Garros.

Since Federer return from injury they have played each other 6 times, Federer winning 5 of their matches (1 by walk over) And Nadal has only beaten him once – at the French Open this year.

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First Impressions

story-4In 30 matches out of 38 between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the winner of the first set won the match. Incredible!

Dominant Duo

From 2006 to 2008, they played in every French Open and Wimbledon final. Of the six finals, Federer won two Wimbledon titles (’06, ’07), while Nadal won three consecutive Roland Garros titles (06′ – ’08) and Wimbledon in 2008. Most notably, their 2008 Wimbledon final was lauded as the greatest match ever by many long-time tennis analysts.

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The Final Of All Finals

Wimbledon-memories-Roger-Federer-Rafael-Nadal_2963118On July 6th, 2008, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal went to battle in the final of Wimbledon. Amidst rain delays, they played the longest final in Wimbledon history (4 hours and 48 minutes). Nadal captured the title by winning the fifth set in near darkness. This victory broke Federer’s Open Era-record 65 match winning streak on grass, which spanned more than five years.  It is arguably one of the greatest matches ever.

Career Grand Slam

As of July 2019, Roger Federer holds the all-time record for the most Grand Slam tournament titles with 20. Federer’s Grand Slam tournament titles include 11 on hard courts, 8 on grass, and 1 on clay.

Nadal has 19 in total: An incredible 12 on clay, 5 on hard courts, and 2 on grass. Both players have won a Career Grand Slam – winning each major title at least once.

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Grand Masters

federer-nadal-1443889Rafael Nadal holds 34 Masters 1000 titles, 20 ATP 500 and 9 ATP 250 titles.

Roger Federer has 28 Master 1000 titles, 23 ATP 500 and 25 ATP 250 titles

Nadal is missing three Masters 1000 titles (Miami, Shanghai, and Paris) and Federer is missing two (Monte Carlo, and Rome).

This great rivalry will continue on Friday at the Wimbledon semi finals, stay tuned for more!

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