An Overview of Tennis’ Federer-Nadal Rivalry

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Federer-Nadal Rivalry
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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, two of the most accomplished tennis players in the history of the sport, have spent more than a decade engaging in what many consider to be the greatest rivalry tennis has ever seen. Despite Nadal leading the head-to-head by a comfortable 23-11 margin, the two have contested several highly competitive matches while becoming the first pair of men to finish as the world’s top two players for six consecutive years.

Federer and Nadal competed against one another for the first time in 2004 at the Miami Masters event. At 17 years of age, the unseeded Nadal shocked the tennis world by beating the world No. 1 in straight sets. One year later, the two met in the final of the same tournament. This time Federer overcame a two-set deficit to win in five sets, evening their head-to-head at one match apiece. Just a few months later Nadal defeated Federer in their first grand slam encounter, a semifinal victory that led to the first of Nadal’s nine trophies at Roland Garros.

Since 2005, Federer and Nadal have met at 10 additional grand slam tournaments. Nadal defeated Federer in the finals of the French Open from 2006-2008, and for a fifth time in 2011. Federer has won two of the three matches to take place at the finals of Wimbledon. Nadal’s 2008 Wimbledon victory, however, is often regarded as one of the greatest matches in tennis history. Nadal has won all three meetings between the two at the Australian Open, including the 2009 final. The two have never met at the US Open. In total, Nadal leads 13-2 on clay and 9-7 on hard courts, while Federer maintains a 2-1 advantage on grass.

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