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Rafael Nadal v/s Roger Federer : Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Incredible ‘Fedal’ Rivalry

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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player. Now he is ranked world No. 6 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has been ranked No. 1 in the ATP rankings for 209 weeks and has finished as the year-end No. 1 five times.

Nadal has won 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, an all-time record shared with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. He has 13 French Open titles which in particular are a record at any tournament. Nadal’s dominance on clay is also highlighted by his winning 62 of his 88 ATP singles titles on clay, including 26 of his 36 Masters titles.

His 81 consecutive wins on clay are the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era.

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Roger Federer is a Swiss national professional tennis player. Right now he is ranked No.16 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Federer has been world No. 1 in the ATP rankings a total of 310 weeks which includes a record 237 consecutive weeks – and has finished as the year-end No. 1 five times. Federer has won 103 ATP singles titles, the second most of all-time behind Jimmy Connors, including a record six ATP Finals.

A very versatile all-court player, Federer’s effortlessness has made him highly popular among tennis fans. He was originally lacking self-control as a junior, Federer transformed his on-court demeanor to become well-liked for his general graciousness, winning the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award 13 times. He has also won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award a record five times. Outside of competing, he played an instrumental role in the creation of the Laver Cup team competition.

Also Read: The Incredible Journey of Roger Federer

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

The Federer v/s Nadal Rivalry

The Federer–Nadal rivalry is a modern-day tennis rivalry between the Swiss, Roger Federer, and the Spaniard, Rafa. It is considered to be one of the greatest-ever tennis rivalries.

Federer and Nadal have played each other 40 times, with Nadal leading the overall head-to-head 24–16 and in finals 14–10. Of their 40 matches, 20 have been on hard court, 16 have been on clay, and 4 have been on grass.

 Federer leads on grass (3–1) and indoor hard court (5–1). Nadal leads on clay (14–2) and outdoor hard court (8–6). A total of 14 matches have been in majors with Nadal leading 10–4. Nadal leads 6–0 at the French Open and 3–1 at the Australian Open, while Federer leads 3–1 at Wimbledon. The two have yet to meet in the US Open.

Both of the players rank first on the men’s all-time list for the most Grand Slam titles with 20 titles alongside Novak Djokovic and hold numerous other records between them. Together, they have won 11 consecutive majors, from the 2005 French Open to the 2007 US Open, as well as 6 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments on two occasions; from the 2008 French Open to the 2009 Wimbledon Championships and from the 2017 Australian Open to the 2018 French Open.

 

 They are the only pair of men to have finished six consecutive calendar years as the top two ranked players on the ATP Tour, which they did from 2005 to 2010 and seven times overall, including 2017. This includes a record 211 consecutive weeks sharing the top two rankings from July 2005 to August 2009.

From 2006 to 2008, they contested every French Open and Wimbledon final. Their 2008 Wimbledon final was lauded as the greatest match ever by many long-time tennis analysts and pundits. Other matches considered particularly notable include the 2006 Italian Open final, 2007 Wimbledon final, and 2009 Australian Open final, all of which went to five sets.

 Their most recent encounter was in the semi-finals of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

Roger Federer v/s Rafael Nadal Head to Head (Singles):- 

Year

Event

Surface

Result

Winner

2019

Wimbledon

Outdoor Grass

Roger Federer

7-6,1-6,6-3,6-4

2019

Roland Garros

Outdoor Clay

Rafael Nadal

6-3,6-4,6-2

2019

ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells

Outdoor Hard

Roger Federer

W/O

2017

ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai

Outdoor Hard

Roger Federer

6-4,6-3

2017

ATP Masters 1000 Miami

Outdoor Hard

Roger Federer

6-3,6-4

2017

ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells

Outdoor Hard

Roger Federer

6-2,6-3

2017

Australian Open

Outdoor Hard

Roger Federer

6-4,3-6,6-1,3-6,6-3

2015

Basel

Indoor Hard

Roger Federer

6-3,5-7,6-3

2014

Australian Open

Outdoor Hard

Rafael Nadal

7-6,6-3,6-3

2013

ATP Finals

Indoor Hard

Rafael Nadal

7-5,6-3

2013

ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati

Outdoor Hard

Rafael Nadal

5-7,6-4,6-3

2013

ATP Masters 1000 Rome

Outdoor Clay

Rafael Nadal

6-1,6-3

2013

ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells

Outdoor Hard

Rafael Nadal

6-4,6-2

2012

ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells

Outdoor Hard

Roger Federer

6-3,6-4

2012

Australian Open

Outdoor Hard

Rafael Nadal

6-7,6-2,7-6,6-4

2011

ATP Finals

Indoor Hard

Roger Federer

6-3,6-0

2011

Roland Garros

Outdoor Clay

Rafael Nadal

7-5,7-6,5-7,6-1

2011

ATP Masters 1000 Madrid

Outdoor Clay

Rafael Nadal

5-7,6-1,6-3

2011

ATP Masters 1000 Miami

Outdoor Hard

Rafael Nadal

6-3,6-2

2010

ATP Finals

Indoor Hard

Roger Federer

6-3,3-6,6-1

2010

ATP Masters 1000 Madrid

Outdoor Clay

Rafa Nadal

6-4,7-6

2009

ATP Masters 1000 Madrid

Outdoor Clay

Roger Federer

6-4,6-4

2009

Australian Open

Outdoor Hard

Rafael Nadal

7-5,3-6,7-6,3-6,6-2

2008

Wimbledon

Outdoor Grass

Rafael Nadal

6-4,6-4,6-7,6-7,9-7

2008

Roland Garros

Outdoor Clay

Rafael Nadal

6-1,6-3,6-0

2008

ATP Masters 1000 Hamburg

Outdoor Clay

Rafael Nadal

7-5,6-7,6-3

2008

ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo

Outdoor Clay

Rafael Nadal

7-5,7-5

2007

Tennis Masters Cup

Indoor Hard

Roger Federer

6-4,6-1

2007

Wimbledon

Outdoor Grass

Roger Federer

7-6,4-6,7-6,2-6,6-2

2007

Roland Garros

Outdoor Clay

Rafael Nadal

6-3,4-6,6-3,6-4

2007

ATP Masters 1000 Hamburg

Outdoor Clay

Roger Federer

2-6,6-2,6-0

2007

ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo

Outdoor Clay

Rafa Nadal

6-4,6-4

2006

Tennis Masters Cup

Indoor Hard

Roger Federer

6-4,7-5

2006

Wimbledon

Outdoor Grass

Roger Federer

6-0,7-6,6-7,6-3

2006

Roland Garros

Outdoor Clay

Rafael Nadal

1-6,6-1,6-4,7-6

2006

ATP Masters 1000 Rome

Outdoor Clay

Rafael Nadal

6-7,7-6,6-4,2-6,7-6

2006

ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo

Outdoor Clay

Rafael Nadal

6-2,6-7,6-3,7-6

2006

Dubai

Outdoor Hard

Rafael Nadal

2-6,6-4,6-4

2005

Roland Garros

Outdoor Clay

Rafael Nadal

6-3,4-6,6-4,6-3

2005

ATP Masters 1000 Miami

Outdoor Hard

Roger Federer

2-6,6-7,7-6,6-3,6-1

2004

ATP Masters 1000 Miami

Outdoor Hard

Rafa Nadal

6-3,6-3

 

Federer v/s Nadal Head to Head (Doubles):-

Year

Tournament

Surface

 

Round

Winner

Scores

2004

Indian Wells Masters

Hard

Last 16

Nadal/Roberto

5-7,

6-4,

6-3

2007

Italian Open

Clay

Last 32

Nadal/Moyá

6-4,

7-6,

7-5

2011

Indian Wells Masters

Hard

Semi-finals

Federer/Wawrinka

7-5,

6-3