Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are two of the greatest tennis players of all time. They have played each other 40 times, with Nadal leading the head to head 24–16. Nadal leads 14–10 in finals, with Federer leading 10–4 in Grand Slams. The winner of the first set in 33 out of 40 matches between Nadal and Federer has won the match.
About Federer–Nadal rivalry in brief
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are two of the greatest tennis players of all time. They have played each other 40 times, with Nadal leading the head to head 24–16. Of their 40 matches, 20 have been on hard court, 16 on clay, and 4 on grass. Nadal leads 14–10 in finals, with Federer leading 10–4 in Grand Slams. 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. Their most recent encounter was in the semifinal of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships. Both players rank first on the men’s all-time list for the most majors titles, and hold numerous other records between them. The winner of the first set in 33 out of 40 matches between Nadal and Federer has won the match. Their 2008 Wimbledon final was lauded as the greatest match ever by many long-time tennis analysts. Their 2017 Australian Open final was one of the more highly anticipated major finals in tennis history, in part due to the fact that they were both already in their 30s, which is usually when most male players are on the decline or have already retired. From 2006 to 2008, they played in every French Open and Wimbledonfinal, with each match going to five sets. They did not meet again until the semifinals of the Masters Cup, which was their first meeting on grass, and their first straight-set win.
They faced off off in the final of the Wimbledon Masters Cup for the first time in 2011, and this is the longest match they have ever contested. The two have won 11 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, 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 Australianopen to the 2018 French Open. In Rome, Federer fought back to win championship points on 5–3 in the fifth set, but Nadal won the next four points to claim the title. In Dubai, Nadal beat Federer in five sets to end Federer’s Open Era record of 56 consecutive wins on hard courts. The pair have won 12 ATP Tour Masters 1000 finals, including nine Grand Slam finals and 12 Masters 1000s. The last time they met in a Grand Slam final was the 2007 Australian Open, which Federer won in straight sets in the semi-final. The first time they faced each other in six matches was in March 2004 at the third round of the Miami Masters, and they have played a total of 40 times since then. The most recent meeting was the 2018 Wimbledon semifinals, where Federer beat Nadal in four sets in a best-of-five-set final to win the title for the second time in his career. The winning streak for Federer over Nadal is now six matches, with the last match lasting five hours and five minutes.