Nadal-Federer rivalry

One of the greatest (if not the greatest) all time tennis rivalry. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal provide us some spectacular, intense and emotional tennis each time they play. Everyone remember their epic 2008 Wimbledon final of course.
What’s your favorite Nadal-Federer match?

You can click the column to sort the table:

No. Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score R. F. R. N.
1. 2004 Masters Series Miami Hard R32 Nadal 6–3, 6–3 0 1
2. 2005 Masters Series Miami Hard Final Federer 2–6, 6–7(4), 7–6(5), 6–3, 6–1 1 1
3. 2005 French Open Clay Semi-final Nadal 6–3, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3 1 2
4. 2006 Dubai Hard Final Nadal 2–6, 6–4, 6–4 1 3
5. 2006 Masters Series Monte Carlo Clay Final Nadal 6–2, 6–7(2), 6–3, 7–6(5) 1 4
6. 2006 Masters Series Rome Clay Final Nadal 6–7(0), 7–6(5), 6–4, 2–6, 7–6(5) 1 5
7. 2006 French Open Clay Final Nadal 1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(4) 1 6
8. 2006 Wimbledon Grass Final Federer 6–0, 7–6(5), 6–7(2), 6–3 2 6
9. 2006 Tennis Masters Cup Hard Semi-final Federer 6–4, 7–5 3 6
10. 2007 Masters Series Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Final Nadal 6–4, 6–4 3 7
11. 2007 Masters Series Hamburg Clay Final Federer 2–6, 6–2, 6–0 4 7
12. 2007 French Open Clay Final Nadal 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 4 8
13. 2007 Wimbledon, London, England Grass Final Federer 7–6(7), 4–6, 7–6(3), 2–6, 6–2 5 8
14. 2007 Tennis Masters Cup Hard Semi-final Federer 6–4, 6–1 6 8
15. 2008 Masters Series Monte Carlo Clay Final Nadal 7–5, 7–5 6 9
16. 2008 Masters Series Hamburg Clay Final Nadal 7–5, 6–7(3), 6–3 6 10
17. 2008 French Open Clay Final Nadal 6–1, 6–3, 6–0 6 11
18. 2008 Wimbledon Grass Final Nadal 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(8), 9–7 6 12
19. 2009 Australian Open Hard Final Nadal 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(3), 3–6, 6–2 6 13
20. 2009 Madrid Masters Clay Final Federer 6–4, 6–4 7 13
21. 2010 Madrid Masters Clay Final Nadal 6–4, 7–6(5) 7 14
22. 2010 London Hard Final Federer 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 8 14
23. 2011 Miami Hard SF Nadal 6-3, 6-2 8 15
24. 2011 Madrid Clay SF Nadal 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 8 16
25. 2011 French Open Clay F Nadal 7-5, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-1 8 17

Rafa by the numbers

6 Grand Slam titles, 3 Davis Cup, 1 Olympic gold medal, 18 Masters Series titles. At 24, the only trophy missing to his impressive collection is the US Open crown.

Some of Rafa’s records:
– 81 consecutive wins on clay
– 18 Masters Series titles
– 6 consecutive titles in a tournament (Monte Carlo)
– the only player to win 400 singles matches in fewer than 500 matches played
– the only player to win all 3 clay court Masters Series in the same season
and on and on

Here you can find the details of Rafa’s singles titles:

Grand Slam:
You can click on the column to sort by year, championship, surface…

Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
2005 French Open Clay Mariano Puerta 6–7(6), 6–3, 6–1, 7–5
2006 French Open (2) Clay Roger Federer 1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(4)
2007 French Open (3) Clay Roger Federer 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
2008 French Open (4) Clay Roger Federer 6–1, 6–3, 6–0
2008 Wimbledon Grass Roger Federer 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(8), 9–7
2009 Australian Open Hard Roger Federer 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(3), 3–6, 6–2

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