Federer vs. Nadal: 35 Points To Consider
The two legends contest another Grand Slam final on Sunday
The newest layer to the epic rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be added on Sunday when they face off for the Australian Open title in Melbourne. To celebrate their 35th career meeting, here are 35 facts about these two legends of the sport.
34: In their 34th and most recent meeting at 2015 Basel, Federer defeated Nadal for record 7th Basel title.
33: Federer snapped Nadal's 33-match unbeaten run on clay courts with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the 2009 Madrid final.
29: Federer won 29 straight ATP World Tour Masters 1000 matches before falling to Nadal in the 2006 Monte-Carlo final.
28: Nadal has played and lost in 28 hard-court tournaments since his most recent hard-court title in Doha in January 2014.
27: Federer went 3-1 in Grand Slam finals as a 27 year old, while Nadal went 2-1 in Grand Slam finals at the same age.
26: Federer is 26-20 in five-set matches, including victories over Nadal for the 2005 Miami and 2007 Wimbledon titles.
25: Nadal became No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on July 25, 2005, and spent a record 160 consecutive weeks there before passing Federer for No. 1.
24: Federer went 24-0 in finals from Oct. 2003-Nov. 2005, including a comeback from two sets down against Nadal in the 2005 Miami final.
23: Nadal is 23-11 against Federer and 3-0 at the Australian Open, winning the 2009 final in five sets, their 2012 semi-final in four sets and 2014 semi-final in straight-sets.
22: Federer and Nadal have never met in Davis Cup, where Nadal is tied for the all-time record with 22 straight singles and doubles wins.
20: Federer has hit more than 20 aces twice in 34 matches against Nadal. He hit 24 in the 2007 Wimbledon final and 25 in their 2008 rematch.
18: Nadal overtook Federer at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Aug. 18, 2008, snapping the Swiss star’s 237-week run at the top.
16: Federer fell to No. 16 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Nov. 7, 2016 after 734 consecutive weeks (14+ years) inside the Top 10.
14: Nadal is tied with Pete Sampras at second on the all-time list with 14 Grand Slam men's singles titles (Federer has won 17).
13: In their first match 13 years ago, a 17-year-old Nadal stunned World No. 1 Federer 6-3, 6-3 in the third-round of Miami in 2004.
12: Nadal and Federer are contesting their 12th battle at a Grand Slam, which is the third-most in the Open Era (Federer/Djokovic 15, Nadal/Djokovic 13).
11: Federer has 11 wins over Nadal, only two of which have come since the end of the 2011 season (2012 Indian Wells, 2015 Basel).
10: If Federer wins his fifth Australian Open title, he will be No. 10 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday (No. 14 with a loss).
8: Nadal and Federer have met in eight Grand Slam finals and will extend their Open Era record with their ninth final on Sunday.
1: Both Federer and Nadal have spent significant amounts of time at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Federer spent a record 302 weeks at No. 1, while Nadal was No. 1 for 141 weeks (7th all-time).