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.
35: Federer, 35, bids to become the second-oldest Slam champion in the Open Era (Rosewall: 1970 US Open, 1971 and 1972 Australian Open).
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.
32: During Nadal's career-best 32-match win streak in 2008, he beat Federer at Hamburg, Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
31: Nadal was 31-0 at Roland Garros before his fourth-round loss in 2009 to Robin Soderling, who ultimately fell to Federer in the final seven days later.
30: Federer vs. Nadal is the fifth Grand Slam final in the Open Era to feature two players in their 30s, and the first since Pete Sampras vs. Andre Agassi at the 2002 US Open.
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.
21: Nadal and Federer have played in 21 finals. Nadal leads 14-7, including wins at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
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.
19: Nadal is 19-8 in five-set matches, including wins over Federer for the 2006 Rome, 2008 Wimbledon and 2009 Australian Open titles.
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.
17: No. 17 seed Federer looks to become the lowest-ranked Grand Slam champion since No. 44 Gaston Gaudio at 2004 Roland Garros.
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.
15: Federer hasn't won a title in 15 months, which would be longest drought ended by a Grand Slam championship since Gaston Gaudio at 2004 Roland Garros.
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).
9: The last No. 9 seed to win a Grand Slam title was Jim Courier at 1991 Roland Garros. The last No. 17 seed was Pete Sampras at the 2002 US Open.
8: Nadal and Federer have met in eight Grand Slam finals and will extend their Open Era record with their ninth final on Sunday.
7: It's been seven years since Federer won his last Australian Open title and eight years since Nadal won his only Australian Open title.
6: Nadal is 6-0 against Federer at Grand Slams since the 2007 Wimbledon final (3-0 Australian Open, 2-0 Roland Garros, 1-0 Wimbledon)
5: Federer and Nadal have each lost five sets this fortnight. That’s the most for Federer en route to a Grand Slam final since 2009 Roland Garros and for Nadal since 2010 Wimbledon.
4: Federer is looking to become the first Grand Slam champion since Mats Wilander at 1982 Roland Garros to post four wins against Top 10 players.
3: Nadal is seeking to become the third player all-time and first in the Open Era to win each Grand Slam twice, joining Roy Emerson and Rod Laver.
2: Nadal is bidding to become just the third man to win Grand Slam titles in their teens, 20s & 30s, joining Ken Rosewall and Pete Sampras.
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).