Djokovic–Nadal rivalry

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Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal

The Djokovic–Nadal rivalry is between tennis players Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who are engaged in a modern-day tennis rivalry. The rivalry is ranked first in the Open Era in terms of matches played (42), with Nadal leading 23 to 19 in match wins.[1][2] Between 2006–2010, this rivalry was often overshadowed by the historic Federer–Nadal rivalry, but it started to become widely recognized after they played their first Grand Slam final against each other at the 2010 US Open. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest rivalries in tennis history. It is the only rivalry to take place in all 4 Grand Slam finals (including consecutive Grand Slam finals) and a record 22 Masters Series matches. Their 2012 Australian Open final is considered to be one of the greatest matches of all time, and Mary Carillo and John McEnroe both commented that that Australian Open match and the 2013 French Open semi-final match were the two best matches played on hard and clay courts respectively.[3] The Djokovic–Nadal rivalry is listed as the third greatest rivalry in the last decade by ATPworldtour.com despite it only starting in 2006.[4]

The first ever meeting between the two occurred at the 2006 French Open in the quarterfinals, where Nadal prevailed after Djokovic was forced to retire with an injury in the third set. This match initiated the rivalry, with Djokovic later commenting to the media that he understood what he needed to do to beat Nadal and claiming Nadal "was beatable on clay". Their first final appearance came at the 2007 Indian Wells Masters tournament, where Nadal won the event, and this was just the second time they had met on the ATP Tour. Djokovic's first win was in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Miami Masters in their third meeting. From March 2011 to April 2013, the pair contested eleven consecutive meetings in the championship match.[5] At present, they are the top two players in the world, having previously reigned between February 2011 and July 2012.

Some of their matches are considered to be classics and among the greatest matches of all time including the 2009 Madrid Masters Semifinal and 2013 French Open semi-final. The 2012 Australian Open final has been lauded as the greatest match ever played by some long-time tennis pundits, analysts, and former players and legends of the sport. Each one has openly stated the other to be their greatest rival and motivator to play better tennis as evidenced by the streakiness in this rivalry. This is the most played rivalry in the history of the Open Era and is considered to be one of the greatest rivalries ever by players, coaches, and pundits.[6]

History[edit]

Rafael Nadal 2006
Novak Djokovic 2007

2006[edit]

The first meeting between the two, which was the only one for this year, was at the French Open (Roland Garros) in the Quarterfinals. The victory went to Nadal in this match via a retirement from Djokovic after Nadal took the first two sets in fours in a matter of 114 minutes.[7]

2007[edit]

In 2007, the pair met seven times, Nadal winning five of them.

The first encounter took place at the finals of the Indian Wells Masters. This was Djokovic's first Masters 1000 final whereas Nadal was bidding for his 6th. Nadal won the match easily, in a matter of 94 minutes.[8] Djokovic however got his revenge the following week, defeating Nadal for the first time in the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters in just 97 minutes.[9]

The pair met twice during the summer clay-court season, Nadal continuing his dominance on clay. He defeated Djokovic en route to the title in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters[10] and went on to do the same on his way to a third Grand Slam title, at the French Open a month later. Nadal defeated Djokovic, who was playing his first Grand Slam semi-final.[11] They then met for the first time on grass, in the semi-finals of Wimbledon. After having split the first two sets, Djokovic was forced to concede the match to Nadal on a retirement.[12]

At the Canada Masters in Montreal, Djokovic scored his second victory over Nadal, defeating the Spaniard in the semi's en route to winning his second Masters 1000 title.[13]

The final encounter between the two during the year was in the round robin phase Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai. Nadal won easily.[14]

2008[edit]

Djokovic and Nadal met six times in 2008, Nadal improving his career advantage against Djokovic to 10–4, winning four of their encounters.

Djokovic defeated Nadal in the semifinals at Indian Wells Masters in their first meeting in the year.[15]

Nadal defeated Djokovic in the semis of the Hamburg Masters.[16] In their third consecutive meeting at the French Open semi-finals, a dominant Nadal defeated Djokovic in the semis, going on to win his fourth consecutive French Open title.

Next they met in their second final at the Queen's Club in London, Nadal winning his first grass-court title at the expense of Djokovic in the finals in straight sets.[17]

In their fifth encounter of the year at the Cincinnati Masters, Djokovic defeated Nadal in the semis.[18]

The sixth and final battle of the year came at the Beijing Olympics in the semi-finals, Nadal winning the match. He would go on to win the gold medal.

2009[edit]

They met seven times in 2009. Nadal won the first four of their encounters, Djokovic going on to win the last three.

The pair met several times on clay and matches involving them became the highlights of the clay-court season. They met for the first time in a clay-court final at the Monte Carlo Masters, Nadal winning a closely contested three-setter and his 5th consecutive title at the event.[19] With the no. 3 ranking at risk, Djokovic had to defend his title at the Rome Masters to avoid dropping to No. 4 in the world. He successfully made it to the final, but lost to Nadal in straight sets.[20]

They then met for a third consecutive tournament on clay, in the semis of the Madrid Masters. Nadal won a gruelling encounter by saving three match points in the process.[21] The match, at 4 hours and 3 minutes, was the longest three-set singles match on the ATP World Tour in the Open Era (later surpassed by the Olympic semifinal between Federer and Del Potro in 2012, which did not have a tiebreak in the third set).[22] The match was voted the best match of the year by fans and critics alike. Djokovic admitted afterwards that it took him a long time to get over this loss.

During the US Open series, Djokovic defeated Nadal for the first time that year at the Cincinnati Masters in 92 minutes.[23] Djokovic then won his first Masters 1000 title of the year, crushing Nadal in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Paris.[24] The pair then had their final meeting of the year, at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Djokovic won the match, going 2–1 in the round robin phase.[25]

2010[edit]

They met only twice in 2010, and Nadal won both encounters.

Djokovic and Nadal faced off for the first time in a Grand Slam final at the US Open. Nadal won the match in four sets, thus becoming the youngest player in the Open Era to complete a Career Grand Slam. This match took 3 hours and 43 minutes to get finished.[26]

Their second encounter came during the Round Robin stage of the ATP World Tour finals, where Nadal beat Djokovic in two sets.[27]

2011[edit]

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal during the 2011 US Open final

The pair met 6 times, all in finals, with Djokovic winning all six encounters, including two Grand Slam finals.

Coming into their first encounter of the year at the Indian Wells Masters, Djokovic had not lost a match the entire year, and continued his fine form by beating Nadal to win his second Indian Wells title.[28]

Two weeks later, the pair met again in the finals of the Miami Masters with Djokovic winning two sets to one.[29]

Djokovic and Nadal clashed twice during the clay-court spring. In the final of the Madrid Masters, Djokovic scored his first ever victory over Nadal on clay, in straight sets.[30] He managed the same feat at the Rome Masters, defeating Nadal in straight sets.[31]

Djokovic and Nadal met in a final for the fifth time in the year at Wimbledon, arguably their biggest encounter of the year. In a 2 hour 28 minute contest, Djokovic overcame Nadal in four sets, winning his first Wimbledon title.[32]

They met for a second consecutive final at the US Open, a rematch of the final from the previous year, in which Nadal had prevailed. Djokovic won his third Grand Slam title of the year, overcoming Nadal again in four sets.[33]

2012[edit]

The pair met 4 times, with Nadal winning three of the four encounters and Djokovic winning only one, which was a Grand Slam final.

Djokovic won the 2012 Australian Open final after an epic five-set battle vs. Nadal. The match lasted 5 hours 53 minutes, the record for the longest match in a Grand Slam final in the open era. At the end of the match, both players were so exhausted they could not stand for the trophy presentation. Nadal called it "the greatest loss in his career" and "the best match he ever played". Djokovic also commented on the match, saying this was a moment he would never forget, and considered it a career-defining victory for himself.[34]

Djokovic and Nadal met again in the 2012 Monte–Carlo Masters 1000 final. This time, Nadal won his eighth consecutive title after defeating Djokovic in two sets. It was the first time since November 2010 that Nadal had beaten Djokovic. They had met in seven finals from January 2011 to January 2012, all of which Djokovic won.

The pair met again in the 2012 Rome Masters final at the Foro Italico where Nadal defeated Djokovic in straight sets and regained the trophy he has won 5 times before. Djokovic was the defending champion

The fourth battle of the year came at the 2012 French Open final. For the second time in tennis history, two opposing tennis players played four consecutive Grand Slams finals against each other. This was a match of historic proportions as either Nadal would have broken Björn Borg's record of six titles at the French Open or Djokovic would have become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four Grand Slams in a row. Nadal eventually emerged victorious after 3 consecutive losses in Grand Slam finals, prevailing in 4 sets after multiple rain delays that forced the final to be concluded on the following Monday afternoon. With this victory, Nadal became the most successful tennis player at the French Open, winning seven French Open titles.[35]

2013[edit]

The couple met 6 times, with three victories for each one.

Djokovic and Nadal contested the Monte Carlo final for a third time, but this was their first meeting since last year's French Open final, and this was the twelfth time in the last thirteen occasions in which they met in the championship match.[36] Nadal failed to win his 9th title after Djokovic defeated him in straight sets.[37]

At the 2013 French Open Nadal came in as seven time champion and was drawn in the same half as Djokovic, made possible by his 3rd seed. Nadal won the 2013 French Open after beating Djokovic in the semifinal and Ferrer in the final. His semi-final clash with Djokovic was widely considered one of the greatest clay court matches ever played, and Nadal was 2 points away from victory in the 4th set but was denied by Djokovic and taken to a fifth set where he went down a break 4–2 only to break back and ultimately triumph 9–7 and take out a hard-fought 4-hour, 37-minute victory.

It was a unique encounter in that it was almost the mirror opposite[38] of the epic 2012 Australian Open Final they contested where Djokovic was leading Nadal 2–1 sets and was 2 points away from victory in the 4th set only for Nadal to come back and win the 4th set in a tiebreaker and go up a break in the 5th set. In exactly the same fashion the player leading by a break in the 5th set committed a hauntingly uncharacteristic error (Nadal missed an easy backhand pass at 30–15, 4–2 in the fifth in Melbourne, while Djokovic ran into the net after hitting a what would have been a clean winner at 4–3 in the fifth in Paris) only to spark a momentum shift for their opponent to break back and ultimately win the match – Djokovic broke back to win the Australian Open 2012 Final 7–5, while Nadal broke back to win the French Open 2013 Semi-Final 9–7. Nadal suggested that it was almost "poetic justice" that he won this match after losing their brutally epic encounter in Australia.[39]

This was only the second time Nadal had been pushed to five sets at the French Open in 9 years (The first being against John Isner in the 1st round of the 2011 French Open) and he remains unbeaten in 5-set encounters on clay.

Djokovic and Nadal met again at the Montreal Masters 1000 semifinals, with Nadal prevailing in three sets. Nadal would then go on to win the Rogers Cup, marking his 25th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. The US Open final saw a third Nadal-Djokovic matchup, which Nadal took in four sets. While not of the highest quality, the match showed Nadal's fighting spirit, as he clawed down from 0–2 at a set apiece, and from 4–4, 0–40 on his own serve. He would take the title to beat Djokovic for the sixth time out of seven meetings.

The two tennis players faced again in the China Open final with Djokovic winning in straight sets; however, by reaching the final, Nadal took the world #1 ranking away from Djokovic. They met again in the finals of the ATP World Tour Finals, where Djokovic again won in straight sets, winning his third year-end championship, and denying Nadal his first. Nadal finished 2013 as world #1, with Djokovic as world #2, having won 24 consecutive matches after losing the US Open final to Nadal. Their domination in 2013 was also apparent in the year end rankings: together, they amassed 25,290 points, more than the numbers 3 to 7 combined.

2014[edit]

In 2014, the pair have met three times to date. The first two times Djokovic won, with the first being in Miami, where Djokovic defeated Nadal in straight sets, and the second in Rome in 3 sets. Nadal defeated Djokovic in four sets in the final of the French Open at Roland Garros.

Famous matches[edit]

2009 Madrid Masters Semifinal

With Nadal widely regarded as invincible on clay courts by many in the tennis world,[40][41] Djokovic emerged as one of the few who could test his dominance on it, and the closest Nadal came to losing for the first time in this tournament came in 2009. It was the longest Masters match and semi final in Open Era history. Djokovic took the first set 6–3. But Nadal remained resilient, eventually ending up winning in three sets in what he called one of his greatest wins in his career.

2010 US Open Final

Nadal needed this title to complete his Golden Career Slam, creating much hype before the tournament. Even more so when he would have to face Djokovic who had an excellent record on this surface. Nadal had perfected his serve to the point where it became his most dangerous weapon. He ended up winning the match and becoming the third man in the Open Era (after Andre Agassi and Roger Federer) to complete a Career Grand Slam and the second man in the open era to complete a Career Golden Slam after Andre Agassi.

2012 Australian Open Final

This match was the third straight Djokovic vs Nadal grand slam final. It was the longest grand slam final in history with Djokovic prevailing 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7, 7–5 in 5 hours 53 minutes. Both players were exhausted to the extent that chairs had to be brought out during presentation. The momentum switched several times throughout the match, at one stage Djokovic being only two points from winning the fourth set and thus the championship. However, Nadal managed to force a deciding set. He went up a break in the fifth set, but the turning point was when he missed a backhand winner at the net at 4–2 30–15, and lost his chance to consolidate his break. Tennis legends Mats Wilander, Björn Borg, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, and Stefan Edberg have all responded saying this was the greatest match of all time. The amount of social media chatter on Facebook and Twitter on the match was never seen before in tennis. Many congratulated both players for playing the greatest match ever witnessed, and news media also commented on the insurmountable quality of the match itself. This is considered to be the greatest match ever played, surpassing the 2008 Wimbledon final between Nadal and Federer.

2013 French Open Semifinal

Björn Borg dubbed it the greatest clay court match ever. John McEnroe called it one of the top 5 matches of all time. Both gladiators produced incredible tennis in what was a mirror image of the 2012 Australian Open Final. Djokovic hit the net on a winner that would have put him up and close to the victory, and it was ruled a point in Nadal's favor. Nadal called it the greatest win in his career, and Djokovic called it the greatest loss in his career.

Analysis[edit]

Djokovic and Nadal have played 42 times to date; Nadal leads 23–19. In Grand Slams, Nadal leads 9–3, in Grand Slams finals Nadal leads 4–3. In best-of-five matches, Nadal leads 10–3. In finals, Djokovic leads 12–10.

Commentators Dick Enberg, John McEnroe, and Mary Carillo have said that this rivalry has the potential of being the greatest rivalry in tennis history due to the number of matches already played between the two, the quality of the matches, and the age difference of only one year.[42]

Djokovic is the player with most career wins against Nadal. Nadal is also the player with most career wins against Djokovic. Djokovic is the only player to have defeated Nadal in 4 clay court finals. Many experts[who?] conclude that Djokovic is the only challenge to Nadal on clay, seeing as how Federer has only recorded 2 match wins against Nadal on clay throughout his career and Robin Soderling is no longer an active player. Both play a similar style of tennis but have differences that make their matches competitive and unique.

The rivalry has seen dominance shift back and forth, with Nadal dominant early on, followed by Djokovic beating Nadal seven times in a row, then Nadal winning six out of seven, and Djokovic winning four straight matches prior to Nadal's win in the 2014 French Open final.

Many pundits have claimed this to be the greatest rivalry of the Open Era given the amount of records it has produced, the quality of their matches, it has the most encounters in history, and the amount of classic matches it has produced that are unrivaled by any other. In 2009, it was rated the 3rd best rivalry of the last decade even though it only began in 2006.

Head-to-head tallies[edit]

Results on each court surface[edit]

Hard Court (o) Clay Grass Hard Court (i) Total
Djokovic Nadal Djokovic Nadal Djokovic Nadal Djokovic Nadal Djokovic Nadal
Australian Open 1 0 1 0
Roland Garros 0 6 0 6
Wimbledon 1 1 1 1
US Open 1 2 1 2
Indian Wells 2 1 2 1
Miami 3 0 3 0
Monte Carlo 1 2 1 2
Rome 2 3 2 3
Hamburg /Madrid 1 2 1 2
Canada 1 1 1 1
Cincinnati 2 0 2 0
Paris 1 0 1 0
China Open 1 0 1 0
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals
2 2 2 2
Queen's Club 0 1 0 1
Davis Cup 0 1 0 1
Summer Olympics 0 1 0 1
Total 11 5 4 14 1 2 3 2 19 23

List of all matches[edit]

ATP, Davis Cup, and Grand Slam tournament main draw results included.[2]

Legend (2004–2008) Legend (2009–present) Djokovic Nadal
Grand Slam Grand Slam 3 9
Tennis Masters Cup ATP World Tour Finals 2 2
ATP Masters Series ATP World Tour Masters 1000 13 9
ATP International Series Gold ATP World Tour 500 Series 1 0
ATP International Series ATP World Tour 250 Series 0 1
Davis Cup Davis Cup 0 1
Olympics Olympics 0 1
Total 19 23

Djokovic—Nadal (19–23)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score Length (H:MM) Djokovic Nadal
1. 2006 Roland Garros Clay Quarterfinal Nadal 6–4, 6–4, RET 1:54 0 1
2. 2007 Indian Wells Hard Final Nadal 6–2, 7–5 1:34 0 2
3. 2007 Miami Hard Quarterfinal Djokovic 6–3, 6–4 1:37 1 2
4. 2007 Rome Clay Quarterfinal Nadal 6–2, 6–3 1:41 1 3
5. 2007 Roland Garros Clay Semi-final Nadal 7–5, 6–4, 6–2 1:28 1 4
6. 2007 Wimbledon Grass Semi-final Nadal 3–6, 6–1, 4–1 RET 1:41 1 5
7. 2007 Canada Hard Semi-final Djokovic 7–5, 6–3 1:51 2 5
8. 2007 Tennis Masters Cup Hard (i) Round Robin Nadal 6–4, 6–4 1:44 2 6
9. 2008 Indian Wells Hard Semi-final Djokovic 6–3, 6–2 1:28 3 6
10. 2008 Hamburg Clay Semi-final Nadal 7–5, 2–6, 6–2 3:03 3 7
11. 2008 Roland Garros Clay Semi-final Nadal 6–4, 6–2, 7–6(7–3) 2:49 3 8
12. 2008 Queen's Club Grass Final Nadal 7–6(8–6), 7–5 2:16 3 9
13. 2008 Cincinnati Hard Semi-final Djokovic 6–1, 7–5 1:26 4 9
14. 2008 Summer Olympics Hard Semi-final Nadal 6–4, 1–6, 6–4 2:10 4 10
15. 2009 Davis Cup Clay First Round Nadal 6–4, 6–4, 6–1 2:28 4 11
16. 2009 Monte Carlo Clay Final Nadal 6–3, 2–6, 6–1 2:43 4 12
17. 2009 Rome Clay Final Nadal 7–6(7–2), 6–2 2:03 4 13
18. 2009 Madrid Clay Semi-final Nadal 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(11–9) 4:03 4 14
19. 2009 Cincinnati Hard Semi-final Djokovic 6–1, 6–4 1:32 5 14
20. 2009 Paris Hard (i) Semi-final Djokovic 6–2, 6–3 1:17 6 14
21. 2009 ATP World Tour Finals Hard (i) Round Robin Djokovic 7–6(7–5), 6–3 1:58 7 14
22. 2010 US Open Hard Final Nadal 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–2 3:43 7 15
23. 2010 ATP World Tour Finals Hard (i) Round Robin Nadal 7–5, 6–2 1:52 7 16
24. 2011 Indian Wells Hard Final Djokovic 4–6, 6–3, 6–2 2:25 8 16
25. 2011 Miami Hard Final Djokovic 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4) 3:21 9 16
26. 2011 Madrid Clay Final Djokovic 7–5, 6–4 2:17 10 16
27. 2011 Rome Clay Final Djokovic 6–4, 6–4 2:12 11 16
28. 2011 Wimbledon Grass Final Djokovic 6–4, 6–1, 1–6, 6–3 2:28 12 16
29. 2011 US Open Hard Final Djokovic 6–2, 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 6–1 4:10 13 16
30. 2012 Australian Open Hard Final Djokovic 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5 5:53 14 16
31. 2012 Monte Carlo Clay Final Nadal 6–3, 6–1 1:18 14 17
32. 2012 Rome Clay Final Nadal 7–5, 6–3 2:20 14 18
33. 2012 Roland Garros Clay Final Nadal 6–4, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5 3:49 14 19
34. 2013 Monte Carlo Clay Final Djokovic 6–2, 7–6(7–1) 1:52 15 19
35. 2013 Roland Garros Clay Semi-final Nadal 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 6–7(3–7), 9–7 4:37 15 20
36. 2013 Canada Hard Semi-final Nadal 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–2) 2:28 15 21
37. 2013 US Open Hard Final Nadal 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1 3:21 15 22
38. 2013 Beijing Hard Final Djokovic 6–3, 6–4 1:27 16 22
39. 2013 ATP World Tour Finals Hard (i) Final Djokovic 6–3, 6–4 1:36 17 22
40. 2014 Miami Hard Final Djokovic 6–3, 6–3 1:23 18 22
41. 2014 Rome Clay Final Djokovic 4–6, 6–3, 6–3 2:19 19 22
42. 2014 Roland Garros Clay Final Nadal 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–4 3:31 19 23

Records[edit]

  • Most matches played in the Open Era (42)
  • Most finals played against each other in the Open Era (22)
  • Most matches played at Grand Slams (12, tied with the Djokovic–Federer rivalry)
  • Most matches played against each other in Masters 1000 (22)
  • Most finals played against each other in Masters 1000 (12)
  • Holders of all Masters 1000 titles simultaneously between them
  • Most consecutive defeats of the world number 1 in a season by the same player (No2/No3 Djokovic def No1 Nadal 5 times in 2011)
  • Most viewed men's tennis match (2012 Australian Open final)
  • Most viewed men's Grand Slam final (2012 Australian Open final)
  • Longest Grand Slam final in Open Era history (at the 2012 Australian Open final)
  • Longest match in Australian Open history (2012 Australian Open final)
  • Longest Australian Open final (2012 Australian Open final)
  • Longest ATP three-set match of the Open Era with tiebreak in last set (at the 2009 Madrid Masters)
  • Longest ATP Masters 1000 three-set match of the Open Era (at the 2009 Madrid Masters)
  • Longest Madrid Masters match (2009 Madrid Masters semifinal)
  • Latest finish for an uninterrupted Grand Slam match (2012 Australian Open Final)
  • Latest finish for an uninterrupted Grand Slam final (2012 Australian Open)
  • Only male pair in Open Era history to have met in each of the four Grand Slam finals
  • Only male pair in Open Era history to have met in four Grand Slam finals in a row
  • Most consecutive seasons with Grand Slam final (5)
  • Most matches played against each other at any single Grand Slam event (6)
  • Most matches played against each other at the French Open (6)
  • Most different ATP Masters Series tournaments played (9/10) (played in Hamburg but missing Shanghai)
  • Doubles team made up of singles No1 and No2 (shared with Connors-Ashe)

Exhibition matches[edit]

In Bogota on March 21, 2011, Nadal beat Djokovic in their first exhibition match and the highest caliber match ever played in Colombia.[43] A second exhibition, with proceeds to benefit a foundation run by Nadal and the soccer team Real Madrid, was scheduled for July 14, 2012 in Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu Stadium,[44] but cancelled because of injury to Nadal.[45]

Djokovic—Nadal (1–2)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score Djokovic Nadal
1. 2011 Bogotá Hard Exhibition Nadal 7–6(7–5), 6–3 0 1
2. 2013 Santiago de Chile Hard Exhibition Djokovic 7–6(7–3), 6–4[46][47] 1 1
3. 2013 Buenos Aires Hard Exhibition Nadal 6–4, 7–5[48] 1 2

Career evolution[edit]

  • () = active record (updated 27 November 2014)
Age (end of season) 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Serbia Djokovic's season 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Spain Nadal's season 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Grand Slam titles Djokovic 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 5 6 7
Nadal 0 1 2 3 5 6 9 10 11 13 14
Grand Slam match wins Djokovic 5 14 33 51 66 85 110 134 158 180
Nadal 6 19 36 56 80 95 120 143 157 171 187
Total titles Djokovic 0 2 7 11 16 18 28 34 41 (48)
Nadal 1 12 17 23 31 36 43 46 50 60 64
Total match wins Djokovic 13 53 121 185 263 324 394 469 543 (604)
Nadal 45 124 183 253 335 401 472 541 583 658 706
Ranking Djokovic 78 16 3 3 3 3 1 1 2 (1)
Nadal 51 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 4 1 3
Weeks at number 1 Djokovic 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 62 101 (122)
Nadal 0 0 0 0 19 46 76 102 102 115 141

Performance timeline comparison (Grand Slam tournaments)[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

  • Bold = players met during this tournament

2005–2010[edit]

Player 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA
Serbia Novak Djokovic 1R 2R 3R 3R 1R QF 4R 3R 4R SF SF F W SF 2R SF QF 3R QF SF QF QF SF F
Spain Rafael Nadal 4R W 2R 3R A W F QF QF W F 4R SF W W SF W 4R A SF QF W W W

2011–2014[edit]

Player 2011 2012 2013 2014
AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA AUS FRA WIM USA
Serbia Novak Djokovic W SF W W W F SF F W SF F F QF F W SF
Spain Rafael Nadal QF W F F F W 2R A A W 1R W F W 4R A

Djokovic–Nadal Grand Slam Era[edit]

Year Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
2005 Russia Marat Safin Spain Rafael Nadal Switzerland Roger Federer Switzerland Roger Federer
2006 Switzerland Roger Federer Spain Rafael Nadal Switzerland Roger Federer Switzerland Roger Federer
2007 Switzerland Roger Federer Spain Rafael Nadal Switzerland Roger Federer Switzerland Roger Federer
2008 Serbia Novak Djokovic Spain Rafael Nadal Spain Rafael Nadal Switzerland Roger Federer
2009 Spain Rafael Nadal Switzerland Roger Federer Switzerland Roger Federer Argentina Juan Martín del Potro
2010 Switzerland Roger Federer Spain Rafael Nadal Spain Rafael Nadal Spain Rafael Nadal
2011 Serbia Novak Djokovic Spain Rafael Nadal Serbia Novak Djokovic Serbia Novak Djokovic
2012 Serbia Novak Djokovic Spain Rafael Nadal Switzerland Roger Federer United Kingdom Andy Murray
2013 Serbia Novak Djokovic Spain Rafael Nadal United Kingdom Andy Murray Spain Rafael Nadal
2014 Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka Spain Rafael Nadal Serbia Novak Djokovic Croatia Marin Čilić

Combined singles performance timeline (best result)[edit]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 3R 4R 1R QF W W QF W W W F 5 / 11
French Open A A W W W W 4R W W W W W 9 / 10
Wimbledon 3R 2R 3R F F W QF W W SF F W 4 / 12
US Open 2R 2R 3R QF F SF SF W W F W SF 3 / 12

See also[edit]

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