List of tennis rivalries

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In tennis history there have been a number of famous rivalries. This is a list of some of the greatest rivalries.[1][2][3][4]
For the purpose of this article only, the criteria for inclusion are (all must be met):

  • Both players must have a career high ranking of world No. 3 or better, and one of them must have reached No. 1.
  • The players must have met multiple times in semi-finals or finals of a Grand Slam (in pre-Open era also, Pro Slam counts).
  • They must have at least a total of 12 career meetings in main tour matches.

Men[edit]

Active rivalries are highlighted

Pre-Open Era[edit]

Rivalry Period Meetings Grand Slam Pro Slam All Matches
Gonzales–Rosewall 1957–1970 182 0–0 2–3 107–75
Laver–Rosewall 1963–1976 142 1–1 4–6 80–63
Gonzales-Kramer 1949–1954 139 0–0 1–0 38-101
Emerson–Laver 1958–1975 67 2–7 0–0 18–49
Gonzales–Segura 1951–1965 61 0–0 8–3 38–23
Gonzales–Laver 1964–1970 59 0–1 0–2 21–38
Hoad–Rosewall 1953–1967 ? 2–2 0–5 ?

Open Era[edit]

Rivalry Period All Grand Slam Grand Slam finals All finals
Meetings Matches Meetings Matches Meetings Matches Meetings Matches
Djokovic–Nadal 2006– 42 19–23 12 3–9 7 3–4 22 12–10
Lendl–McEnroe ** 1980–1992 37 21–15 10 7–3 3 2–1 18 7–10
Djokovic–Federer 2006– 37* 17–19 12 6–6 2 1–1 11 6–4*
Connors–Lendl 1979–1992 36* 13–22 7 3–4 2 2–0 7 4–2*
Becker–Edberg 1984–1996 35 25–10 4 1–3 3 1–2 16 11–5
Connors–McEnroe 1977–1991 35* 14–20 9 3–6 2 1–1 15 7–7*
Agassi–Sampras 1989–2002 34 14–20 9 3–6 5 1–4 16 7–9
Federer–Nadal 2004– 33 10–23 11 2–9 8 2–6 20 6–14
FerrerNadal 2004– 28 6–22 6 2–4 1 0–1 8 0–8
Edberg–Lendl 1984–1992 27 14–13 9 5–4 1 0–1 7 3–4
FedererHewitt 1999– 27 18–9 8 8–0 1 1–0 5 3–2
Federer–Roddick 2001–2012 24 21–3 8 8–0 4 4–0 7 7–0
Borg–Connors 1973–1981 23 15–8 8 5–3 4 2–2 13 8–5
Federer–Murray 2005– 23 12–11 5 4–1 3 3–0 8 5–3
Djokovic–Murray 2006– 23 15–8 6 4–2 4 2–2 9 4–5
BorgVilas 1973–1980 23* 17–5 3 3–0 2 2–0 10 8–1*
Lendl–Wilander 1982–1994 22 15–7 9 5–4 5 2–3 9 6–3
AgassiChang 1988–2003 22 15–7 5 3–2 0 0 4 3–1
BeckerLendl 1985–1993 22* 10–11 6 5–1 3 3–0 13 7–6
ConnorsGerulaitis 1974–1985 21 15–6 3 2–1 0 0 4 3–1
ChangEdberg 1988–1996 21 9–12 5 1–4 1 1–0 4 3–1
DavydenkoFederer 2002–2013 21 2–19 6 0–6 0 0 2 0–2
Murray–Nadal 2007– 21* 5–15 9 2–7 0 0 3 2–1
EdbergWilander 1983–1995 20 9–11 5 2–3 1 1–0 5 3–2
CourierSampras 1988–1999 20 4–16 8 2–6 1 0–1 4 0–4
ChangSampras 1989–2001 20 8–12 5 1–4 1 0–1 3 0–3
BeckerIvanišević 1990–1998 20* 10–9 3 1–2 0 0 3 3–0
BeckerSampras 1990–1997 19 7–12 3 0–3 1 0–1 7 1–6
IvaniševićSampras 1990–1999 19* 6–12 5 1–4 2 0–2 4 1–3
DjokovicFerrer 2004– 17 12–5 5 5–0 0 0 3 3–0
BorgGerulaitis 1974–1981 17* 16–0 5 5–0 1 1–0 7 7–0
RafterSampras 1993–2001 16 4–12 3 1–2 1 0–1 5 1–4
BorgNăstase 1972–1980 16* 10–5 3 3–0 1 1–0 5 2–3
AsheLaver 1959–1976 15 2–13 4 0–4 0 0 2 0–2
NewcombeRosewall 1970–1974 15 8–7 6 3–3 1 1–0 4 3–1
AgassiRafter 1993–2001 15 10–5 7 4–3 0 0 0 0
LaverRoche 1968–1972 14 9–5 3 3–0 2 2–0 9 5–4
ConnorsOrantes 1972–1979 14 11–3 3 2–1 1 0–1 2 0–2
Borg–McEnroe 1978–1981 14 7–7 4 1–3 4 1–3 9 4–5
GerulaitisMcEnroe 1979–1984 14 3–11 2 0–2 1 0–1 5 1–4
AgassiBecker 1988–1999 14 10–4 5 4–1 0 0 1 1–0
EdbergSampras 1990–1995 14 6–8 2 2–0 1 1–0 1 1–0
McEnroeWilander 1982–1989 13 7–6 5 2–3 0 0 3 1–2
AgassiCourier 1989–1996 12 5–7 6 2–4 1 0–1 2 0–2
CourierStich 1990–1997 12 5–7 4 2–2 0 0 0 0
AgassiKafelnikov 1994–2003 12 8–4 5 4–1 1 1–0 2 2–0
FedererSafin 2001–2009 12 10–2 5 4–1 1 1–0 3 3–0

* – Including walkover or abandoned match (not counted in H2H, same as in the official ATP H2H)
** – Lendl and McEnroe have played two other "finals" (World Team Cup 1984 and 1985), but these ones are team finals, both matches are counted in their overall H2H. That finals (and overall meetings) count includes an unfinished final at Stratton mountain in 1987 (not counted in the H2H).

Source: ATP [5]

Women[edit]

Active rivalries are highlighted

Pre-Open Era[edit]

Rivalry Period Meetings Grand Slam All Matches
Brough ClappduPont 1942–1956 40 3–1 25–15
CourtKing 1962–1973 32 6–4 22–10
BingleyCooper 1893–1901 ≈ 26 4–1 19–6–1[6][7]
CourtBueno 1960–1969 24 5–3 17–6
WillsJacobs 1925–1938 12 7–1 11–1

≈ (approximately – early records are incomplete)

Open Era[edit]

Rivalry Period Meetings Grand Slam All Matches
Evert–Navratilova 1973–1988 80 8–14 37–43
EvertWade 1971–1982 46 2–1 40–6
NavratilovaShriver 1978–1992 43 7–2 40–3
GoolagongWade 1970–1983 40 5–1 30–10
GrafZvereva 1988–1999 21 4–1 20-1
Graf–Sabatini 1985–1995 40 11–1 29–11
EvertGoolagong 1972–1983 39 6–4 26–13
MandlikovaNavratilova 1980–1989 36 4–6 7–29
GrafSánchez-Vicario 1988–1996 36 9–4 28–8
GrafFernandez 1986–1999 17 7-0 17-0
NavratilovaTurnbull 1973–1988 34 2–2 29–5
AustinNavratilova 1977–1983 33 2–2 13–20
GrafNovotná 1987–1999 33 10–1 29–4
KingWade 1968–1981 31 5–1 22–9
GoolagongNavratilova 1973–1982 27 2–2 12–15
DavenportV. Williams 1997–2005 27 4–5 14–13
EvertKing 1971–1983 26 6–3 19–7
Evert–Mandlikova 1980–1989 26 10–3 19–7
DavenportHingis 1995–2006 25 3–1 14–11
S. Williams–V. Williams 1998– 25 7–5 14–11
Clijsters–Henin 1998–2010 25 3–5 13–12
SabatiniSánchez-Vicario 1986–1995 23 2–3 12–11
Sánchez-VicarioSeles 1989–2002 23 1–4 3–20
EvertTurnbull 1976–1987 22 6–0 21–1
EvertShriver 1978–1988 21 2–0 18–3
NavratilovaSabatini 1986–1994 21 4–0 16–5
NovotnáSánchez-Vicario 1987–1998 21 2–3 11–10
MartínezSeles 1989–2002 21 0–4 1–20
Hingis–V. Williams 1997–2006 21 4–2 11–10
EvertJaeger 1980–1984 20 4–1 17–3
HingisSeles 1996–2002 20 5–2 15–5
HeninKuznetsova 2003–2011 19 5–1 16–3
Graf–Navratilova 1985–1994 18 4–5 9–9
MartínezSánchez-Vicario 1992–2002 18 1–2 4–14
SharapovaS. Williams 2004– 18 1–4 2–16
AustinEvert 1977–1982 17 1–3 8–9
NavratilovaSeles 1989–1993 17 0–2 7–10
ClijstersDavenport 2000–2005 17 1–5 9–8
AzarenkaS. Williams 2008– 17 0–8 3–14
DavenportMauresmo 1998–2006 16 1–1 12–4
HingisPierce 1994–2000 16 3–1 10–6
GoolagongKing 1971–1980 15 1–5 4–11
JaegerNavratilova 1980–1983 15 0–2 4–11
Graf–Seles 1989–1999 15 6–4 10–5
LiSharapova 2005–2014 15 2–3 5–10
SabatiniSeles 1988–1996 14 0–3 3–11
GrafMartínez 1989–1996 14 6–0 13–1
CapriatiSeles 1990–2002 14 1–5 5–9
HingisMartínez 1995–2001 14 2–0 11–3
DavenportS. Williams 1997–2005 14 1–4 4–10
HeninMauresmo 1999–2007 14 0–3 8–6
KuznetsovaSafina 2000–2009 14 2–1 6–8
Henin–S. Williams 2001–2010 14 4–3 6–8
EvertCourt[a] 1970–1977 13 1–2 9–4
EvertGraf 1985–1989 13 1–2 6–7
Hingis–S. Williams 1998–2002 13 1–2 6–7
ClijstersV. Williams 2001–2011 13 3–2 7–6
IvanovicSharapova 2006– 13 1–1 4–9
AzarenkaSharapova 2007– 13 2–1 7–6
GrafShriver 1985–1993 12 5–1 9–3
HingisNovotná 1995–1999 12 3–1 9–3
CapriatiDavenport 1997–2003 12 1–3 3–9
MauresmoS. Williams 1999–2008 12 1–5 2–10
DementievaS. Williams 2003–2010 12 0–3 5–7
LiS. Williams 2006–2014 12 0–4 1–11
Source: WTA[18]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Evert – Court head-to-head: 1970:,[8] 1972:,[9][10] 1973:,[11] 1975:[12][13][14] 1977[15][16][17]

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