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 the most prolific of the Open Era in terms of matches played (49), with Djokovic leading 26–23.[1][2][3] 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. The first half of the rivalry was dominated by Nadal (who led 16–7 after the 2010 season) while the second half has been dominated by Djokovic, winning 11 out the last 12 matches. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest rivalries in tennis history. It was the first rivalry to involve meetings at all 4 Grand Slam finals (including four consecutive Grand Slam finals) and a record 24 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.[4] The Djokovic–Nadal rivalry was listed as the third greatest rivalry in the last decade in 2009 by ATPworldtour.com despite its only starting in 2006.[5]

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, the only duo to ever achieve such a feat in the open era.[6]

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 considered to be one of the greatest rivalries ever by players, coaches, and pundits.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

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[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

The final encounter between the two during the year was in the round robin phase Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai.[15]

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.[16]

Nadal defeated Djokovic in the semis of the Hamburg Masters.[17] 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.[18]

In their fifth encounter of the year at the Cincinnati Masters, Djokovic defeated Nadal in the semis.[19]

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.[20] 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.[21]

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.[22] 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).[23] 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.[24] Djokovic then won his first Masters 1000 title of the year, crushing Nadal in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Paris.[25] 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.[26]

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.[27]

Their second encounter came during the Round Robin stage of the ATP World Tour finals, where Nadal beat Djokovic in two sets.[28]

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.[29]

Two weeks later, the pair met again in the finals of the Miami Masters with Djokovic winning two sets to one.[30]

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.[31] He managed the same feat at the Rome Masters, defeating Nadal in straight sets.[32]

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.[33]

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.[34]

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.[35]

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.[36]

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.[37] Nadal failed to win his 9th title after Djokovic defeated him in straight sets.[38]

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[39] 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.[40]

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 met three times, with Djokovic winning the first two encounters, and Nadal winning the last one. Djokovic started off by beating Nadal in the final of the Sony Ericsson open in straight sets, and then supplanted that victory with a three-set victory over Nadal in Rome. In the process he acquired a 4-match winning streak against the Spaniard, and also the first player to have amassed 4 clay-court wins over Nadal. Their final meeting of the year came at the French open, where Nadal went on to win the match after dropping the opening set to Djokovic.

2015[edit]

In 2015, the pair contested four matches with Djokovic winning all four. They met at the semi-final stage of the Monte Carlo Masters Series event. The match was competitive in parts with Nadal producing, by his own assessment, his best performance yet of the season. However, a very in-form Djokovic prevailed. They faced each other at the quarterfinal stage of the French Open where Djokovic beat Nadal in straight sets. It was Djokovic's first victory against the Spaniard in seven meetings at the tournament, Djokovic also broke the record for most sets won against Nadal at the French Open (7), became the only man to ever beat Nadal at all four of the Grand Slam tournaments, became the first man to beat Nadal in straight sets in a best of five format match on clay, and also the only man to beat Nadal on clay 6 times. This was also only the second time that Nadal has been defeated at the French Open, after losing to Robin Soderling in the 2009 edition of the tournament. Nadal is now 70–2 at the French Open, and a 92–2 record for best-of-five set matches on clay.[41] Nadal played Djokovic in the Beijing final, where he was comprehensively beaten by the Serb. They met again in the semifinal of ATP World Tour Finals in London which Djokovic won in two sets and leveled his head-to head with Nadal for the first time at 23–23.

2016[edit]

In 2016, the pair has met three times with all three matches going to Djokovic. In the Doha final Djokovic won in a convincing straight set victory bringing him into the head-to-head lead for the first time. Djokovic won again the semifinal at Indian Wells[42] and at the quarterfinal stage of the Rome Masters putting the rivalry at 26-23 in Djokovic's favour with a 7 match winning streak against Nadal.

Famous matches[edit]

2009 Madrid Masters Semifinal

With Nadal widely regarded as invincible on clay courts by many in the tennis world,[43][44] 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 May 2009. It was the longest Masters match and semi final in Open Era history. Djokovic, ranked No. 4 in the world, took the first set 6–3. But the world No. 1 Nadal remained resilient, saving three match points and eventually ending up winning in three sets after four hours and two minutes[45] 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.[citation needed] 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.

2011 Wimbledon Final

The 2011 Wimbledon final would put the world No. 1 ranked and defending champion Nadal against the No. 2 ranked Djokovic who was looking for his first Wimbledon title. Nadal, on a 20-match winning streak at the All England Club, was favored by many to win despite Djokovic coming into the match with four finals victories over Nadal during year. However, with a four set victory, Djokovic became the first Serbian man to win Wimbledon and for the first time overtook Nadal for the No. 1 ranking.[46]

2011 US Open Final

The 2011 US Open final had Nadal as the defending champion after defeating Djokovic the prior year but with Djokovic having defeated Nadal in five finals including a victory over Nadal at Wimbledon finals earlier in the year, expectations were high on Djokovic to win his first US Open title. In a match lasting 4 hours and 10 minutes, Djokovic defeated Nadal for a sixth consecutive finals victory over Nadal. With the win, Djokovic became the sixth man in the open era to win three of the four majors in the same year.[47]

2012 Australian Open Final

This match was the third straight Djokovic vs Nadal major final. It was the longest Major final in history with Djokovic prevailing 7–5 in the fifth set in 5 hours 53 minutes.[citation needed] Both players were exhausted to the extent that chairs had to be brought out during presentation.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] The amount of social media chatter on Facebook and Twitter on the match was never seen before in tennis.[citation needed] Many congratulated both players for playing the greatest match ever witnessed, and news media also commented on the insurmountable quality of the match itself. With the win, Djokovic brought his win streak against Nadal to seven, all of which were in finals and 3 being grand slam finals.

2012 French Open Final

This match was the fourth straight Djokovic vs Nadal major final. Rafael Nadal won the first set 6–4, Nadal gaining a break of serve after a long attritional battle. There were several delays due to the erratic rain, but none lasting more than an hour. With Nadal leading by two sets to one, and Djokovic leading 2–1 and serving (up a break) in the fourth set, the match was suspended due to rain;[48] it was initially thought that Djokovic had gained the momentum, having won eight games in a row prior to the suspension of the match, however, Nadal was able to regroup and take the fourth set, and ultimately the match, after Djokovic double-faulted on championship point down.

2013 French Open Semifinal

Björn Borg dubbed it the greatest clay court match ever.[citation needed] John McEnroe called it one of the top 5 matches of all time.[citation needed] Both players produced incredible tennis in what was a mirror image of the 2012 Australian Open Final. The match had momentum swings throughout the entire affair but the most important occurred late in the fifth set when Djokovic, up a break, touched the net on a winner that would have put him in position to serve for the match, losing the point. He never recovered mentally from this mistake and Nadal saved the break and immediately broke back, eventually winning the final set.

2015 French Open Quarterfinal

Djokovic defeated Nadal ending a 39 match winning streak at the tournament in straight sets. After a highly competitive first set, Nadal's level declined in the second and third allowing Djokovic to finally get the better of him at the tournament he had dominated for the last ten years. It was the second time Nadal lost in the French Open and the only time he lost in straight sets at the event. Djokovic eventually lost in the final to Stan Wawrinka.

Analysis[edit]

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.[49]

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, the only player to defeat Nadal at the French Open in straight sets, and the only player to defeat Nadal in 7 consecutive finals. Both play a similar style of tennis but have differences that make their matches competitive and unique. Djokovic is the only player to defeat Nadal in three consecutive grand slam finals and the only player to defeat Nadal in all four grand slams (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open). Consequently, Nadal is the only player to defeat Djokovic in two hard court slam finals (US Open 2010 and US Open 2013).

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 and now Djokovic winning seven matches consecutively in 2015 and 2016 .

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.

Comparison of Grand Slam tournament titles[edit]

As of 2016, Novak Djokovic has won 12 Grand Slam tournament titles for third place the open era and has won the the career grand slam by winning all four majors at least once. In the 2015 - 2016 tennis season, Djokovic also won 4 consecutive Grand Slam titles, a feat not achieved since 1969. In addition, Djokovic is the only player to hold all four Grand Slam titles at once on three different surfaces. Djokovic's Grand Slam tournament titles includes 8 on hard courts, 3 on grass, and 1 on clay. Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam tournament titles and is second on the all time list tied with Pete Sampras and in total has 9 on clay, 3 on hard courts, and 2 on grass. Both also won the career grand slam and Nadal is the youngest player in the Open Era to achieve this feat, aged 24. This is the second rivalry after Federer-Nadal where two players have won at least ten majors.

Tournament Djokovic Nadal
Australian Open 6 1
French Open 1 9
Wimbledon Championships 3 2
US Open 2 2
Total Count 12 14

Comparison of Year–End Championships[edit]

As of 2016, Novak Djokovic has won five Year–End Championships while Nadal has not won the event but has made the finals twice, in 2010 and 2013. Djokovic holds a 3–2 lead over Nadal at the event and won their lone meeting in the championship finals 6–3, 6–4 in 2013.

Tournament Djokovic Nadal
Tennis Masters Cup 1 0
ATP World Tour Finals 4 0
Total Count 5 0

Comparison of Masters 1000 titles[edit]

As of 2016, Djokovic has the all-time record for the most Masters 1000 titles with 29. Novak Djokovic has won 21 on hard courts and 8 on clay. Nadal won 20 on clay and 8 on hard courts. Djokovic is missing only Cincinnati while Nadal is missing three Masters 1000 titles (Miami, Paris, and Shanghai), having won the German Open Hamburg before it was downgraded to ATP 500 in 2009 and replaced by the Shanghai Masters.

Tournament Djokovic Nadal
Indian Wells masters 5 3
Miami Masters 6 0
Monte-Carlo Masters 2 9
Italian Open 4 7
German Open 0 1
Madrid Open (Clay) 2 3
Canadian Open 3 3
Cincinnati Masters 0 1
Madrid Open (Hard) 0 1
Shanghai Masters 3 0
Paris Masters 4 0
Total Count 29 28
  • Bold indicates outright record

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
French Open 1 6 1 6
Wimbledon 1 1 1 1
US Open 1 2 1 2
Indian Wells 3 1 3 1
Miami 3 0 3 0
Monte Carlo 2 2 2 2
Rome 3 3 3 3
Hamburg /Madrid 1 2 1 2
Canada 1 1 1 1
Cincinnati 2 0 2 0
Paris 1 0 1 0
China Open 2 0 2 0
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals
3 2 3 2
Queen's Club 0 1 0 1
Doha 1 0 1 0
Davis Cup 0 1 0 1
Summer Olympics 0 1 0 1
Total 14 5 7 14 1 2 4 2 26 23

List of all matches[edit]

ATP, Davis Cup, and Grand Slam tournament main draw results included.[3]

Legend (2004–2008) Legend (2009–present) Djokovic Nadal
Grand Slam Grand Slam 4 9
Tennis Masters Cup ATP World Tour Finals 3 2
ATP Masters Series ATP World Tour Masters 1000 16 9
ATP International Series Gold ATP World Tour 500 Series 2 0
ATP International Series ATP World Tour 250 Series 1 1
Davis Cup Davis Cup 0 1
Olympics Olympics 0 1
Total 26 23

Singles[edit]

Djokovic–Nadal (26–23)

No. Year Tournament Tournament Type Surface Round Winner Score Length (H:MM) Djokovic Nadal
1. 2006 Roland Garros Grand Slam Clay Quarterfinal Nadal 6–4, 6–4, RET 1:54 0 1
2. 2007 Indian Wells Masters 1000 Hard Final Nadal 6–2, 7–5 1:34 0 2
3. 2007 Miami Masters 1000 Hard Quarterfinal Djokovic 6–3, 6–4 1:37 1 2
4. 2007 Rome Masters 1000 Clay Quarterfinal Nadal 6–2, 6–3 1:41 1 3
5. 2007 Roland Garros Grand Slam Clay Semifinal Nadal 7–5, 6–4, 6–2 2:28 1 4
6. 2007 Wimbledon Grand Slam Grass Semifinal Nadal 3–6, 6–1, 4–1 RET 1:41 1 5
7. 2007 Canada Masters 1000 Hard Semifinal Djokovic 7–5, 6–3 1:51 2 5
8. 2007 Tennis Masters Cup YEC Hard (i) Round Robin Nadal 6–4, 6–4 1:44 2 6
9. 2008 Indian Wells Masters 1000 Hard Semifinal Djokovic 6–3, 6–2 1:28 3 6
10. 2008 Hamburg Masters 1000 Clay Semifinal Nadal 7–5, 2–6, 6–2 3:03 3 7
11. 2008 Roland Garros Grand Slam Clay Semifinal Nadal 6–4, 6–2, 7–6(7–3) 2:49 3 8
12. 2008 Queen's Club 500 Series Grass Final Nadal 7–6(8–6), 7–5 2:16 3 9
13. 2008 Cincinnati Masters 1000 Hard Semifinal Djokovic 6–1, 7–5 1:26 4 9
14. 2008 Summer Olympics Olympics Hard Semifinal Nadal 6–4, 1–6, 6–4 2:10 4 10
15. 2009 Davis Cup Davis Cup Clay First Round Nadal 6–4, 6–4, 6–1 2:28 4 11
16. 2009 Monte Carlo Masters 1000 Clay Final Nadal 6–3, 2–6, 6–1 2:43 4 12
17. 2009 Rome Masters 1000 Clay Final Nadal 7–6(7–2), 6–2 2:03 4 13
18. 2009 Madrid Masters 1000 Clay Semifinal Nadal 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(11–9) 4:03 4 14
19. 2009 Cincinnati Masters 1000 Hard Semifinal Djokovic 6–1, 6–4 1:32 5 14
20. 2009 Paris Masters 1000 Hard (i) Semifinal Djokovic 6–2, 6–3 1:17 6 14
21. 2009 ATP World Tour Finals YEC Hard (i) Round Robin Djokovic 7–6(7–5), 6–3 1:58 7 14
22. 2010 US Open Grand Slam Hard Final Nadal 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–2 3:43 7 15
23. 2010 ATP World Tour Finals YEC Hard (i) Round Robin Nadal 7–5, 6–2 1:52 7 16
24. 2011 Indian Wells Masters 1000 Hard Final Djokovic 4–6, 6–3, 6–2 2:25 8 16
25. 2011 Miami Masters 1000 Hard Final Djokovic 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4) 3:21 9 16
26. 2011 Madrid Masters 1000 Clay Final Djokovic 7–5, 6–4 2:17 10 16
27. 2011 Rome Masters 1000 Clay Final Djokovic 6–4, 6–4 2:12 11 16
28. 2011 Wimbledon Grand Slam Grass Final Djokovic 6–4, 6–1, 1–6, 6–3 2:28 12 16
29. 2011 US Open Grand Slam Hard Final Djokovic 6–2, 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 6–1 4:10 13 16
30. 2012 Australian Open Grand Slam Hard Final Djokovic 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5 5:53 14 16
31. 2012 Monte Carlo Masters 1000 Clay Final Nadal 6–3, 6–1 1:18 14 17
32. 2012 Rome Masters 1000 Clay Final Nadal 7–5, 6–3 2:20 14 18
33. 2012 Roland Garros Grand Slam Clay Final Nadal 6–4, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5 3:49 14 19
34. 2013 Monte Carlo Masters 1000 Clay Final Djokovic 6–2, 7–6(7–1) 1:52 15 19
35. 2013 Roland Garros Grand Slam Clay Semifinal Nadal 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 6–7(3–7), 9–7 4:37 15 20
36. 2013 Canada Masters 1000 Hard Semifinal Nadal 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–2) 2:28 15 21
37. 2013 US Open Grand Slam Hard Final Nadal 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1 3:21 15 22
38. 2013 Beijing 500 Series Hard Final Djokovic 6–3, 6–4 1:27 16 22
39. 2013 ATP World Tour Finals YEC Hard (i) Final Djokovic 6–3, 6–4 1:36 17 22
40. 2014 Miami Masters 1000 Hard Final Djokovic 6–3, 6–3 1:23 18 22
41. 2014 Rome Masters 1000 Clay Final Djokovic 4–6, 6–3, 6–3 2:19 19 22
42. 2014 Roland Garros Grand Slam Clay Final Nadal 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–4 3:31 19 23
43. 2015 Monte Carlo Masters 1000 Clay Semifinal Djokovic 6–3, 6–3 1:37 20 23
44. 2015 Roland Garros Grand Slam Clay Quarterfinal Djokovic 7–5, 6–3, 6–1 2:27 21 23
45. 2015 Beijing 500 Series Hard Final Djokovic 6–2, 6–2 1:30 22 23
46. 2015 ATP World Tour Finals YEC Hard (i) Semifinal Djokovic 6–3, 6–3 1:19 23 23
47. 2016 Doha 250 Series Hard Final Djokovic 6–1, 6–2 1:13 24 23
48. 2016 Indian Wells Masters 1000 Hard Semifinal Djokovic 7–6(7–5), 6–2 1:58 25 23
49. 2016 Rome Masters 1000 Clay Quarterfinal Djokovic 7–5, 7–6(7–4) 2:25 26 23

Doubles[edit]

Djokovic–Nadal (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score Opponents Djokovic Nadal
1. 2009 Canada Hard R32 Nadal / Roig 7–5, 6–4 Djokovic / Vemić 0 1
2. 2015 Doha Hard Semi-final Nadal / Mónaco 7–6(7–3), 6–1 Djokovic / Krajinović 0 2

Pairing Djokovic and Nadal[edit]

Historic Achievements[edit]

  • Djokovic and Nadal were the first duo to play 40 matches in the open era, they have played the most matches against one another in the Open Era (49).
  • They were the second of only two rivalries to have played in at least 20 finals in the open era. The first being the Nadal/Federer rivalry.
  • Djokovic and Nadal are the duo to play in the most finals against each other in the Open Era (24).
  • Most matches played against each other in Masters 1000 (25).
  • Most finals played against each other in Masters 1000 (12). They are the only two players to achieve this feat in the open era.
  • Both players have dominated the Rome Masters 1000 tournament from 2005–2015, winning a combined 11 consecutive titles titles between them. It is the longest dominated tournament in Masters 1000 history between two players. Nadal has won an open era record 7 titles and Djokovic has won 4 titles during this period.
  • From 2013 Monte-Carlo2014 Miami, Djokovic and Nadal are the only two players in the Open Era to simultaneously hold all nine Masters 1000 titles between them.
  • Most consecutive defeats of the world number 1 in a season by the same player (No2/No3 Djokovic defeated No1 Nadal 5 times in 2011). Djokovic is the only player to beat the world number 1 ranked player 5 consecutive times in a single season and the only player to defeat Nadal 7 times (all in the championship finals).
  • Most viewed men's tennis match (2012 Australian Open final)
  • Longest Grand Slam final in Open Era history (at the 2012 Australian Open final), at 5 hours and 53 minutes.
  • Longest match in Australian Open history (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 final (2012 Australian Open).
  • First male pair in Open Era history to have met in each of the four Grand Slam finals, later Djokovic and Murray achieved this too.
  • Only male pair in Open Era history to have met in four consecutive Grand Slam finals (2011 Wimbledon-2012 French Open).
  • Most consecutive seasons in the Open Era with Grand Slam final (5), from 2010–2014.
  • Most matches played against each other at any single Grand Slam event (7 matches played at the French Open)
  • Most matches played against each other at the French Open (7)
  • 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)
  • Djokovic and Nadal have the two highest number of Masters 1000 titles between them in the open era. Djokovic has won 29 Masters 1000 titles, which is the all-time record, and Nadal is second with 28 titles.
  • Djokovic and Nadal both hold the outright records in their best performed grand slam tournament. Nadal has the all-time record of 9 French Open titles and Djokovic has tied the all-time record of 6 Australian Open titles with Roy Emerson. Both players hold a 100% record in finals.

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.[50] 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,[51] but cancelled because of injury to Nadal.[52]

Djokovic—Nadal (2–2)[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[53][54] 1 1
3. 2013 Buenos Aires Hard Exhibition Nadal 6–4, 7–5[55] 1 2
4. 2015 Bangkok Hard Exhibition Djokovic 6–4, 6–2 2 2

Career evolution[edit]

  • () = active record (updated Monday, July 11, 2016)
Age (end of season) 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Serbia Djokovic's season 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Spain Nadal's season 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Grand Slam titles Djokovic 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 5 6 7 10 (12)
Nadal 0 1 2 3 5 6 9 10 11 13 14 14 (14)
Grand Slam match wins Djokovic 5 14 33 51 66 85 110 134 158 180 207 (223)
Nadal 6 19 36 56 80 95 120 143 157 171 187 198 (200)
Year-End Championships Djokovic 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 4 5 (5)
Nadal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0)
Masters 1000 titles Djokovic 0 0 2 4 5 5 10 13 16 20 26 (29)
Nadal 0 4 6 9 12 15 18 19 21 26 27 27 (28)
Total titles Djokovic 0 2 7 11 16 18 28 34 41 48 59 (65)
Nadal 1 12 17 23 31 36 43 46 50 60 64 67 (69)
Total match wins Djokovic 13 53 121 185 263 324 394 469 543 604 686 (732)
Nadal 45 124 183 253 335 401 472 541 583 658 706 767 (796)
Ranking Djokovic 78 16 3 3 3 3 1 1 2 1 1 (1)
Nadal 51 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 4 1 3 5 (4)
Weeks at number 1 Djokovic 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 62 101 127 179 (207)
Nadal 0 0 0 0 19 46 76 102 102 115 141 141 (141)

Performance timeline comparison[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won tournament; reached (F) final, (SF) semifinal, (QF) quarterfinal; (R#) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a (RR) round-robin stage; reached a (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent from tournament; played in a (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; won a (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or (NH) tournament not held.
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–Present[edit]

Player 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
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 W SF W W W F SF F W SF F F QF F W SF W F W W W W 3R
Spain Rafael Nadal QF W F F F W 2R A A W 1R W F W 4R A QF QF 2R 3R 1R 3R A

Djokovic–Nadal Grand Slam tournament era: 2005 - present[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 Stan Wawrinka Spain Rafael Nadal Serbia Novak Djokovic Croatia Marin Čilić
2015 Serbia Novak Djokovic Switzerland Stan Wawrinka Serbia Novak Djokovic Serbia Novak Djokovic
2016 Serbia Novak Djokovic Serbia Novak Djokovic United Kingdom Andy Murray

Combined singles performance timeline (best result)[edit]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 3R 4R 1R QF W W QF W W W F W W 7 / 13
French Open A A W W W W 4R W W W W W F W 10 / 12
Wimbledon 3R 2R 3R F F W QF W W SF F W W 3R 5 / 14
US Open 2R 2R 3R QF F SF SF W W F W SF W 4 / 13
Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and ATP World Tour Finals
Indian Wells 3R SF W W W SF W SF W W W W 8 / 12
Miami 4R F 2R W F F SF W W 4R W W W 6 / 13
Monte Carlo 3R W W W W W W W W W SF W W 11 / 13
Rome W W W W W W W W W W W F 11 / 12
Madrid1 3R 2R F W F W W QF W W F W 6 / 12
Canada 1R W 3R W W QF SF W W W 3R F 6 / 12
Cincinnati 1R 1R QF 2R F F QF F F W 3R F 1 / 12
Shanghai2 1R 2R W QF SF SF F SF 3R W W SF W 4 / 13
Paris Q1 3R 2R F QF W 3R QF 2R W W W 4 / 11
ATP Finals DNQ A SF SF W RR F RR W W W W 5 / 10

ATP Rankings[edit]

Year-end ranking timeline[edit]

Player 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Serbia Novak Djokovic 679 186 78 16 3 3 3 3 1 1 2 1 1
Spain Rafael Nadal 811 200 49 51 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 4 1 3 5

Djokovic–Nadal ATP world No. 1 era[edit]

Player Start date End date Weeks Total
Spain Nadal, RafaelRafael Nadal August 18, 2008 July 5, 2009 46 46
Switzerland Roger Federer (2) July 6, 2009 June 6, 2010 48 285
Spain Rafael Nadal (2) June 7, 2010 July 3, 2011 56 102
Serbia Novak Djokovic July 4, 2011 July 8, 2012 53 53
Switzerland Roger Federer (3) July 9, 2012 November 4, 2012 17 302
Serbia Novak Djokovic (2) November 5, 2012 October 6, 2013 48 101
Spain Rafael Nadal (3) October 7, 2013 July 6, 2014 39 141
Serbia Novak Djokovic (3) July 7, 2014 Present 104 205

As of 27 June 2016

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