Fifty Shades of Gray? No, fifty shades of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic! The Mutua Madrid Open semifinal will see the two great rivals challenge for the first time in 2017, for the 50th in their career.
One of the most important and hot rivalries ever. In head-to-head, the Serb is ahead 26-23 (53% vins - 47% wins). Above all, Djokovic has won the last seven matches played. Rafa's last win dates back to 2014: the French Open final.Today Nadal would look like the favorite of the match, but the challenge is open, and certainly this is the most anticipated match of the Masters 1000 in Madrid.
Tennis World would like to offer you the five best matches between Nadal and Djokovic! 5) Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal - Rome 2016. In the quarter-finals of the Italian Masters 1000, last year was, there was one of their best challenges, and certainly one of the best in 2016.
Nole won for 7-5 7-6 (4). 4) Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal - Madrid 2009. What a match! Rafa won in three sets, for 3-6 7-6 (5) 7-6 (9), at the end of one of the toughest and most intense challenges between the two players.
The last two sets of the semi-finals, drawn to tie-breaks, were memorable. 3) Novak Djokovic vs.
Rafael Nadal - French Open 2014. The final of the Roland Garros 2014 was the last Spanish's Slam triumph. At the end of a tough, intense final, Rafa won his ninth title in Paris, defeating Nole for 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4.
It is also Rafa's last victory over the Serb. 2) Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal - Australian Open 2012.
It was an amazing challenge. After five, infinite, exciting sets, Djokovic won for 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5) 7-5, winning his third title in Melbourne. 1) Novak Djokovic vs.
Rafael Nadal - French Open 2013. Incredible emotions in the 2013 Roland Garros semi-finals. Twists, incredible shots, in an epic confrontation. Unforgettable, as the decisive set. On the Parisian clay, even on that occasion the winner was Rafa, with the final score of 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-7 (3) 9-7.
Amazing! Source: YouTube .