What is the biggest rivalry among the Big Three? Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic? Media, insiders and fans tried for years to answer this long-standing question.
If until a few years ago the answer could seem obvious, with the election of the Federer-Nadal rivalry as the biggest rivalry, today the answer is not so obvious. Let's talk about tennis players who monopolized the last twelve years of tennis, fifteen if we consider the Federer-Nadal duopoly.
Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal Considered for years the greatest rivalry in the history of tennis and one of the most important ever in the sport. The 2008 epic final at Wimbledon highlighted this sporting rivalry. In recent years, after Federer's vindictive victory at the 2017 Australian Open, the Swiss won 6 of the last seven challenges.
A rivalry that marked an era: two, players with two opposite styles, such as ice and fire. Rivalry and respect, which thrilled the crowds and fans. In head-to-head Rafa leads 23-16. In Slam Nadal leads 10-4. On clay-courts Rafa leads 14-2, on hard-courts Federer leads 11-9 and on grass-courts Federer leads 3-1.
Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic This rivalry found its climax between the Wimbledon 2014 final and the unforgettable 2019 Wimbledon 2019. In recent years Djokovic has shown a psycho-physical superiority, but in general, their challenges have been exciting.
In the head-to-head Nole leads 26-23. In the Slams Nole leads 10-6. On clay-courts they are on 4-4, on hard-courts Djokovic leads 19-18 and on grass-courts Djokovic leads 3-1. Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic They played 54 matches!
By numbers, theirs is the most present rivalry in the history of the Big Three. In general, there was a substantial balance. The highlights remain the semifinal of the French Open 2013, won by Rafa and the semifinal of Wimbledon 2018 won by Nole, in two days.
In the head-to-head Nole leads 28-26. In the Slams Nadal leads 9-6. On clay-courts Nadal leads 17-7, on hard-courts Djokovic leads 19-7 and on grass-court, Djokovic leads 4-2.