Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic: Who is the king on hard-courts?



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Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic: Who is the king on hard-courts?

Who is the king on hard-courts between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic? The numbers say Federer: the Swiss has won 71 titles on hard-courts (indoor and outdoor) in his career. In total Roger won 103 titles: the other titles are 19 on grass-court, 11 on clay-court and 2 on the carpet.

In the Slams, he has won 11 titles on hard-courts (6 at the Australian Open and 5 at the US Open). Djokovic won 59 titles on hard-courts (indoor and outdoor) in his career. The Serb won 77 titles in total: the others are 6 on grass-courts and 14 on clay-courts.

In the Slams he won 10 titles on hard-courts (7 titles at the Australian Open and 3 at the US Open). But in addition to the numbers, are there any factors that help us understand who between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic is the best ever on this surface? We can take head-to-head into consideration.

In total Nole leads 26-23, on hard-courts, the Serb leads 19-18 (13-13 on outdoor hard-courts, while Nole leads 6-5 on indoor hard-courts). We can see that on hard-courts there is a substantial balance. They are probably the best performers ever on this surface, and their numbers will hardly match in the next future.

Let's make a comparison: Rafael Nadal is considered the greatest clay-court player ever (59 titles won), but on hard-courts, he has won 21 titles. It is therefore understood that Federer and Djokovic reached a higher dimension when considering matches on hard-courts.

In conclusion, we can say that between them there is a great balance if we consider head-to-head, and therefore they can both be considered the greatest tennis players ever on hard-courts, but the fundamental discriminant is the numbering, and Federer is the record-man on this surface with 71 titles. What do you think about it? Who is the king of hard-courts between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic?