Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal? Andre Agassi vs Pete Sampras? Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal? What is the biggest rivalry of the last twenty years? In sport, a rivalry is one of the maximum expressions of competition: just think of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in soccer, and tennis is no exception.
Over the past twenty years, there have been major rivalries. The one between Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras highlighted the 90s and early 2000s. In the head-to-head Sampras leads 20-14. The two players were considered at the antipodes, both for the style of play and for their behavior.
It is certainly one of the greatest rivalries of the past twenty years, which has excited millions of fans, between the Wimbledon lawns and the clay-courts of the French Open. This rivalry was followed by what media, insiders, fans and crowds consider the greatest in tennis history: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Ice and fire, elegance and power: almost a challenge in the challenge between Wimbledon and the French Open. The Swiss and the Spaniard offered the crowds some of the best matches in the history of tennis and still today they manage to excite fans and insiders.
Nadal leads for 24-16. In the meantime, two very famous rivalries developed in the women's tennis since the 2000s: Serena Williams against Venus Williams and Serena Williams against Maria Sharapova. The Williams sisters challenged 30 times (Serena leads 18-12), even in 9 Slams finals (Serena leads 7-2), writing the recent history of US tennis.
Serena-Sharapova's rivalry considers not only the technical aspect on the court, but it was a battle of style, fashion and statements on and off the court, which inflamed fans and media. Serena leads in the head-to-head for 20-2.
The American became a real nightmare for the Russian! In the past few years, three rivalries have developed. The one between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who played 36 matches (Nole leads 25-11), found its climax between 2013 and 2016.
In 2016 Murray was able to dethrone Djokovic. The rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal is one of the strongest. Nole leads 28-26, but there is still a substantial balance between the two, who usually play very exhausting matches, both physically and mentally.
Finally the rivalry between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic (the Serb leads 26-23), always in a substantial balance, but with Nole who defeating Federer in the last four Slam finals they played.