Federer vs Nadal Rivalry

The Federer vs Nadal rivalry will probably go down as one of the best rivalries in tennis history.

As Federer is undergoing another operation on his knee, it is unclear whether we will ever see the two tennis greats play each other in a competitive match again.

Therefore I decided to look back on their rivalry and the H2H Stats over the 40 matches they have played over the last two decades including the nine grand slam finals they played against each other.

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Federer vs Nadal Stats

FedererVsRafa Nadal
Roger FedererPlayer NameRafael Nadal
1981Year born1986
1998 Year turned Pro2001
SwissNationalitySpanish
Right handedPlaysLeft handed
One handed backhandBackhandTwo handed backhand
16Matches won24
40% (16/40)Winning Percentage60% (24/40)
11Matches won on a hard court9
2Matches won on clay14
3Matches won on grass1
10Matches won in Finals14
4Matches won in Grand Slam Finals10
0Matches won in Masters 1000 Finals7
2Matches won in ATP World Tour Finals1

Federer Vs Nadal Head to Head Stats

Federer Vs Nadal Head to Head at the Grand Slams

YearGrand SlamRoundWinnerScore
2019WimbledonSemi-FinalFederer in 47-6, 1-6, 6-3, 64
2019French OpenSemi-FinalNadal in 36-3, 6-4, 6-2
2017Australian OpenFinal Federer in 56-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
2014 Australian OpenSemi-FinalNadal in 37-6, 6-3,6-3
2012 Australian OpenSemi-FinalNadal in 46-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4
2011French OpenFinalNadal in 47-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1
2009Australian OpenFinalNadal in 57-5, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2
2008WimbledonFinalNadal in 56-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7
2008French OpenFinalNadal in 36-1, 6-3, 6-0
2007WimbledonFinalFederer in 57-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2
2007French OpenFinalNadal in 46-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2006WimbledonFinalFederer in 46-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3
2006French OpenFinalNadal in 41-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6
2005French OpenSemi-FinalNadal in 46-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Federer and Nadal have played each other a total of 14 times in grand slams with Nadal leading the grand slam head to head 10-4.

Of the 14 matches played in grand slams, 9 of the matches were in the final with the remaining being a semi-final.

They have played each other 4 times at the Australian Open, 6 times at the French Open and 4 times at Wimbledon. They have yet to play each other in the US Open.

Federer vs Nadal Head to Head by Surface

Out of the 40 times, Federer and Nadal have played each other, 4 of those matches have been on grass, 16 have been on clay and 20 have been on a hardcourt surface.

Federer vs Nadal Head to Head on Grass

YearTournamentRoundWinnerScore
2019WimbledonSemi-FinalsFederer in 47-6, 1-6, 6-3, 64
2008WimbledonFinalNadal in 56-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7
2007WimbledonFinalFederer in 57-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2
2006WimbledonFinalFederer in 46-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3

Federer and Nadal have played each other four times on grass (all at Wimbledon) with Federer leading the head to head grass 3-1.

The one match Nadal beat Federer on grass was the 2008 final which is widely regarded as the best tennis match to date.

Federer vs Nadal Head to Head on Clay

YearTournamentRoundWinnerScore
2019French OpenSemi-FinalsNadal in 36-3, 6-4, 6-2
2013ATP Masters 1000 RomeFinalNadal in 26-3, 6-3
2011French OpenFinalNadal in 47-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1
2011ATP Masters 1000 Madrid Semi-FinalsNadal in 35-7, 6-1, 6-3
2010 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid FinalNadal in 26-4, 7-6
2009 ATP Masters 1000 MadridFinalFederer in 26-4, 6-4
2008French OpenFinalNadal in 36-1, 6-3, 6-0
2008ATP Masters 1000 HamburgFinal Nadal in 37-5, 6-7, 6-3
2008ATP Masters 1000 Monte CarloFinal Nadal in 27-5, 7-5
2007French OpenFinalNadal in 46-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2007 ATP Masters 1000 Hamburg FinalFederer in 32-6, 6-2, 6-0
2007 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo FinalNadal in 26-4, 6-4
2006French OpenFinalNadal in 41-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6
2006ATP Masters 1000 RomeFinalNadal in 56-7, 7-6, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6
2006 ATP Masters 1000 Monte CarloFinalNadal in 46-2, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6
2006French OpenSemi-FinalNadal in 46-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Nadal (the King of Clay) has dominated Federer on clay with Federer only winning two out of the 16 matches they have played on the surface.

Federer vs Nadal Head to Head on Hard Courts

YearTournamentRoundWinnerScore
2017ATP Masters 1000 ShanghaiFinalFederer in 26-4, 6-3
2017ATP Masters 1000 MiamiFinalFederer in 26-3, 6-4
2017ATP Masters 1000 Indian WellsRound of 16 Federer in 26-2, 6-3
2017Australian OpenFinalFederer in 56-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
2015BaselFinalFederer in 36-3, 5-7, 6-3
2014 Australian OpenSemi-FinalNadal in 37-6, 6-3,6-3
2013ATP FinalsSemi-FinalNadal in 27-5, 6-3
2013ATP Masters 1000 CincinnatiQuater-Final Nadal in 35-7, 6-4, 6-3
2013ATP Masters 1000 Indian WellsQuater-Final Nadal in 26-4, 6-2
2012ATP Masters 1000 Indian WellsSemi-FinalFederer in 26-3, 6-4
2012Australian OpenSemi-FinalNadal in 46-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4
2011 ATP FinalsRound RobinFederer in 26-3, 6-0
2011ATP Masters 1000 MiamiSemi-FinalNadal in 26-3, 6-2
2010 ATP Finals FinalFederer6-3, 3-6, 6-1
2009 Australian OpenFinalNadal in 57-5, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2
2007Tennis Masters CupSemi-FinalFederer in 26-4, 6-1
2006Tennis Masters Cup Semi-Final Federer in 26-4, 7-5
2006DubaiFinalNadal in 32-6, 6-4, 6-4
2005ATP Masters 1000 MiamiFinalFederer in 52-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-1
2004ATP Masters 1000 MiamiRound of 32Nadal in 26-3, 6-3

Federer and Nadal have played each other a total of 20 on hard courts (indoor and outdoor) with Federer leading the head to head 12-8.

The 20 matches do not include a walkover Federer received when Nadal pulled out of the 2019 ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells.

Federer vs Nadal Matches Played per Year

YearMatches PlayedFederer WinsNadal Wins
2004101
2005211
2006624
2007532
2008404
2009211
2010211
2011413
2012211
2013404
2014101
2015110
2016000
2017440
2018000
2019211
2020000
2021000
2022000

Frequently Asked Questions about the Federer and Nadal Rivalry

When did Nadal beat Federer at Wimbledon?

Nadal beat Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon Final.

How many times did Federer beat Nadal at Wimbledon?

Federer beat Nadal in the Wimbledon finals of 2006 and 2007 and in the Wimbledon Semi-Finals of 2019.

When did Federer and Nadal first play each other?

Their first match was in a round of 32 match in the ATP Masters 1000 Miami tournament in 2004. Nadal won the match 6-3, 6-3.

Have Federer and Nadal ever played each other in the US Open?

No, The US Open is the only grand slam where Federer and Nadal have not played each other.

Who has won more Grand Slam titles?

Nadal has won 21 grand slam titles which is one more than Federer.

Who has won more Masters 1000 titles?

Nadal has won 36 Masters 1000 titles which are 8 more than Federer has won.

Who has won more ATP career titles?

Federer has won 103 ATP career titles which are 15 more than Nadal has won.

Is Federer or Nadal the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time)?

There is no easy answer to this question. You have to wait until Djokovic, Federer and Nadal have finished their playing careers then you can make a judgement on who really was the GOAT.

Has Federer and Nadal ever played doubles together?

Yes, they played doubles together for the Europe team in the 2017 Laver Cup. Roger and Rafa beat Sam Querrey & Jack Sock 10-5 in a third set tiebreaker. 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-5). Team Europe went on to win the 2017 Laver Cup 15-9.

Are Federer and Nadal friends off the court?

There is a lot of respect between the two players but they would not be considered close friends off the court.

Is Federer or Nadal taller?

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the same height (1.85m).

Federer Vs Nadal Head to Head Stats
Federer Vs Nadal Head to Head Stats

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