Nadal vs Djokovic Rivalry

The first Nadal vs Djokovic match was in the quarterfinals of the French Open in 2006, with Nadal winning the match after Djokovic retired in the third set.

Since then they have played each other a total of 59 times with Djokovic leading their H2H 30-29.

This article will look at some of the key stats and head to head records from the 59 matches Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have played to date.

Nadal Vs Djokovic Rivalry and Head to Head Stats

Nadal vs Djokovic H2H Stats

Rafael NadalVsNovak Djokovic
1986Year born1987
2001 Year turned Pro2003
SpanishNationalitySerbian
Left handedPlaysRight handed
Two handed backhandBackhandTwo handed backhand
29Matches won30
49% (29/59)Winning Percentage51% (30/59)
7Matches won on a hard court20
20Matches won on clay8
2Matches won on grass2
13Matches won in Finals16
5Matches won in Grand Slam Finals4
7Matches won in Masters 1000 Finals7
2Matches won in ATP World Tour Finals3

Rafael Nadal vs Djokovic Head to Head Record

Grand Slam Head to Head

Nadal and Djokovic have played each other a total of 18 times in grand slam tournaments with Nadal currently leading the grand slam head to head 11-7.

Of the 18 matches, they have played in grand slam tournaments, nine matches were in a final, six matches were in a semifinal and three matches were in a quarterfinal.

Nadal and Djokovic have played each other twice at the Australian Open (2012 and 2019), ten times at the French Open (2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2020, 2021, and 2022), three times at Wimbledon (2007, 2011, and 2018), and three times at the US Open (2010, 2011, and 2013).

The last Grand Slam match they played against each other was in the Quarterfinals of the 2022 French Open, which Nadal won in four sets.

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
2022Roland GarrosQuarterfinalsRafael Nadal6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6
2021Roland GarrosSemifinalsNovak Djokovic3-6 6-3 7-6 6-2
2020Roland GarrosFinalRafael Nadal6-0 6-2 7-5
2019Australian OpenFinalNovak Djokovic6-3 6-2 6-3
2018WimbledonSemifinalsNovak Djokovic6-4 3-6 7-6 3-6 10-8
2015Roland GarrosQuarterfinalsNovak Djokovic7-5 6-3 6-1
2014Roland GarrosFinalRafael Nadal3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4
2013US OpenFinalRafael Nadal6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1
2013Roland GarrosSemifinalsRafael Nadal6-4 3-6 6-1 6-7 9-7
2012Roland GarrosFinalRafael Nadal6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5
2012Australian OpenFinalNovak Djokovic5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 7-5
2011US OpenFinalNovak Djokovic6-2 6-4 6-7 6-1
2011WimbledonFinalNovak Djokovic6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3
2010US OpenFinalRafael Nadal6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2
2008Roland GarrosSemifinalsRafael Nadal6-4 6-2 7-6
2007WimbledonSemifinalsRafael Nadal3-6 6-1 4-1
2007Roland GarrosSemifinalsRafael Nadal7-5 6-4 6-2
2006Roland GarrosQuarterfinalsRafael Nadal6-4 6-4

Nadal vs Djokovic Head to Head by Court Surface

Head to Head on Grass

Nadal and Djokovic have played each other four times on grass with Djokovic leading the H2H on grass 3-1.

Three out of the four matches they have played on grass were at Wimbledon including an epic 5-set match in the semifinals of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships which Djokovic won 10-8 in the fifth set.

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
2018WimbledonSemifinalsNovak Djokovic6-4 3-6 7-6 3-6 10-8
2011WimbledonFinalNovak Djokovic6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3
2008London / Queen’s ClubFinalRafael Nadal7-6 7-5
2007WimbledonSemifinalsRafael Nadal3-6 6-1 4-1

Head to Head on Clay

Nadal and Djokovic have played each other a total of 28 times on clay courts with Nadal currently leading the clay court H2H 20-8.

Their last match on clay was in the 2022 French Open Quarterfinals which was won by Nadal in 4 sets.

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
2022French OpenQuarterfinalsNadal6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6
2021French OpenSemifinalsDjokovic3-6 6-3 7-6 6-2
2021Rome OpenFinalNadal7-5 1-6 6-3
2020Roland GarrosFinalNadal6-0 6-2 7-5
2019Rome OpenFinalNadal6-0 4-6 6-1
2018Rome OpenSemifinalsNadal7-6 6-3
2017Madrid OpenSemifinalsNadal6-2 6-4
2016Rome OpenQuarterfinalsDjokovic7-5 7-6
2015Roland GarrosQuarterfinalsDjokovic7-5 6-3 6-1
2015Monte Carlo MastersSemifinalsDjokovic6-3 6-3
2014Roland GarrosFinalNadal3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4
2014Rome OpenFinalDjokovic4-6 6-3 6-3
2013Roland GarrosSemifinalsNadal6-4 3-6 6-1 6-7 9-7
2013Monte Carlo MastersFinalDjokovic6-2 7-6
2012Roland GarrosFinalNadal6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5
2012Rome OpenFinalNadal7-5 6-3
2012Monte Carlo MastersFinalNadal6-3 6-1
2011Rome OpenFinalDjokovic6-4 6-4
2011Madrid OpenFinalDjokovic7-5 6-4
2009Madrid OpenSemifinalsNadal3-6 7-6 7-6
2009Rome OpenFinalNadal7-6 6-2
2009Monte Carlo MastersFinalNadal6-3 2-6 6-1
2009Davis Cup – Spain vs. SerbiaRound RobinNadal6-4 6-4 6-1
2008Roland GarrosSemifinalsNadal6-4 6-2 7-6
2008Hamburg OpenSemifinalsNadal7-5 2-6 6-2
2007Roland GarrosSemifinalsNadal7-5 6-4 6-2
2007Rome OpenQuarterfinalsNadal6-2 6-3
2006Roland GarrosQuarterfinalsNadal6-4 6-4

Head to Head on Hard Courts

Nadal and Djokovic have played each other a total of 27 times on hard courts (indoor and outdoor) with Djokovic leading their hard court H2H 20-7.

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
2020ATP CupFinalDjokovic6-2 7-6
2019Australian OpenFinalDjokovic6-3 6-2 6-3
2016BNP Paribas OpenSemifinalsDjokovic7-6 6-2
2016DohaFinalDjokovic6-1 6-2
2015ATP FinalsSemifinalsDjokovic6-3 6-3
2015BeijingFinalDjokovic6-2 6-2
2014Miami OpenFinalDjokovic6-3 6-3
2013ATP FinalsFinalDjokovic6-3 6-4
2013BeijingFinalDjokovic6-3 6-4
2013US OpenFinalNadal6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1
2013Canadian OpenSemifinalsNadal6-4 3-6 7-6
2012Australian OpenFinalDjokovic5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 7-5
2011US OpenFinalDjokovic6-2 6-4 6-7 6-1
2011Miami OpenFinalDjokovic4-6 6-3 7-6
2011BNP Paribas OpenFinalDjokovic4-6 6-3 6-2
2010ATP FinalsRound RobinNadal7-5 6-2
2010US OpenFinalNadal6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2
2009ATP FinalsRound RobinDjokovic7-6 6-3
2009Paris MastersSemifinalsDjokovic6-2 6-3
2009Cincinnati OpenSemifinalsDjokovic6-1 6-4
2008Beijing OlympicsSemifinalsNadal6-4 1-6 6-4
2008Cincinnati OpenSemifinalsDjokovic6-1 7-5
2008BNP Paribas OpenSemifinalsDjokovic6-3 6-2
2007Tennis Masters CupRound RobinNadal6-4 6-4
2007Canadian OpenSemifinalsDjokovic7-5 6-3
2007Miami OpenQuarterfinalsDjokovic6-3 6-4
2007BNP Paribas OpenFinalNadal6-2 7-5

Djokovic vs Nadal Matches Played per Year

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal first played each other in 2006, with their last match being played in 2022.

From 2006 to 2022, they played each other at least once a year with 2007 and 2009 seeing the most Djokovic vs Nadal matches being played in a single year (7).

YearMatches PlayedNadal WinsDjokovic WinsH2H (Nadal – Djokovic)
2006111-0
20077526-2
200864210-4
200974314-7
20102216-7
20116616-13
201243119-14
201363322-17
201431223-19
20154423-23
20163323-26
20171124-26
201821125-27
201921126-28
202021127-29
202121128-30
20221129-30

Below are match highlights from their last H2H match at the 2022 French Open.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Nadal Djokovic Rivalry

How many times has Djokovic beaten Nadal?

Djokovic has beaten Nadal a total of 30 times and he leads their head to head 30 wins to 29. They have played each other in nine grand slam singles finals with Nadal winning five out of nine of their final encounters.

How many times did Djokovic beat Nadal at Wimbledon?

Djokovic has played Nadal a total of 3 times at Wimbledon with Djokovic winning two out of the three matches. Djokovic’s only loss came in the semifinals of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships.

When did Nadal and Djokovic first play each other?

Nadal and Djokovic first played each other in the 2006 French Open Quarterfinals. Nadal won the match after Djokovic had to retire.

Have Nadal and Djokovic ever played each other in the Davis Cup?

Yes, They played each other in a Spain vs Serbia Davis Cup match in 2009. Nadal won the match in three sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.

Who has won more Grand Slam titles?

Nadal has won 22 Grand Slams which is two more than Djokovic.

Who has won more Masters 1000 titles?

Djokovic has won the most Masters 1000 titles with 38 titles to his name. Nadal is two behind with 36 Masters 1000 titles.

Who has won more ATP career titles?

Nadal has 92 ATP career titles while Djokovic has won a total of 87.

Is Nadal or Djokovic 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 judgment on who really was the GOAT. At the moment, Djokovic is the firm favorite to achieve this title.

Has Nadal and Djokovic ever played doubles together?

Yes, they played doubles together in the 2010 Rogers Cup. They lost to Pospisil and Raonic in the first round, losing 5-7, 6-3, 10-8. At the time they were ranked number 1 and 2 in the ATP singles ranking.

Are Nadal and Djokovic friends off the court?

There is definitely mutual respect for what they have achieved in tennis but they would not be considered close friends off the court.

Have Nadal and Djokovic ever played each other at an Olympics?

They played each other in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the Singles Semifinals. Nadal won the match in 3 sets (6-4, 1-6, 6-4). Nadal went on to win the Gold Medal Match while Djokovic went on to win the Bronze medal match.

Has Nadal or Djokovic won gold, silver, or bronze at an Olympics?

Nadal won a gold medal in singles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a gold medal in doubles at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He is one of two male tennis players (Nadal and Nicolas Massu) that have won a gold medal in both singles and doubles. Djokovic was a bronze medalist in singles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.