Nadal Vs Djokovic Rivalry

The Nadal Vs Djokovic Rivalry has been neck and neck for many years now with Djokovic currently leading their head to head with 30 wins to Nadal’s 28.

This article will look at some of the key stats and head to head records from the 58 matches Nadal and Djokovic have played against each other.

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Nadal vs Djokovic Stats

Rafael NadalVsNovak Djokovic
Rafa NadalProfile PicDjokovic
1986Year born1987
2001 Year turned Pro2003
Left handedPlaysRight handed
Two handed backhandBackhandTwo handed backhand
28Matches won30
48% (28/58)Winning Percentage52% (30/58)
7Matches won on a hard court20
19Matches 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

Nadal vs Djokovic Head to Head Record

Nadal Vs Djokovic Grand Slam Head to Head

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
2021Roland GarrosSemi FinalNovak Djokovic3-6 6-3 7-6 6-2
2020Roland GarrosFinalRafael Nadal6-0 6-2 7-5
2019Australian OpenFinalNovak Djokovic6-3 6-2 6-3
2018WimbledonSemi FinalNovak Djokovic6-4 3-6 7-6 3-6 10-8
2015Roland GarrosQuarter FinalsNovak 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 GarrosSemi FinalRafael 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 GarrosSemi FinalRafael Nadal6-4 6-2 7-6
2007WimbledonSemi FinalRafael Nadal3-6 6-1 4-1
2007Roland GarrosSemi FinalRafael Nadal7-5 6-4 6-2
2006Roland GarrosQuarter FinalsRafael Nadal6-4 6-4

Nadal and Djokovic have played each other a total of 17 times in grand slams with Nadal leading the grand slam head to head with a 10-7 win loss record.

Of the 17 matches they have played in grand slams, 9 of the matches were in the final, 6 matches were in the semi final and two matches were in the quarterfinals.

Nadal and Djokovic have played each other 2 times at the Australian Open, 9 times at the French Open, 3 times at Wimbledon and 3 times at the US Open.

The last Grand Slam match they played against each other was the 2021 French Open Semi Final that Djokovic won in four sets.

Nadal vs Djokovic Head to Head by Court Surface

Nadal vs Djokovic Head to Head on Grass

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
2018WimbledonSemi FinalNovak 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
2007WimbledonSemi FinalRafael Nadal3-6 6-1 4-1

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

3 out of the 4 matches they have played on grass were at Wimbledon including a 5 set thriller in the 2018 Wimbledon Semi Finals that Djokovic won 10-8 in the fifth set.

Nadal vs Djokovic Head to Head on Clay

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
2021French OpenSemi FinalNovak Djokovic3-6 6-3 7-6 6-2
2021ATP Masters 1000 RomeFinalRafael Nadal7-5 1-6 6-3
2020Roland GarrosFinalRafael Nadal6-0 6-2 7-5
2019ATP Masters 1000 RomeFinalRafael Nadal6-0 4-6 6-1
2018ATP Masters 1000 RomeSemi FinalRafael Nadal7-6 6-3
2017ATP Masters 1000 MadridSemi FinalRafael Nadal6-2 6-4
2016ATP Masters 1000 RomeQuarter FinalNovak Djokovic7-5 7-6
2015Roland GarrosQuarter FinalNovak Djokovic7-5 6-3 6-1
2015ATP Masters 1000 Monte CarloSemi FinalNovak Djokovic6-3 6-3
2014Roland GarrosFinalRafael Nadal3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4
2014ATP Masters 1000 RomeFinalNovak Djokovic4-6 6-3 6-3
2013Roland GarrosSemi FinalRafael Nadal6-4 3-6 6-1 6-7 9-7
2013ATP Masters 1000 Monte CarloFinalNovak Djokovic6-2 7-6
2012Roland GarrosFinalRafael Nadal6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5
2012ATP Masters 1000 RomeFinalRafael Nadal7-5 6-3
2012ATP Masters 1000 Monte CarloFinalRafael Nadal6-3 6-1
2011ATP Masters 1000 RomeFinalNovak Djokovic6-4 6-4
2011ATP Masters 1000 MadridFinalNovak Djokovic7-5 6-4
2009ATP Masters 1000 MadridSemi FinalRafael Nadal3-6 7-6 7-6
2009ATP Masters 1000 RomeFinalRafael Nadal7-6 6-2
2009ATP Masters 1000 Monte CarloFinalRafael Nadal6-3 2-6 6-1
2009ESP vs. SRB WG 1st RDRound RobinRafael Nadal6-4 6-4 6-1
2008Roland GarrosSemi FinalRafael Nadal6-4 6-2 7-6
2008ATP Masters 1000 HamburgSemi FinalRafael Nadal7-5 2-6 6-2
2007Roland GarrosSemi FinalRafael Nadal7-5 6-4 6-2
2007ATP Masters 1000 RomeQuarter FinalRafael Nadal6-2 6-3
2006Roland GarrosQuarter FinalRafael Nadal6-4 6-4

Nadal and Djokovic have played each other a total of 27 times on clay courts with Nadal currently leading the head to head 19 wins to 8.

Their last match on clay was the 2021 French Open Semi Final that was won by Djokovic in 4 sets.

Nadal vs Djokovic Head to Head on Hard Courts

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
2020ATP CupFinalNovak Djokovic6-2 7-6
2019Australian OpenFinalNovak Djokovic6-3 6-2 6-3
2016ATP Masters 1000 Indian WellsSemi FinalNovak Djokovic7-6 6-2
2016DohaFinalNovak Djokovic6-1 6-2
2015ATP FinalsSemi FinalNovak Djokovic6-3 6-3
2015BeijingFinalNovak Djokovic6-2 6-2
2014ATP Masters 1000 MiamiFinalNovak Djokovic6-3 6-3
2013ATP FinalsFinalNovak Djokovic6-3 6-4
2013BeijingFinalNovak Djokovic6-3 6-4
2013US OpenFinalRafael Nadal6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1
2013ATP Masters 1000 CanadaSemi FinalRafael Nadal6-4 3-6 7-6
2012Australian OpenFinalNovak Djokovic5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 7-5
2011US OpenFinalNovak Djokovic6-2 6-4 6-7 6-1
2011ATP Masters 1000 MiamiFinalNovak Djokovic4-6 6-3 7-6
2011ATP Masters 1000 Indian WellsFinalNovak Djokovic4-6 6-3 6-2
2010ATP FinalsRound RobinRafael Nadal7-5 6-2
2010US OpenFinalRafael Nadal6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2
2009ATP FinalsRound RobinNovak Djokovic7-6 6-3
2009ATP Masters 1000 ParisSemi FinalNovak Djokovic6-2 6-3
2009ATP Masters 1000 CincinnatiSemi FinalNovak Djokovic6-1 6-4
2008Beijing OlympicsSemi FinalRafael Nadal6-4 1-6 6-4
2008ATP Masters 1000 CincinnatiSemi FinalNovak Djokovic6-1 7-5
2008ATP Masters 1000 Indian WellsSemi FinalNovak Djokovic6-3 6-2
2007Tennis Masters CupRound RobinRafael Nadal6-4 6-4
2007ATP Masters 1000 CanadaSemi FinalNovak Djokovic7-5 6-3
2007ATP Masters 1000 MiamiQuarter FinalNovak Djokovic6-3 6-4
2007ATP Masters 1000 Indian WellsFinalRafael Nadal6-2 7-5

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

Nadal and Djokovic Matches Played per Year

YearMatches PlayedNadal WinsDjokovic WinsH2H (Nadal – Djokovic)

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 the head to head 30 wins to 28. They have played in 9 grand slam finals together with Nadal winning 5 out of 9 of them.

How many times did Djokovic beat Nadal at Wimbledon?

Djokovic has played Nadal a total of 3 times at Wimbledon with Djokovic winning 2 out of the 3 matches. His only loss came in the 2007 Wimbledon Semi-Final.

When did Nadal and Djokovic first play each other?

Nadal and Djokovic first played each other in the 2006 French Open Quarter Finals. 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 21 Grand Slams which is 1 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 2 behind with 36 masters 1000 titles.

Who has won more ATP career titles?

Nadal has 91 ATP career titles to Djokovic’s 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 judgement on who really was the GOAT. At the moment, Djokovic is the firm favourite 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 1 and 2 in singles.

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 Bejing Olympics in the Semi Final of the singles. Nadal won the match in 3 sets (6-4, 1-6, 6-4). Nadal went on to win the Gold Medal Match and 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 Bejing 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.

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