Nadal vs Djokovic Rivalry

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

In total, they have played each other 59 times on the ATP Tour with Novak leading their H2H 30-29.

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

Nadal Vs Djokovic Rivalry and Head to Head Stats

Nadal vs Djokovic Head to Head

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

Grand Slam Head to Head

Rafael Nadal (or “R.N”) and Novak Djokovic (or “N.D”) have met each other a total of 18 times in grand slam tournaments with Rafa currently leading the grand slam head to head 11-7.

Rafa and Novak have met 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).

Out of their 18 grand slam matches, nine matches were in a final, six matches were in a semifinal and three matches were in a quarterfinal.

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

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
2022Roland GarrosQFR.N6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6
2021Roland GarrosSFN.D3-6 6-3 7-6 6-2
2020Roland GarrosFR.N6-0 6-2 7-5
2019Australian OpenFN.D6-3 6-2 6-3
2018WimbledonSFN.D6-4 3-6 7-6 3-6 10-8
2015Roland GarrosQFN.D7-5 6-3 6-1
2014Roland GarrosFR.N3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4
2013US OpenFR.N6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1
2013Roland GarrosSFR.N6-4 3-6 6-1 6-7 9-7
2012Roland GarrosFR.N6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5
2012Australian OpenFN.D5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 7-5
2011US OpenFN.D6-2 6-4 6-7 6-1
2011WimbledonFN.D6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3
2010US OpenFR.N6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2
2008Roland GarrosSFR.N6-4 6-2 7-6
2007WimbledonSFR.N3-6 6-1 4-1
2007Roland GarrosSFR.N7-5 6-4 6-2
2006Roland GarrosQFR.N6-4 6-4

H2H by Court Surface

Grass

They have met each other four times on grass with Novak 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 Novak won 10-8 in the fifth set.

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
2018WimbledonSFN.D6-4 3-6 7-6 3-6 10-8
2011WimbledonFN.D6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3
2008Queen’s ClubFR.N7-6 7-5
2007WimbledonSFR.N3-6 6-1 4-1

Clay

They have met each other a total of 28 times on clay courts with Rafa 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 four sets (6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6).

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
2022French OpenQFR.N6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6
2021French OpenSFN.D3-6 6-3 7-6 6-2
2021Rome MastersFR.N7-5 1-6 6-3
2020French OpenFR.N6-0 6-2 7-5
2019Rome MastersFR.N6-0 4-6 6-1
2018Rome MastersSFR.N7-6 6-3
2017Madrid MastersSFR.N6-2 6-4
2016Rome MastersQFN.D7-5 7-6
2015French OpenQFN.D7-5 6-3 6-1
2015Monte Carlo MastersSFN.D6-3 6-3
2014French OpenFR.N3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4
2014Rome MastersFN.D4-6 6-3 6-3
2013French OpenSFR.N6-4 3-6 6-1 6-7 9-7
2013Monte Carlo MastersFN.D6-2 7-6
2012French OpenFR.N6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5
2012Rome MastersFR.N7-5 6-3
2012Monte Carlo MastersFR.N6-3 6-1
2011Rome MastersFN.D6-4 6-4
2011Madrid MastersFN.D7-5 6-4
2009Madrid MastersSFR.N3-6 7-6 7-6
2009Rome MastersFR.N7-6 6-2
2009Monte Carlo MastersFR.N6-3 2-6 6-1
2009Davis Cup – Spain vs. SerbiaGroup StageR.N6-4 6-4 6-1
2008Roland GarrosSFR.N6-4 6-2 7-6
2008HamburgSFR.N7-5 2-6 6-2
2007Roland GarrosSFR.N7-5 6-4 6-2
2007Rome MastersQFR.N6-2 6-3
2006Roland GarrosQFR.N6-4 6-4

Hard Courts

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

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
2020ATP CupFN.D6-2 7-6
2019Australian OpenFN.D6-3 6-2 6-3
2016Indian WellsSFN.D7-6 6-2
2016DohaFN.D6-1 6-2
2015ATP FinalsSFN.D6-3 6-3
2015BeijingFN.D6-2 6-2
2014MiamiFN.D6-3 6-3
2013ATP FinalsFN.D6-3 6-4
2013BeijingFN.D6-3 6-4
2013US OpenFR.N6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1
2013Canadian MastersSFR.N6-4 3-6 7-6
2012Australian OpenFN.D5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 7-5
2011US OpenFN.D6-2 6-4 6-7 6-1
2011MiamiFN.D4-6 6-3 7-6
2011Indian WellsFN.D4-6 6-3 6-2
2010ATP FinalsGroup StageR.N7-5 6-2
2010US OpenFR.N6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2
2009ATP FinalsGroup StageN.D7-6 6-3
2009Paris MastersSFN.D6-2 6-3
2009CincinnatiSFN.D6-1 6-4
2008Beijing OlympicsSFR.N6-4 1-6 6-4
2008CincinnatiSFN.D6-1 7-5
2008Indian WellsSFN.D6-3 6-2
2007Tennis Masters CupGroup StageR.N6-4 6-4
2007Canadian MastersSFN.D7-5 6-3
2007Miami MastersQFN.D6-3 6-4
2007Indian WellsFR.N6-2 7-5

Matches Played per Year

Novak and Rafa first met each other in 2006, with their last match being 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).

YearMatchesR.NadalN.DjokovicH2H
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 match at the French Open in 2022.

FAQ

How many times has Djokovic beaten Nadal?

Novak has beaten Rafa a total of 59 times and he leads their head to head 30 wins to 29. They have met each other in nine grand slam singles finals with Rafa winning five out of nine of the matches.

How many times did Djokovic beat Nadal at Wimbledon?

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

When did Djokovic and Nadal first play each other?

They first played each other in the 2006 French Open Quarterfinals. Rafa won the match after Novak had to retire.

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

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

Who has won more Grand Slam titles?

Both Rafa and Novak have won 22 Grand Slams.

Who has won more Masters 1000 titles?

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

Who has won more ATP career titles?

Rafa has 92 ATP career titles while Novak has won a total of 93.

Is Djokovic 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 all finished their playing careers then you can make a better judgment on who really was the GOAT. At the moment, Novak is the firm favorite to achieve this title.

Has Djokovic and Nadal 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. Rafa won the match in 3 sets (6-4, 1-6, 6-4), with Rafa going on to win the Gold Medal Match while Novak went on to win the Bronze medal match.

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

Rafa 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 (Rafa and Nicolas Massu) that have won a gold medal in both singles and doubles. Novak was a bronze medalist in singles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.