Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal: All Career Meetings

On 3rd April 2005, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal faced off in a final for the first time in their careers. It was only their second ever meeting at the time, in a rivalry which has now spanned 40 matches. On that occasion, it was Federer who came out on top in a five-set thriller in the Miami Masters, back when ATP Masters finals were contested over five sets.

At the time of writing, Nadal leads his great rival 24-16 overall. Here is a breakdown of all those matches:

This list will be updated as and when new meetings take place.

Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Sets
2019 Wimbledon Grass SF Roger Federer 4
2019 French Open Clay SF Rafael Nadal 3
2017 Shanghai Masters Hard F Roger Federer 2
2017 Miami Masters Hard F Roger Federer 2
2017 Indian Wells Masters Hard R16 Roger Federer 2
2017 Australian Open Hard F Roger Federer 5
2015 Basel Hard F Roger Federer 3
2014 Australian Open Hard SF Rafael Nadal 3
2013 ATP World Tour Finals Hard SF Rafael Nadal 2
2013 Cincinnati Masters Hard QF Rafael Nadal 3
2013 Rome Masters Clay F Rafael Nadal 2
2013 Indian Wells Masters Hard QF Rafael Nadal 2
2012 Indian Wells Masters Hard SF Roger Federer 2
2012 Australian Open Hard SF Rafael Nadal 4
2011 ATP World Tour Finals Hard RR Roger Federer 2
2011 French Open Clay F Rafael Nadal 4
2011 Madrid Masters Clay SF Rafael Nadal 3
2011 Miami Masters Hard SF Rafael Nadal 2
2010 ATP World Tour Finals Hard F Roger Federer 3
2010 Madrid Masters Clay F Rafael Nadal 2
2009 Madrid Masters Clay F Roger Federer 2
2009 Australian Open Hard F Rafael Nadal 5
2008 Wimbledon Grass F Rafael Nadal 5
2008 French Open Clay F Rafael Nadal 3
2008 Hamburg Clay F Rafael Nadal 3
2008 Monte Carlo Masters Clay F Rafael Nadal 2
2007 Tennis Masters Cup Hard SF Roger Federer 2
2007 Wimbledon Grass F Roger Federer 5
2007 French Open Clay F Rafael Nadal 4
2007 Hamburg Clay F Roger Federer 3
2007 Monte Carlo Masters Clay F Rafael Nadal 2
2006 Tennis Masters Cup Hard SF Roger Federer 2
2006 Wimbledon Grass F Roger Federer 4
2006 French Open Clay F Rafael Nadal 4
2006 Rome Masters Clay F Rafael Nadal 5
2006 Monte Carlo Masters Clay F Rafael Nadal 4
2006 Dubai Hard F Rafael Nadal 3
2005 French Open Clay SF Rafael Nadal 4
2005 Miami Masters Hard F Roger Federer 5
2004 Miami Masters Hard R32 Rafael Nadal 2


However, this doesn't quite tell the full story as there are so many factors to consider in this unique rivalry. Here's a deeper dive into some of those numbers:

Hard: Federer leads 11-9

Clay: Nadal leads 14-2

Grass: Federer leads 3-1

Finals: Nadal leads 14-10

Grand Slam: Nadal leads 10-4

First 10 matches: Nadal leads 7-3

Last 10 matches: Federer leads 6-4

Longest winning streak: Five matches (both players)

FUN FACTS

  • Each player has won the first set 20 times each.
  • 13 of their meetings have gone to a deciding set. Nadal leads 7-6 in that department.
  • Federer has won seven of their last eight meetings.
  • The pair have never met at the US Open.

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