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Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal: So how do the greats match up on and off the court? Part TWO

The battle between Nadal and Federer has been labelled one of athleticism over pure talentFederer's natural talent is undeniable

HOW ROGER FEDERER AND RAFAEL NADAL STACK UP ON AND OFF THE COURT

 

ROGER FEDERER RAFAEL NADAL
35 Age 30
6’1 Height 6’1
1998 Turned Pro 2001
1080/245 Won /lost 808/175
88 Career Titles 69
17 Grand Slam Titles 14
17 Current Ranking 9
£78,749,662 Career Prize Money £49,943,389
£255 million Net worth £95 million
Nike, Wilson, Rolex Main sponsors Nike, Babolat, Richard Mille

Federer, five years Nadal’s senior, has always been considered the king with the Spaniard his worthy challenger. He has more Grand Slam titles, more career titles and £255million in net worth compared to Nadal’s £195m.

The vast difference in their wealth is perhaps summed up by their attitude to life. Federer, the charming extrovert, has never shied away from the public light while Nadal has championed his private life over sponsorship deals.

Nadal beat Federer at Wimbledon 2008 in a match widely considered one of the best ever

In purely head-to-head circumstances, Nadal has come up trumps more often than not. In their head-to-head record, Nadal has triumphed 68 percent of the time, winning 23 of 34 meetings, including six of the eight Grand Slam final encounters.

Federer has dominated at Wimbledon, winning the famous trophy seven times

In fact, had it not been for a career blighted by injuries, there is every chance Nadal would have won significantly more than 14 major titles.

The pair have 31 Grand Slam titles between them with Federer winning a record 17

Nadal has dominated their rivalry on the clay surface, winning 13 out of 15 meetings

This is summed up in their respective partners as well. Mirka Federer is regularly seen in the player’s box during her husband’s matches and has even been embroiled in a war of words with his opposite number on some occasions.

Mirka Federer cheers on husband Roger of Switzerland during his semi- final vs Stan Wawrinka

In comparison, Nadal’s long-term girlfriend Xisca Perello is rarely seen, preferring to enjoy her partner’s on-court exploits from afar.

Xisca Perello watches the semi-final match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Grigor Dimitrov

The current Australian Open is just his 47th appearance in a Grand Slam draw while Federer has needed 69 attempts to reach his record haul of 17 major titles.

While the statistics points towards a victory for Nadal, this meeting comes under vastly different circumstances to their previous eight. Federer beat Nadal in their most recent meeting, an ATP 500 final in Basel.

That win broke Nadal’s six-match winning streak and suggested Federer was set for an Indian Summer befitting of a record-breaking career.

Nadal and Federer show respect for one another following the Australian Open final in 2009

There is no denying that this could well be the last opportunity for either player to win a Grand Slam and, for that reason, may be their most important meeting yet.

 

Credit : Dailymail

 

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