HOW ROGER FEDERER AND RAFAEL NADAL STACK UP ON AND OFF THE COURT
|ROGER FEDERER||RAFAEL NADAL|
|17||Grand Slam Titles||14|
|£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.
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.
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.
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.
In comparison, Nadal’s long-term girlfriend Xisca Perello is rarely seen, preferring to enjoy her partner’s on-court exploits from afar.
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.
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.
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