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Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer: A look at all the stats between two legends before Wimbledon semi-finals

Let’s take a look at the records of Spain’s Rafa Nadal and Switzerland’s Roger Federer before their semi-final match at Wimbledon on Friday

tennis Updated: Jul 12, 2019 13:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Delhi
File photo of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer from the 2008 Wimbledon finals.
File photo of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer from the 2008 Wimbledon finals.(REUTERS)
         

One of the biggest matches in tennis is going to take place on Friday at Wimbledon. Old rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will renew their rivalry when they face each other in the semi-final of the Wimbledon Championships. Before the big semi-final, let’s take a look at the records of Spain’s Rafa Nadal and Switzerland’s Roger Federer before their semi-final match at Wimbledon on Friday (prefix number denotes seeding):

3- RAFA NADAL

Age: 33

ATP Ranking: 2 (Highest ranking: 1)

Grand Slam titles: 18 (Australian Open 2009; French Open 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019; Wimbledon 2008, 2010; U.S. Open 2010, 2013, 2017)

2018 Wimbledon performance: Semi-finals

Best Wimbledon performance: Winner (2008, 2010)

Sets dropped at Wimbledon 2019: 1

Nadal seems to have come into the championships well rested and has sailed through his draw in his quest for a third title at the All England Club.

The Spaniard has dropped only one set so far -- in the second round against Nick Kyrgios -- and will take confidence from his superior head-to-head record against Federer as they meet at the tournament for the first time since he beat the Swiss in the 2008 final.

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2- ROGER FEDERER

Age: 37

ATP Ranking: 3 (Highest ranking: 1)

Grand Slam titles: 20 (Australian Open 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018; French Open 2009; Wimbledon 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017; U.S. Open 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

2018 Wimbledon performance: Quarter-finals

Best Wimbledon performance: Winner (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017)

Sets dropped at Wimbledon 2019: 2

Federer has looked in pristine form at the tournament this year, smashing more than 200 winners and 42 aces in all as he became the first man to win 100 matches at a single Grand Slam when he beat Kei Nishikori in the quarter-final in four sets.

The 37-year-old Swiss does have a better record against Nadal on grass and he has beaten his arch rival in the final twice before at Wimbledon in 2006 and 2007, and in five of the last six meetings between the pair on all surfaces.

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HEAD TO HEAD: NADAL LEADS 24-15

Last five meetings

2019 Nadal beat Federer 6-3 6-4 6-2 (French Open, clay)

2017 Federer beat Nadal 6-4 6-3 (Shanghai, hard)

2017 Federer beat Nadal 6-3 6-4 (Miami, hard)

2017 Federer beat Nadal 6-2 6-3 (Indian Wells, hard)

2017 Federer beat Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 (Australian Open, hard)

(with agency inputs)

First Published: Jul 12, 2019 13:45 IST

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