Greatest men tennis rivalries: Federer vs Nadal

Greatest men tennis rivalries: Federer vs Nadal

What does tennis in the 21st century reminds you of? Of course, none other than Federer and Nadal rivalry. After the Agassi vs Sampras greatest rivalry, Nadal and Federer have been able to captivate the audiences for longest hours, holding on to their breath for a thrilling and unexpected result. These two players have met many times on the court and played some of the best tennis matches of the history which definitely includes the 2008 Wimbledon final.

Famous and greatest tennis player Roger Federer was ranked number 1 for a record 237 consecutive weeks whereas Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal held this spot for 160 consecutive weeks. They are the only men in the open era, who have battled each other in eight Grand Slam finals, with Nadal having the big edge by winning six of the eight finals. This makes them the most challenging rivals of all time. Rafael Nadal is leading the table head-to-head 17–8. Nadal is dominant in French open by winning the title 5 times where as Federer has only won once. Over all, Federer has won the Grand Slam titles 16 times as compared to Nadal who has so far won 9 times. The overall comparison of both the players in terms of game and fitness level does not have much difference.

 

Nadal

Federer

Date of Birth:

June 3, 1986

August 8, 1981

Country:

Spain

Switzerland

Career Singles Titles:

32

63

Career Doubles Titles:

3

7

Career Prize Money:

$20 million

$56.9 million

Career record (singles):

242-61

717-171

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

Career record (doubles):

58-36

114-74

Highest ranking (doubles):

26

24

Roger Federer’s career statistics:

Rafael Nadal’s career statistics:

Nadal vs Federer rivalry

Best tennis rivalries: Boris Becker vs. Andre Agassi

Best tennis rivalries: Boris Becker vs. Andre Agassi

If it weren’t for Pete Sampras, Becvker and Agassi could have had a great rivalry. Initially both these players tried to rival Sampras but failed. Later, Agassi and Boris met many times on the court. Both these players had a loyal fan base and natural charisma. The classists loved Becker’s strong serve and rushing on to net while Andre Agassi was known for his ground strokes and flashy wardrobes.

One of the most controversial rivalries was among the two famous male tennis players, Boris Becker and Andre Agassi. Agassi won 60 singles titles in his career, and reached 30 other singles finals. Becker won 49 singles titles and reached 28 other finals. Becker and Agassi met each other 14 times on the ATP tour, including twice at Wimbledon. Agassi leads the table winning 10 of those matches. Both of them had the honor to achieve the career best ranking of World No 1. Becker and Agassi never met in the finals of a Grand Slam tournament, however. Both of these players during the career were often poised by giving controversial statements against each other.

Agassi

Becker

Date of Birth:

April 29, 1970

November 22, 1967

Country:

United States

Germany

Height:

5′ 11″ (180 cm)

6 ft 3 inch

Career Singles Titles:

60

49

Career Doubles Titles:

1

15

Career Prize Money:

$31 million

$25 million

Career record (singles):

870-274

713-214

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

Career statistics of Andre Agassi:

Career statistics of Boris Becker:

Not only their rivalry, but Agassi and Boris also had a controversial rivalry due to Boris’s blowing kisses on Shield, who was then seeing Andre Agassi. Agassi has mentioned many interesting stories in his book. Do check out!

 

The greatest tennis rivalries: Stefan Edberg vs Pete Sampras

The greatest tennis rivalries: Stefan Edberg vs Pete Sampras

The United States and Swedish tennis got stuck in a strong rivalry at the time of Pete Sampras and Stefan Edberg. Their rivalry ended 8 -6 to Sampras showing a crucial contest between them. Having won the Wimbledon tennis record seven times, gives Sampras a leading edge on Edberg. On the other hand Edberg has won this title twice. Although the Grand Slam titles of Edberg and Sampras show no rivalry but Edberg was known to contest till the end, giving hard time to his opponents. This made Sampras vs Edberg matches very interesting, thrilling and entertaining for the audiences.  Both were able to attain the highest ranking, No. 1 on the ATP rankings, with their convincing game. 

One commonality among both these players is their inability to win the French pen title. Both of them failed to win the French Open once. Famous male tennis player Edberg has the honor of being World No 1 in both singles and doubles making him one of the two men in history of tennis. Sampras however could not attain the No. 1 ranking in the doubles as he was pretty much focused on the Singles titles. 

 

Edberg

Sampras
Date of Birth:

January 19, 1966

August 12, 1971

Country:

Sweden

United States

Height:

6′ 2″

6 ft 1 inch

Career Singles Titles:

42

64

Career Doubles Titles:

18

2

Career Prize Money:

$20 million

$43 million

Career record (singles):

806-270

762-222

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

 

Stefan Edberg’s career statistics:

 

Pete Sampra’s career statistics:

Stefan with his absolutely impeccable play was able to make his mark in the history of tennis. His rivalry against Sampras is still remembered among the tennis fans.

 

The greatest tennis rivalries: Pete Sampras vs Roger Federer

The greatest tennis rivalries: Pete Sampras vs Roger Federer

One of the best comparisons of tennis history can be between the greatest players of all time, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras. Looking at their career records, their career achievements are almost same. The biggest edge that Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has is that, he is still continuing his career where as Sampras got retired in 2002. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament where Sampras has an edge over Federer, other than that, Federer has either equaled or had broken record in rest of the three tournaments. Although these two players never really got the chance to play against each other that often but Federer by breaking all possible records of Sampras turned it into a rivalry. Over all performances of both the players are somewhat same yet proving the great capabilities of both the players to the maximum. Here is some general information about Pete Sampras and Roger Federer:

 

Federer

Sampras

Date of Birth:

August 8, 1981

August 12, 1971

Country:

Switzerland

United States

Career Singles Titles:

63

64

Career Doubles Titles:

7

2

Turned Pro in:

1998

1988

Career Prize Money:

$56.9 million

$43 million

Career record (singles):

717-171

762-222

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

Career record (doubles):

40-42

64-70

Highest ranking (doubles):

123

27

 

Sampra’s career statistics:

 

Federer’s career statistics:

Sampras claimed 14 Grand Slam titles whereas Federer claimed 16 Grand Slam titles. In Federer’s 16 titles marathon, he won a French Open title as well which Sampras failed at achieving. One of the noticeable things about this French Open title is that Federer won this title to break the grand slam title record of Sampras. No wonder Federer is known as the King Federer.

 

The greatest tennis rivalries: Sampras vs Agassi

The greatest tennis rivalries: Sampras vs Agassi

Having a precise look at one of biggest rivalries of tennis circuit between the greatest tennis players Sampras and Agassi, our aim is to make the decision easy for our tennis lovers to have a clearer view of who has the edge between them? Sampras and Agassi for being from the same country, the USA not only enjoyed the tennis rivalry but also the an American vs American rivalry too. Both these players were able to rank No. 1 on the ATP rankings during their careers. Here is a comparison based on the career statistics of Sampras and Agassi:

Here are some general facts:

Players Agassi Sampras
Date of Birth: 29-Apr-70 12-Aug-71
Country: United States United States
Height: 5′ 11″ (180 cm) 6 ft 1 inch
Career Singles Titles: 60 64
Career Doubles Titles: 1 2
Career Prize Money: $31 million $43 million
Career record (singles): 870-274 762-222
Highest ranking (singles): 1 1

Sampras held the world’s No. 1 seat for a record 286 weeks while Agassi held it for 101 weeks. They faced each other 34 times, with Sampras having the edge by 20-14. Playing against each other in Grand Slam is the best way to judge both of them, and the stats again went in favor of Sampras leading the table by 4-1. But despite of this, they remained good friends.

Sampra’s career statistics:

Agassi’s career statistics:

Even though Sampras was and is considered as the legend of tennis but one can notice from the statistics that he was never able to show his ability on clay court and didn’t win even a single title at French Open. Agassi however was able to claim only one French Open title in his career.

 

Martina vs. Evert-The Greatest Women’s Wimbledon Rivalry?

Martina vs. Evert-The Greatest Women’s Wimbledon Rivalry?

The epic battles fought at Wimbledon between two greatest ever women tennis players are enough to create a rivalry, as much between their fans as between the players. One of the greatest rivalries in the tournaments history, at least in the opinion of many, was the ongoing feud for dominance between famous female tennis players Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert (Lloyd). Evert was a great player on the baseline, while Martina had what many consider the finest serve-volley game in the sport’s history. Their personalities even seemed to conflict. Still, both were players of the highest caliber and those privileged to watch these two tennis titans wage their on-court battles got more than their money’s worth.

The two played against one another eight times beginning in 1973 and running through 1988. The rivalry, if it had a beginning, began at Wimbledon in 1978. She won her first single’s title there, taking that honorific away from Chris Evert. In the 80s, their rivalry became a focal point of the world of professional tennis. If the two were in a tournament, the hottest tickets were those that would seat you at one of their matches. Their on-court sparring and off court sniping, instead of driving away fans, seemed to intrigue them. The fan base for tennis, overall, underwent major growth during the height of the greatest tennis Evert-Navratilova rivalry.

In the course of their rivalry, the two faced off in fourteen Grand Slam finals, and Evert lost ten of them. Navratilova holds a 47-37 lead over Evert for their total count. Martina, best on grass and Evert better on clay, often seemed to be victimized by the playing surfaces of the tournaments. While Martina did wallop Chris 5-0 in Wimbledon (grass), it is important to remember that Chris managed to hold her own in other arenas using grass or artificial surfaces. In those instances, they tied at five all.

While they were often at odds on the court, and were perhaps not the best of friends off of them, the two had a mutual respect and admiration for one another. Their rivalry, and the media attention it received, inspired the aggressive style and dominant play of many of today’s great young women tennis players. So, in a way, we as tennis lovers ended up being the real winners.

Graff vs. Navratilova Rivalry at Wimbledon

Graff vs. Navratilova Rivalry at Wimbledon

When they came to Wimbledon in 1988, famous female tennis player Martina Navratilova arrived on the grass courts riding a wave of six consecutive women’s titles. Then, of course, she had also beaten the best tennis playerSteffi Graff the year before. While Graff carried a number one ranking, it still seemed, to many fans, to be a foregone conclusion that Martina would win again.

Martina did win the first set, 7-5 and her fans were ecstatic while Steffi’s faithful following were beginning to wonder if the young German player were under some sort of Wimbledon curse. After all, Steffi had just beaten the greatest ever tennis player Chris Evert at the Australian Open and then gone on to win the French Open, as well. Still, here was Martina Navratilova, winning the first two games of the second set and many of Graff’s fans began to expect a repeat of her previous year’s loss. Then, the tides took an abrupt turn. Steffi seemed to wake up and began to put her legendary forehand and that backhand slice to work. She won six games in a row and took the set 6-2.

Then, the two faced off for a final set. Graff shot out with a 5-1 lead over Martina who took a 40-love lead but with a pair of double-faults, the score came up deuce. Steffi then took the game, the set and the match. She had dethroned Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon and, unknowingly, yet another of tennis’ infamous rivalries had begun.

Famous German female tennis player Graff would repeat her win over Martina in the 1989 final and go on to win seven Wimbledon singles titles of her own. She never managed to equal Martina’s unmatched success at the prestigious British tournament, and the rivalry faded as the two drifted slowly towards retirement. Still, while it lasted, it made for some great tennis and matches between the two were always packed to capacity by fans that wanted to see what two of the greatest women players in history facing off was really like.

Federer vs. Nadal Rivalry At Wimbledon

Federer vs. Nadal Rivalry At Wimbledon

When two great players meet in a historic tournament, and only one can walk away a winner, you are privileged to do more than watch some of the greatest tennis ever played. You are witness to the birth of yet another legendary tennis rivalry. Such was the case when the two greatest and famous tennis players,  Rafael defeated Roger Federer in 2008 to interrupt Federer’s string of Wimbledon triumphs. But, in truth, the rivalry had begun long before that fateful moment.

They are, you must acknowledge, both extremely talented athletes with the sort of drive and determination that it takes to succeed in this sport, and at Wimbledon. True, Nadal is five year’s Federer’s junior, but that can translate as easily into Federer having five years more experience as a top player. They are the only two men to ever have completed five consecutive calendar years as the two top-ranked players on the ATP tour. Federer was number one for a record-breaking 237 weeks starting in February of 2004. Nadal, was right behind him at number two for 160 weeks starting in July of 2005.

Then they met in Wimbledon in 2008. Famous Swiss tennis player Federer’s defeat by Nadal stripped him of his number one ranking and the roles were reversed. Nadal, however, didn’t keep the number one spot too long. He was injured and while recuperating, slipped to number three for a while and then returned to the number two spot after winning against Federer in the Madrid Open in May of this year. His win at the French Open rocketed Nadal into first place once more.

Overall, Spanish tennis player, Nadal leads the contest 14 to 7. Tournament seedings are based upon rankings and seventeen of Federer and Nadal’s meetings have been in tournament finals, including seven of them in Grand Slam Finals. They have played one another in every French Open and in the Wimbledon Finals every year from 2006 to 2008, and met in the Australian Open tennis tournament in 2009. Nadal came away with wins in five of the seven, only losing their first two meetings at Wimbledon.

Their meeting in the 2008 Wimbledon final has been referred to as possibly the greatest men’s single’s final match in Wimbledon history. Whether you agree with that or not, you have to agree that this brewing rivalry ensures two top players are at their best each time they meet, and allows us to be sure of some excellent tennis to view at this year’s Wimbledon Tournament.

Agassi Vs. Sampras Wimbledon Rivalry

Agassi Vs. Sampras Wimbledon Rivalry

One of the greatest men’s singles rivalries in Wimbledon and professional tennis history burned fiercely between the two USA tennis players Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. Overall the pair met in the finals of major (Grand Slam) tournaments 34 times. Of these meetings, Sampras won 20 to Agassi’s 14, giving him an edge over Andre. In fact, Agassi’s only major tournament victory over Sampras came in the 2005 Australian Open, where he defeated his nemesis in an amazing four set match.

The two first met at the Grand Slam level of play in the 1990 US Open, where Agassi, with his number 4 in the world ranking, was favored. Agassi lost to Sampras in straight sets and the rivalry began to grow. Their next meeting in the 1992 French Open tennis tournament brought them head to head in the quarterfinals. This time, although Sampras was ranked higher, Agassi won. Then came Wimbledon, 1993, where Agassi was the defending champion, and Sampras cruised in with a very shiny new number one world ranking. This time Sampras took the match in five sets and went on to win the tournament.

The rivalry continued for years. Some of their more noteworthy matches included finals in the Australian Open, The Canadian Open and The US Open. They didn’t meet again at Wimbledon until 1999. Again Sampras won, this time in straight sets. That year, Sampras forfeited the number one ranking to Agassi when, being injured, he had to withdraw from the US Open.

They met only once in 2000 when Agassi defeated Sampras in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. The 2001 US Open offered them another chance to spar, again in the quarterfinals. Sampras defeated Agassi that year in a grueling match that featured no breaks of serve during the entire match. It was a moment in tennis history and fuel for the rivalry’s fire.

They didn’t meet in another final until the 2002 US Open. Sampras enjoyed a bittersweet victory over his long time rival in this match, as it would be his last ATP Singles career match.

Rivalries intrigue us, allow us to take sides and get involved. The attendance at tennis tournaments where rivals play is higher and the matches are often more volatile and interesting to watch. With this being the case, surely the rivalry between the greatest tennis players Sampras and Agassi was a winning one for the world of tennis.

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