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

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.

 

Famous Swedish male tennis player: Mats Wilander

Famous Swedish male tennis player: Mats Wilander

Famous and legendary male tennis player, Mats Wilander is a Swedish tennis player born on August 22, 1964. His exemplary and impeccable game play helped him endeavor the World No. 1 rank. From 1982-1988, Mats Wilander with his top-notch performances won seven Grand Slam singles titles and one men’s double Grand Slam title. In year 1988, Mats Wilander won three of the four Grand Slams and ranked World No. 1.Although Mats never won the Wimbledon singles title, but he did win the Australian Open title twice when it was still being played on the grass court. For this reason, Mats Wilander is one of the five men (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors) who won the singles titles on hard courts, grass courts and clay courts. Rafael Nadal and Mats Wilendar are the only two tennis players to have won at least 2 Grand Slam singles’ titles on each of 3 surfaces. Windler won his fourth tennis Grand Slam singles title at the age of 20 which made him the youngest tennis player to achieve this milestone in the history of tennis. Some other career highlights and records of best Swedish male tennis player, Mats Wilander are:

1)      Major titles won by Mats Wilander are:

  1. Australian Singles titles: 1983, 1984, 1988
  2. French Singles titles: 1982, 1985, 1988
  3. US Singles titles: 1988
  4. Wimbledon doubles: 1986

2)      Davis Cup, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 with a record 36-14 in singles and 7-2 in doubles.

3)      Singles record in the Grand Slams: Australian (36-7), Wimbledon (25-10), French (47-9) and US (36-11)

4)      Mats Wilnder is the only player to have achieve the World No. 1 rank after winning the most number of Grand Slams.

5)      Mats Wilendar shares the record of appearing in three consecutive Australian Open finals with Ivan Lendl

Famous male tennis player: Andy Murray

Famous male tennis player: Andy Murray

Famous male tennis player Andy Murray, a professional tennis player from Britain, is currently ranked at number four by the World Tennis Association. Andy has achieved the highest rank of number two in 2009. in 2009, Andy Murray won the best six titles of ATP World Tour which earned him the highest ranking of his career. During this time, Andy lost the plot in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Grand Slam and was dropped back to third. He is the highest ranked British tennis player after Fred Perry. Andy Murray fought into the top ten ranking in April, 2007 and in 2008, he finished as runner up in the U.S. Open against Roger Federer. But, he hasn’t won any Grand Slams. In 2010, Andy Murray made to his first ever Grand Slam in Australian Open where he qualified due to the knee injury of Nadal as Nadal retired in the match.He became the only British tennis player after John Lloyd to reach the final of Australian Open. After Agassi, Andy Murray became the first player to win the Canadian titles back to back. In En route, Andy Murray became the 5th player to defeat famous male tennis players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the same tournament.

Andy’s game is more suitable to the hard court (which has reflected in his results). But he has worked very hard to improve his performance on a clay court. Being a local British boy, he always gets huge fan support at Wimbledon. Andy Murray is known to play defensive counter punch and according to his coach “He is the best counter-puncher” on the tour. The greatest shot played by Murray is the ground stroke with a minimal error-rate and he has the uncanny ability to anticipate the ball. He has an ability to come from defense to offense with astonishing speed and that allows him to play winners from a defensive situation. He generally plays the slow game and suddenly changes the speed of the shot to give shock to the opponents. His first service is his greatest strength and he is known to construct points on the court.

The Australian Open Tennis Tournament

by on April 1, 2009
in Grandslams

 

The Australian Open Tennis Tournament

One of the four Grand Slams to be held every year, the Australian Open, is held at Melbourne Park where the top tennis players from round the world compete with each other. The Australian Open tennis tournament is the first of the Grand Slams to be held in a calendar year. It is generally played every year in January in Melbourne Park where the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters come out to play. The Australian Open tennis tournament was first played in 1905 and it has completed a 100 years of its existence. Up to 1987, over a period of 82 years, the Australian Open was played on grass courts. The revised format of the tournament saw the surface being changed to hard courts in 1988. There are a variety of competitions which are held at the championship. These include Men’s singles, Women’s singles, Men’s doubles, Women’s doubles and finally Mixed doubles, apart from the junior’s singles and doubles. 

Mats Wilander holds the distinction of being the only tennis player to win the tournament on both types of surface. The two primary courts where all the main tennis matches are played are the Rod Laver Arena and the Hisense Arena. They are the first tennis stadiums in the world which have retractable roofs which can be shut down and opened according to the weather. This tournament has seen a lot of high-quality tennis over the past few years with the main two contenders being Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the men’s tourney.