Three Major Tennis Rivalries Marked in 2015 – Novak Versus Roger and Andy, Rafa Against…
We have seen some truly great matches in 2015, a year that was dominated by Serbian Novak Djokovic. Although he won three of four Grand Slams and clinched the first position in the ATP ranking, his opponents made it as hard as possible for him. Let’s look at major tennis rivalries of 2015.
Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer – The Swiss is close to the retirement, but he plays as good as ever. However, Djokovic has proved to be better during 2015. They met on eight occasions, of which seven finals. Serbian won five of them, including winning in Wimbledon and US Open finals, as well as celebrating the win in the last match of the season – in ATP World Tour Finals. The most important win for Federer was the one on Cincinnati Masters when he stopped Djokovic from completing Career Golden Masters. Both players agree that their rivalry has developed greatly and look forward to their future matches.
Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray – Both of these players were born within a week in 1987, and they were pronounced one of major tennis rivalries of 2015. They played each other seven times during last year, with Murray winning only once, in Montreal Masters final. However, in most of the matches, he gave Djokovic a hard time, especially during Australian Open final, and Roland Garros semifinal, which Serbian won after five sets. It also remains noted that Djokovic has won two sets against Murray in 2015 without losing a single gem.
Rafael Nadal vs. Fabio Fognini – Spanish player has had a tough year, so he didn’t get a lot of opportunities to face Djokovic or Federer. However, one of the unexpected major tennis rivalries of 2015 emerged from that, as Nadal encountered Fabio Fognini total of five times. The Italian gave Rapha a hard time, and his biggest win was on US Open in the fourth round, when he won after five sets. Fognini announced that he will trouble Nadal during Rio Open in February when he came back from a set down to win, and won again in Barcelona. Actually, Nadal one just once in his three encounters on clay, in Hamburg final.