Roger Federer Opens Up on Rivalry with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Monday, November 10th, 2014 | 0

17-tim Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer, has had some intense on-court rivalries. Be it Pete Sampras, Tim Henman, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic; the Swiss has always strived to keep the spectators amused with some gripping tennis. At this point in time, Federer faces the strongest competition from Djokovic and Nadal.

Albeit Federer trails the head-to-head record against Nadal 10-23, the duo have featured in some beguiling matches in the last 10 years that shaped up a rivalry of their own.

“I feel a special connection towards Rafa just because we did have a very strong, intense rivalry for many years, starting in 2004 maybe,” Federer was quoted as saying by “Especially we played each other that many times in finals of slams, which hasn’t been the case with the other players as much.”

Federer’s on-court rivalry with top-ranked Djokovic has been evenly spellbinding in the last few years, with the victor mostly emerging from the contest of nerves.

“I know (against) Novak, the matches and the rivalry is nice. I really enjoy playing against him.  It’s very evenly matched,” Federer told of Djokovic, against whom he leads the head-to-head record 19-17.

“I played him more often probably in semis than in finals most likely. I don’t know if that’s true, but that’s kind of how it felt like.”


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