The Federer–Nadal rivalry (known by some as Fedal) is between two professional tennis players, Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain. They are currently engaged in a storied rivalry, which many consider to be the greatest in tennis history. They have played 34 times, most recently in the 2015 Swiss Indoors final, and Nadal leads their twelve-year-old rivalry with an overall record of 23–11.
Federer and Nadal are the only pair of men to have finished six consecutive calendar years as the top two ranked players on the ATP Tour, which they did from 2005–10. This included a record 211 consecutive weeks sharing the top two rankings from July 2005 to August 2009.
Of their 34 matches, 15 have been on clay, 16 have been on hard court, and three have been on grass. The results of their matches are somewhat polarized by playing surface. Federer has a winning record on grass (2–1), while Nadal leads on clay (13–2). Nadal also has the edge over Federer on hard courts (9–7), with Nadal having won 8 of 10 matches on outdoor hard courts and Federer claiming 5 of 6 matches on indoor hard courts. Nadal also leads the head-to-head of their 11 Grand Slam matches (9–2), with five of these wins on the clay courts of Roland Garros, and both losses on grass at Wimbledon.
As tournament seedings are based on rankings, with the top two seeds placed on opposite sides of the draw, 21 of Nadal and Federer’s 34 matches have been in tournament finals, including an all-time record nine Grand Slam finals and 10 Masters Series finals. Another nine have been semifinals, two have been quarterfinals, with only two taking place before the last-8 stage. In 27 matches out of 34 between Nadal and Federer, the winner of the first set won the match.
From 2006 to 2008, they played in every French Open and Wimbledon final. Their 2008 Wimbledon final was lauded as the greatest match ever by many long-time tennis analysts.
Today when they meet in Australian Open final it will be an epic encounter as the two of the greatest players will face-off again to prove their supremacy.