Some interesting stats and similarities between the Federer/Nadal rivalry and Borg/McEnroe rivalry. Nadal is 5 years younger than Federer and McEnroe is younger than Borg by 3 years. Federer and Nadal both listed as 6'1". Federer - right handed. Nadal - left handed. Borg and McEnroe both listed as 5'11". Borg - right handed. McEnroe - left handed. McEnroe came into the scene when Borg was already a legend on tour. Same scenario with Nadal winning his first slam title in 05, second year into Federer's domination. One of Borg's biggest obstacles of winning the US Open was McEnroe, lost two straight finals to the American in 80' and 81'. Nadal has been Federer's only roadblock in winning the French Open for 3 straight finals. 1980 US Open final Borg lost to McEnroe in 5 sets. 7-6 6-1 6-7 5-7 6-4. 2007 Roland Garros Federer lost to Nadal in 4 sets. 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4. 1980 Wimbledon Borg was pushed by McEnroe to 5 sets but eventually prevailled Grass F Borg 1-6 7-5 6-3 6-7 8-6. 2007 Wimbledon Federer beat Nadal in a close 5 set final. Grass F Federer 7-6(7) 4-6 7-6(3) 2-6 6-2 1981 US Open final, Borg's 4th attempt at securing the USO title was once again unsuccessful by name of John McEnroe. And the score indicated a much more convincing defeat. NY, U.S.A. Hard F McEnroe 4-6 6-2 6-4 6-3. 2008 Roland Garros final, Federer's 4th bite at the French cherry ended in the least competitive score by Federer in as many attempts. Clay F Nadal 6-1 6-3 6-0 1981 Wimbledon final. McEnroe finally conquered Borg after a close loss the previous year. England Grass F McEnroe 4-6 7-6 7-6 6-4 2008 Wimbledon - ? History favors a Nadal win in 4 sets. (However, hasn't Federer been rewriting history all these years?) At age 26 and with 11 slam titles, Borg retired after losing the 1981 US Open final to McEnroe. Many say, his retirement to a degree was due to the rise of John McEnroe. McEnroe went on to win 2 more Wimbledon titles. At age 26 and 12 slam titles, Federer admitts he has a "Nadal Complex". Disclaimer: I'm a Federer fan and I hope history doesn't repeat itself.