Greatest rivalry in tennis history

Greatest rivalry

  • Laver-Rosewall

    Votes: 3 2.8%
  • Borg-McEnroe

    Votes: 8 7.3%
  • Lendl-McEnroe

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sampras-Agassi

    Votes: 6 5.5%
  • Federer-Nadal

    Votes: 44 40.4%
  • Federer-Djokovic

    Votes: 7 6.4%
  • Nadal-Djokovic

    Votes: 34 31.2%
  • other

    Votes: 7 6.4%

  • Total voters
    109

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
I know op gave that option, but we are talking about rivalry, not one player destroying other most of times...
Nadal was Fed's ONLY rival, which in itself made it a rivalry by default. Fed held him off at Wimby twice in the peak of the rivalry, and every match was a must-see event, like tennis hasn't seen since. The last slam that had that "I have to see this" feel was AO17 final, and they were both 30 plus.
 

beard

Hall of Fame
Nadal was Fed's ONLY rival, which in itself made it a rivalry by default. Fed held him off at Wimby twice in the peak of the rivalry, and every match was a must-see event, like tennis hasn't seen since. The last slam that had that "I have to see this" feel was AO17 final, and they were both 30 plus.
10-4, but ok
I understand why you love this "rivalry", I love Novak vs Federer in similar way...
 

beard

Hall of Fame
I liked it bc it felt like a big deal and had people talking that didn't even watch tennis. I knew people that would watch their matches bc they heard of them, etc
Yes, you are media hype victim... It's understandable, nothing to shame of, many fallen on that as you mention in your post... Off course, there were great matches, but some other real rivalries are better...
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
It is probably Borg McEnroe since tennis was a superstar thing back then. We are talking Lady Diana fandom. But that is long time ago now and belongs to former pro player section.
I think @Lew II would have a more decent poll if you posted it there, since it’s more posters there who knows and have watched more tennis than in here where most started to watch tennis late, after Fedal rivalries even started.
 

ND-13

Rookie
Fed-Nadal and Fed-Djokovic are classics

Nadal-Djokovic has some great matches like Madrid , FO, Canada but in general it has always been a long stretch of matches won easily won by one player with easy predictability . It has not been a rivalry in HC for ages now.
 

1stVolley

Professional
I would have voted for McEnroe-Borg but the rivalry was relatively short-lived. Djokovic-Nadal was probably the longest in the Open Era (in terms of number of encounters) but it didn't get IMHO the same press as Nadal-Federer--for example the 2008 Wimbledon final.
 

Lew II

Legend
It is probably Borg McEnroe since tennis was a superstar thing back then. We are talking Lady Diana fandom. But that is long time ago now and belongs to former pro player section.
I think @Lew II would have a more decent poll if you posted it there, since it’s more posters there who knows and have watched more tennis than in here where most started to watch tennis late, after Fedal rivalries even started.
What if in the former player section people didn't watch current tennis?
 

thrust

Hall of Fame
Damn you got there just before me.

in the men’s game, it’s between Laver - Rosewall (for number of matches and kick starting the Open Era), Borg - McEnroe (for its iconic nature) and Federer - Nadal (no explanation required).
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Pre Open Era- Laver-Rosewall, Gonzalez-Rosewall
Open Era- Djokovic-Nadal, Djokovic-Federer
 
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