The Federer/Djokovic Rivalry: A Few Observations

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--Djokovic never had a lead in the rivalry until 2016
--The number of sets won is currently even at 43!
--Fed has only two straight set slam victories over Nole (2007 AO and 2009 USO) and Nole only has four (AO 2008, 2011, 2020 and FO 2012)
--Fed is literally three points away from having an edge in the H2H.
--Rivalry absurdly competitive outside of AO
 
The most diverse rivalry of all time. Nadal has ever had a clear upper hand on clay against both

Novak vs. Roger, you could never grasp the result, on any surface in any tournament.

Not to mention their friction outside/inside the court has been transferred to their fans too. Fed x Djoker battles were epic on social media, tennis clubs and bar/bbq debates. That says a lot about it too, since the beginning (2006) a true rivals rivalry so to speak.
 
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--Djokovic never had a lead in the rivalry until 2016
--The number of sets won is currently even at 43!
--Fed has only two straight set slam victories over Nole (2007 AO and 2009 USO) and Nole only has four (AO 2008, 2011, 2020 and FO 2012)
--Fed is literally three points away from having an edge in the H2H.
--Rivalry absurdly competitive outside of AO
Federer also won in straight sets at the 2007 US Open.
 

Kralingen

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I generally like this one the best despite the lack of true epics the others have. It’s the best rivalry from a tactical evolution standard and I believe forces both to reach the upper limit of their tennis IQ and precision to win points. Nadal and Federer I find mostly play points with the same few patterns. I think Nike convinced a lot of people into thinking Fedal was the peak of tennis (it certainly had its moments) but it can get visibly gimmicky for long stretches which I dislike.

I think the H2H favors Roger given his old age in a lot of these, but he did seem to struggle with pre-2011 Djokovic so I believe these matches would be competitive at any time. The H2H also includes 3 epic choke/saves, I go back and forth on which one played more of a factor in all 3 of them.

Damn I’m going to be upset when these guys retire. It feels like they may never play again either.
 

socallefty

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The most enjoyable matches to watch. They both bash the ball on the rise from just inside the baseline giving each other hardly any time to recover and yet they play quite a few long rallies - watching them at Indian Wells on a slow hard court is like watching a video game that somehow has become reality.
 
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