On March 28, 2004, a promising young Spanish beat a Swiss who had been the No. 1 in the world for a month. It was the first showdown of 40 between two of tennis’s greatest legends: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Seventeen years later, the rivalry continues and they are the top two Grand Slam tournament winners with 20 titles each. Roger is 39 years old and Rafa is 34.
In that first meeting in Miami 2004, Nadal won by a double 6-3. The manacorí is ahead of His Majesty by 24-16 and his last official match was in the semifinals of Wimbledon 2019, with victory for Federer by 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3 and 6-4.