Going over to the world of professional tennis, we can’t help but compare the two players currently on top. Swiss Roger Federer has been the world’s number one since 2004 and has earned the honor of being one of the most elite of the world’s greatest male tennis players. Spaniard Rafael Nadal has been ranked number 2 since 2005, and is best known for his consecutive wins and overwhelming power on clay.
Where do we start? Roger Federer has been number one since 2004. It is pretty much obvious that he’s won a lot of championships and has a great collection of golden cups and silver platters.
Federer has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles (second-most of any male player, tied with Roy Emerson), three Tennis Masters Cup titles, and 14 ATP Masters Series titles. He has won three Grand Slam singles titles in a calendar year a record three times (in 2004, 2006 and 2007). He holds the male record of ten consecutive Grand Slam singles final appearances and the only male player to have played in the finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments for two consecutive years. By winning Wimbledon in 2007, Federer also tied Björn Borg’s open era record of five consecutive Wimbledon championships. He is the only player ever to have won both Wimbledon and U.S. Open for four consecutive years.
Clay court king and world’s number two Nadal has a rough style of playing, different from Federer’s soft approach, that has given him a distinct advantage when playing.
He is a three-time Grand Slam champion, having won three consecutive French Open singles titles (2005-07), and has twice been a runner-up at Wimbledon (2006-07). Nadal is undefeated in his career at the French Open, having won all 21 matches he has played en route to his three championships. He also holds the longest winning streak among male players on a single surface in the open era. From April 2005 to May 2007, he won a record 81 consecutive clay court matches, before being defeated by World Number One, Roger Federer, in the 2007 Hamburg Masters final.