Is Rafael Nadal Widely Popular Than Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic? Staggering Metric Shows Hidden Reality

Published 02/04/2024, 4:28 AM EST

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When it comes to the legends of tennis, there’s hardly anyone who’s had an impact on the sport quite like the Big 3 in the game. Making their mark in the tennis world, both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal started the era of dominance which was further continued by the addition of a third member, Novak Djokovic. While some adored the Swiss great, some admired the Spaniard and some had Djokovic as their idol. But as it stands? The question surrounding their fan following has always been in question.

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As it stands, the answer is finally out and recent stats suggest that Rafael Nadal is widely recognized star than his peer rivals. But, where do they stand? Let’s find out!

Rafael Nadal tops the fan following chart and defeats rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

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In a recent revelation, Rafael Nadal has come out on top when it comes to having a social media following. The Spaniard, who shares the stage with two other rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic certainly surpassed them in the head-to-head stats in the followers’ list. Currently standing at 20.9 million flowers, he topped the chart. He was then followed by American icon Serena Williams who stood tall with 17.1 million followers.

When it comes to his rival Roger Federer, he stood way behind the Spanish sensations he had 12.1 million followers to his name. On the other hand, Novak Djokovic was ahead of the Swiss legend but behind the Spaniard. The Serbian legend had 14.3 million followers on his official Instagram account.

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Rafael Nadal is the only tennis player with more than 20 million followers on Instagram. Surprising that even Roger Federer and Serena Williams don’t have more than 20 million followers.
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Thus, when it comes to popularity in tennis, Rafael Nadal certainly topped his rivals as he had a far better fan following on his Instagram account as compared to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

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While he is not only the most followed person on Instagram, Rafael Nadal has showcased complete supremacy and conquered the social media charts.

Nadal tops the overall social media fan following

Rafael Nadal has topped the overall charts for the most followers of a tennis player. On Twitter as well, Nadal topped Federer as Nadal had 15.6 million followers as compared to Federer’s 12.6 million followers to his name, thereby shedding complete dominance.

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Djokovic, on the other hand, who had a better following than Roger Federer on his Instagram fell behind the Swiss star as he had 9.2 million followers to his name. Thus, when it comes to the Big 3, all three players have created a huge impact in the world of sports. However, when it comes to their fanbase, Rafael Nadal has certainly been out on the top.

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Akshat Gaur

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In a world where player rivalries dominate social media conversations, I am someone who prefers to enjoy the skills showcased on the court rather than be involved in feuds over the greatness of players. Right from my early childhood, I have been engrossed by the legendary rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. It turned me into a ?Fedal? fan and eventually, when I graduated from college, this fandom created an interest in covering their exploits on the court.
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