Roger Federer Overthrows Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in a Unique Grand Slam Stat

Published 02/06/2022, 10:17 AM EST
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – NOVEMBER 20: Roger Federer of Switzerland smiles with fans during an exhibition game between Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer at Arena Parque Roca on November 20, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

The Tennis great trio Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic shared great records. Rafael Nadal was level with Swiss maestro and Serbian with 20 Grand Slam Championships. But after the 2022 Australian Open Win, he became 1st and only male player to hold 21 Grand Slams.

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One amongst the trios was always in the finals of the Grand Slam from 2005 French Open till 2016 French Open, with the rare exception of the 2014 US Open. It is a massive 12 years period for which these three players have ruled every surface of the Grand Slam.

Roger Federer more consistent than Nadal and Djokovic

Senior among the three- Roger, had more experience and Grand Slam opportunities than his strong competitors. He ties with Novak Djokovic for record 31 Finals appearances in Grand Slam since 1968 (Open Era of Tennis).

They both have won 20 (each) out of these 31 finals and joint second in the most Grand Slams win list. Though Spaniard Rafael Nadal showed a better strike rate, with 21 Grand Slam wins in 29 appearances. There is no wonder that he made most of it in the French Open, winning 13 out of 13 finals.

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But it is Roger Federer who managed to have consistency in his plays irrespective of the surface as he made 10 consecutive Majors finals between 2005 Wimbledon to 2007 US Open. He even won 8 of those finals, with just 2 French Open finals going to Rafa. Roger also managed to reach 8 consecutive finals on another occasion. (2006 Australian Open to 2007 US Open)

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 07: Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland embrace at the net after their mens singles semi-final match during Day thirteen of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 07, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

2-year pro-Rafa was getting the gist of the professional tournaments, while the Serb was very new to the ATP circuit. But then they both catch up early and make their mark on the Grand Slams. Rafael Nadal made his final debut in the 2005 French Open, and Joker reached the 2007 US Open Final.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his semi final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

The youngest one, Djokovic, was phenomenal in later years of the trio dominant years, making frequent finals appearances. Still, he managed 6 consecutive final appearances between 2015 Australian Open and the 2016 French Open.

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On the other hand, Nadal managed 5 consecutive finals from the 2011 French Open and 2012 French Open, winning only the Clay court finals out of those 5.

Nadal vs Federer vs Djokovic

The big 3 of tennis gave many memorable matches and finals. Nadal and Federer hold the record for the longest duration of 4 seasons staying, top-ranked players. In 24 Grand Slam Finals between two, Nadal has 14 wins. While, against Djokovic, he played 17 Grand Slam Finals, winning 10 of them.

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Younger Djokovic also has topped Roger 11 times in 17 Grand Slam Finals.

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Kunal Pradeep Chawda

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Kunal Chawda is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Holding a bachelors degree in IT engineering and masters in marketing, Kunal is obsessed with tennis, soccer and basketball. He has intensely followed sports since the year 2002 and also competed in his collegiate days.

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