How does it feel to head into a time you never wanted to? To think about the future and realizing something that you had wished never happens, is slowing being turned into reality by father time. To imagine tennis without the man from Basel and the guy from Manacor.
That last line alone, is enough to petrify any tennis fan. Two of the most loved personalities, let alone tennis players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are in the twilight of their illustrious careers. Are they done winning majors? Probably a final story remains to be told and oh boy, we wish it’s the best chapter of their record books.

But one thing is certain, a future without these two icons is nearing us, like never before.
For the first time since 2003, neither of them is among the top 5 players of the world. Federer is already resting since his Wimbledon appearance while Rafa is no longer threatening on court, this somehow makes 2017 a very interesting year to look forward to. And we hope it brings some joy rather than heartbreaks.
The world is already visiting the nostalgic memory lanes, cherishing what they witnessed over the major part of last decade, in hopes of witnessing some more in the coming year ow two. Much has been made about their greatest matches but just like every superhero has an origin story – Isn’t it fitting that we also look at the formation years of this gigantic rivalry? Here goes. The Matador against The Swiss Maestro. The two giants squared off for the first time on the 29th of March and have met multiple times since.

PARIS - JUNE 02: Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain stand side by side as they pose for photos prior to their semi-final match tomorrow during the eleventh day of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 2, 2005 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain stand side by side as they pose for photos prior to their semi-final match of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 2, 2005 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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