Now that we are well versed with the beginning and evolution of the rivalry, we take a further look by diving into the recent years of this immense Roger Federer Vs Rafael Nadal rivalry as we talk about how the things shaped up since 2010.
2010-14 – THE ECLIPSE
With Nadal ending the 2009 season plagued by knee injury, 2010 saw a return of the triumphant Spaniard in a dominating fashion as he won 3 of the 4 Grand Slams.
But as time passed, the Nadal-Federer finals became rarer and rarer to see, a good thing for some of the new stars. And the credit of eclipsing the Nadal-Federer finals and overpowering era of the two. 2010 was the last year for the two as they reserved the top 2 spots to their name. With the rise Novak Djokovic in 2011, the finals between the two became scarce than ever as the Nole emerged triumphant in 3 of the 4 majors held that year.
In the period, Federer managed to win just one Grand Slam title in addition to the 2012 Wimbledon win against Djokovic.
Though the finals meetings looked thin on the ground, the two had their share of meetings in the regular but high-profile matches. Federer wasn’t able to handle the force in Nadal and succumbed to the Spaniard as he won the French Open final in four sets in 2011 including the semis win at the Melbourne in 2012 and 2014.
This was a downfall of Federer and the rise of Djokovic, Andy Murray and Nadal. Djokovic and Murray posed to be a constant threat to the King of Clay but still Nadal emerged triumphant in 8 Grand Slams in the period. This was way more than Federer as he bagged just 2.
Federer was being eclipsed by the rising stars in the game and this was a proof to it.
Federer wins: 3
Nadal wins: 10
2015-16 – THE END OF AN ERA?
Federer wins: 1
Nadal wins: 0
Federer Grand Slams: 0
Nadal Grand Slams: 0
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2017 – THE RISE OF A NEW ERA
After both Nadal and Federer ended their respective 2016 seasons with injuries that forced them out of the courts for a considerable amount of time, it was 2017 when the two rose to the occasion and revitalised themselves in the game.
Federer started off 2017 with a Grand Slam win at Australian Open and surprisingly at the cost of Rafael Nadal. It was a 5 set thriller that saw the Swiss thump the Spaniard, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, marking his presence felt in the game once again.
Not only, Australia but the Swiss went on outclass the Spaniard twice again at Indian Wells Masters and Miami Open finals. It was the first time in many years that Federer had prevailed over the Spaniard more than Nadal has over Federer in the calendar year.
With Federer winning the Australian Open, he decided to take a break from tennis in order to be fit for his favourite grass court spell. He skipped the clay court session and the French open as well, a period that saw the rise of Rafael Nadal who secured his decima at Barcelona, Monte Carlo masters and French Open as well.
Federer returned in action at the Stuttgart Open but took the exit route early in the first round itself. But Halle Open served to fruitful for the Swiss before entering the Wimbledon. Federer eventually went on to win the Wimbledon 2017, marking a record 8th Wimbledon title win and a record 19 Grand Slam title wins as well.
Nadal, despite of being in a red-hot form from the clay season, he was ousted in the Round of 16 at All England Tennis Club. The two will now be competing on high note at the US Open 2017 due to start on 28th of August, 2017.
STATS OF 2017 TILL DATE:
Federer wins: 3
Nadal wins: 0
Federer Grand Slams: 2
Nadal Grand Slams: 1