By Chris Oddo/ Friday, August 16, 2013
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will renew their storied rivalry on Friday evening in Cincinnati at the Western and Southern Open quarterfinals. In other words, today is a holiday for tennis fans. No matter the tournament, the round that they meet, or the form that each is in leading up to the match, when Roger and Rafa get together, it's cause for celebration.
Here's a peek inside the numbers of their rivalry:
29: Number of Grand Slams won by Federer and Nadal combined. That's a lot of hardware. Friday's match marks the first time that 29 Grand Slam titles have shared the same court in an ATP match.
20-10: Nadal holds a significant edge in the series, thanks to his dominant 13-2 record against Federer on clay.
6-6: Federer's record against Nadal on hard courts, the surface on which the pair will do battle this evening.
5: Number of fifth sets they've played. Nadal owns a 3-2 record in five-setters vs. Federer, including the 2008 Wimbledon final, considered by many to be the greatest match of all time.
20: Number of tiebreaks the pair have played. They've split, 10-10, with Federer winning the only tiebreaker that went beyond seven points. Federer won the fourth-set tiebreak in the 2008 Wimbledon final, 10-8.
23: Number of times the winner of the first set has gone on to win, including 17 of the last 19 meetings.
25,068,771: Total number of likes amassed by the two tennis icons. Roger is currently in the lead by 1,392,191 likes.
10: Number of different countries Federer and Nadal have played a tour-level match in (England: 5), (France: 5), (U.S.: 6), (Monaco: 3), (Spain: 3), (Australia: 2), (China: 2), (Germany: 2), (Italy: 2), (United Arab Emirates: 1)
45: Masters 1000 titles owned by the pair. Nadal won his 24th Masters title last week in Canada. Federer won his last Masters title in Cincinnati last year.
135: Titles won by Federer and Nadal. Federer has 77, Nadal 58.
404: Number of weeks at No. 1 by Federer and Nadal combined. Federer leads all ATP players past and present at 302 weeks at No. 1. Nadal has held the ATP top spot for 102 weeks.
4: Number of bagel sets in their 30 previous matches. Federer has three (2006 Wimbledon, 2007 Hamburg, 2011 World Tour Finals) and Nadal has one (2008 Roland Garros).
2: Number of times they will have met in the quarterfinals of a tournament after today. Federer and Nadal have played 20 finals, seven semifinals, one round robin, and one round of 32 match thus far.
74,000: Number of times the pair cracked up while filming this promo for a charity match.