By Chris Oddo/ Saturday, October 5, 2013
On the eve of their 38th head-to-head clash, we go inside the numbers of the Nadal-Djokovic rivalry.
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On the eve of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's heavily anticipated U.S. Open final, we go inside the numbers.
The numbers of times that Nadal and Djokovic will have met after Sunday, which will be the most of any two players in Open Era history. More than:
McEnroe v. Lendl (36, Lendl leads 21-15)
Becker v. Edberg (35, Becker leads 25-10 )
Lendl v. Connors (35, Lendl leads 22-13)
Sampras v. Agassi (34, Sampras leads 20-14)
McEnroe vs. Connors (34, McEnroe leads 20-14)
The combined number of weeks that Nadal and Djokovic have spent at No. 1 as of this week. Nadal has 102 and Djokovic has 101. That will change next week when Nadal takes over to spend his 103rd week at No. 1.
Nadal's record against Djokovic after winning their last three matches (Roland Garros, Montreal, U.S. Open).
The number of winning streaks of three more more matches that Rafael Nadal has put together against Novak Djokovic. He has won the last three.
The number of finals that the pair have contested. Nadal leads 9-8, but Djokovic leads 4-3 in hard court finals.
The duration, in minutes, of the pair's longest best-of-three set match. Nadal defeated Djokovic, 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(9) in the 2009 Madrid final.
Djokovic's career record in Beijing. He has three titles and has only lost three sets in the Chinese capital. Only Fernando Verdasco and Michael Berrer have ever finagled a set from him.
The longest winning streak in their rivalry. Djokovic started the streak at Indian Wells in 2011, and he won his seventh straight match against Nadal at the Australian Open final in 2012. Since then, Nadal has won six of seven.
Djokovic’s record against Nadal on hard courts, but Nadal has taken the last two.
The number of strokes that Nadal and Djokovic played in this ridiculous rally during their 2013 U.S. Open final.
Nadal’s record against Djokovic in tiebreakers.
The date the Djokovic and Nadal played their first tour-level match. Djokovic retired after dropping the first two sets in the 2006 French Open quarterfinals.
Nadal’s ATP ranking after the final, regardless of the outcome.
Number of Grand Slam finals that the pair have played. They have split the six, with Nadal winning the last two.
Nadal’s record in deciding sets against Djokovic. Nadal won the first four, then dropped three in a row, including the five-hour and 53-minute Australian Open final, but the Spaniard has since recovered to defeat Djokovic in five sets in this year’s Roland Garros semis and in three sets at this year’s Montreal Masters.
The number of consecutive wins that Nadal has notched on a hard court, the longest such streak of his career.
Remarkably, Djokovic is the only man to own three or more Grand Slam victories against Nadal. Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Murray each own two.