Rivalries in Tennis has huge intensity, aggression and players bring a lot to the table. Fans throng along to witness their stars and enjoy their on-field rivalry. Many epic clashes has been featured under several rivalries over the years.
Let’s have a look at the top five rivalries of the professional era:
5. Ivan Lendl vs John McEnroe:
Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe has featured in several encounters which makes the fans go crazy. These two has faced each other 36 times in their career and Lendl leads the head to head record by registering 21 victories to McEnroe’s 15. The most epic match between these two took place at the French Open 1984 where Lendl came back from 2 sets down to emerge victorious. These two pair has won 24 titles and 5 grand slams on average which is amazing. Lendl has won 8 grand slams but he failed to capture Wimbledon and McEnroe has 7 grand slams to his name with French Open and Australian Open missing from his kitty.
4. Pete Sampras vs Andre Agassi:
Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi is one of the most popular rivalry in Tennis. These two Americans has faced each other for 34 times and not surprisingly so Pete Sampras leads their head to head record winning 20 and Agassi winning 14. However, Agassi managed to win only one match in grand slam events with Sampras winning four of them. The American pair has won 20 titles and 6 grand slams on average. Sampras has 14 slams to his name with Agassi winning 8. Agassi managed to win a career slam whereas Sampras couldn’t.
3. Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic:
In the modern era the rivalries constitute between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic has been part of many close contests and their last two clashes between them are to be mentioned. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic has met 40 times with each of them winning on 20 occasions. Both of them share 7 grand slams and 20 titles on average with Roger Federer winning 17 grand slams and has a career slam whereas career slam has eluded Novak Djokovic thus far and has years by his side to complete a career slam.
2. Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer:
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is the most sought rivalry in modern era and many experts state that it has to be the best ever rivalry in Tennis. The fan base, popularity and the way they pull crowd makes this rivalry unique which others didn’t manage to do like these pair did. However, this rivalry was a one sided affair and wasn’t competitive as one would expect with Nadal completely dominating the Swiss. They have met 33 times in their career and Nadal has managed to get the better of Swiss for 23 times whereas the Swiss managed to win only 10 times. However the Swiss leads the head to head in his favourite grass surface 2-1 but Nadal manages a better head to head record on other surfaces. Wimbledon 2008 final is the best ever grand slam final these two has constituted in and Nadal emerged victorious in that encounter. These two share 25 titles and 9 grand slams on average which is quite staggering. Nadal has 14 grand slam titles to his name.
1. Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic:
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic has met for a record 44 times in their career in which the Spaniard edges out the Serbian by slightest of margins registering 23 wins to Djokovic’s 21. However, in the last few years Djokovic has the best head to head record against the Spaniard. The rivalry between these two has been always close and to predict the winner of this clash would be the toughest task for any Tennis fan. Such was the intensity in their rivalry. Australian Open 2012 and French Open 2013 are the two epic clashes these two has featured in. The player who has been on their top on their given day emerge victorious and there is no room for complete domination between these two which makes this rivalry exciting compared to other rivalries.