KEY POINTS

  • Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is one of the biggest rivalries in tennis
  • Rafael Nadal recently achieved his 600th week in the top 3 rankings 
  • Rafael Nadal is seeking to tie Roger Federer in the Grand Slam count

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will always be linked together as one of the best players to ever grace the tennis court. Rafael Nadal is only one Grand Slam away from chasing Roger Federer’s record-holding 20 Majors. The two have had legendary bouts against one another coining the term FeDal whenever the two meet.



Their current head-to-head matchup is at 24-16 in favor of the Spaniard. Their last match against each other was in Wimbledon of 2019 where Roger Federer won the semifinal match.

With all the accolades that these two have collected, Rafael Nadal recently earned another historic milestone to his already decorated career. He recently joined Roger Federer as only the two people to hold at least 600 weeks in the top three rankings.

Roger Federer has been in the top three for 748 weeks, amounting to almost 14 years in his professional career. This shows the longevity and level of play these two have been all throughout time. With the next generation of superstars emerging, it’s still these two who have proved to be the best of all of them.

World Number One Novak Djokovic isn’t far behind as well. The recently crowned Australian Open Champion has spent 569 weeks in the top three. If he keeps up his stellar performance then he just might attain the same feat within the year. He will overtake Jimmy Connors soon who amassed a total of 591 weeks in the top three.

The only active player to trail them within the top players is Andy Murray with 226 weeks. The British tennis player from Scotland was once considered part of the top four before suffering multiple hip injuries. While he is a multiple-time Grand Slam winner as well, the level of the top three players in the world has proven to withstand the test of time.

The next Grand Slam event will be the French Open. Rafael Nadal is known to be the king of clay and will seek to tie Roger Federer’s record by winning Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round Rafael Nadal beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round Photo: AFP / William WEST