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Five Facts About Rafael Nadal’s 52nd Meeting With Novak Djokovic At Wimbledon

The numbers behind one of the biggest rivalries in tennis.



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Friday at the All England Club will see the resumption of one of the greatest rivalries in the modern history of tennis.


Second seed Rafael Nadal faces 12th seed Novak Djokovic for a place in the Wimbledon final. The winner will secure themselves at least £1.125 million in prize money as well as 1200 ranking points. Both of which would almost double if they go on to win the title.

With so much at stake for both men, here are five things to know about Nadal’s latest match against Djokovic.

1. It’s the most comprehensive rivalry in history

The upcoming clash at Wimbledon will be the 52nd meeting between the two players. An Open Era record for the most tour match-ups. Both Nadal and Djokovic are involved in the three biggest rivalries in men’s tennis in terms of matches played :-

Most tour-level match-ups in the Open Era (prior to 13/7/18)
1. Djokovic – Nadal at 51 (Djokovic leads 26-25)
2. Djokovic – Roger Federer at 45 (Djokovic leads 22-23)
3. Nadal – Federer at 38 (Nadal leads 23-15)

Looking at solely grand slam matches, they will lock horns for the 14th time in a major. In the history of the modern game, only twice have two men’s players faced each other 14 or more times in a grand slam. The other is Djokovic and Federer, who has played each other 15 times so far.

2. Head-to-head in detail

(2004–present) Djokovic Nadal
Grand Slam 4 9
Tennis Masters Cup 3 2
ATP Masters Series 16 11
ATP International Series Gold 2 0
ATP International Series 1 1
Davis Cup 0 1
Olympics 0 1
Total 26 25

By surface

Clay -Nadal leads 16-7
Grass – Nadal leads 2-1
Hard courts – Djokovic leads 14-5
Indoor hard-courts – Djokovic leads 4-2

3. Djokovic looks to break the semi-final jinx

Wimbledon is the fifth time the two have squared off in the semi-final of a grand slam. In the past, facing Nadal at this stage of a major has been a nightmare for Djokovic. The Serbian has lost all of those previous encounters. However, three of those occurred at the French Open. A event Nadal has won 11 times before. The other was at Wimbledon 2007 when Djokovic was forced to retire due to an infected toe blister.

4. The level of their rivalry

Incredibly, there has only been four occasions in history where Nadal has faced Djokovic before the quarter-final of a tournament. To put this into perspective, they have met 24 times in a tournament final.

Early round meetings

  • 2007 Tennis Masters Cup (round robin)
  • 2009 Davis Cup (R1)
  • 2009 ATP World Tour Finals (round robin)
  • 2010 ATP World Tour Finals (round robin)

5. The unique record

No other player in history has defeated Djokovic in a grand slam more times than Nadal. He has recorded a total of nine wins over the Serbian so far in his career. Coincidentally, Djokovic is the only player to have ever scored four wins over the Spaniard in a major.

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Dominic Thiem rallies from one set down against Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the final at Thiem’s 7 in Kitzbuhel



Dominic Thiem came back from losing the first set to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-2 en route to reaching the final at the Thiem’s 7 tournament. Thiem earned two breaks in the third and fifth games to race out to a 4-1 lead. Bautista Agut got both breaks back in the sixth and eighth games to draw level to 4-4 forcing the match to the tie-break. The Spanish player won the tie-break 7-5 to take the opening set.


Thiem slowly found his rhythm again in the second set and earned two break points in the fourth game but he was not able to convert them. The home star dropped only two points on his serve until the end of the second set and converted two of the three break points to clinch the second set 6-2.

Thiem earned a break in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead and held on his next service games. The tournament organizer sealed the third set 6-2 with his double break with a blistering return on the match point in the eighth game securing his spot in the final. Thiem will face either Andrey Rublev or Matteo Berrettini in the final.

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Former Roland Garros champions and five top 20 players to highlight a great edition of the Ladies Open in Palermo



The Ladies Open WTA International in Palermo will be the first tournament to be held next August since last February.


The Italian tournament will feature a great line-up which includes two confirmed past Roland Garros champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Ostapenko and five top 20 players. There is a good chance that 2018 French Open and 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep could be added in the field.

“We are glad about Simona Halep’s great interest in Palermo Ladies Open. We will be waiting for her at the Country Club for an historic edition of the Palermo tournament. We have been in contact with Halep’s manager for some time. We have been talking for days about her potential participation in Palermo. She is one of the best players in the world and her presence would contribute to make an already high-level tournament extrahordinary. We will leave our doors open to her for as long as possible, as well as for other top ten players that will want to resume their season in Palermo”, said tournament’s CEO Oliviero Palma.

The other stars who have signed up to the Ladies Open are 2019 Roland Garros champion Marketa Vondrousova, two Grand Slam semifinalists Elise Mertens (2018 Australian Open) and Anastasija Sevastova (2018 US Open), Aryna Sabalenka (winner at the Wuhan Open in 2018 and 2019, WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai in 2019 and Doha in 2020) and Elina Rybakina (winner in Hobart and finalist in St. Petersburg and Dubai in 2020), Dayana Yastremska (winner of three tournaments in Hong Kong in 2018, Thailand and Strasbourg in 2019).

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Lorenzo Sonego and Liudmila Samsonova lift the titles in Perugia



Lorenzo Sonego and Liudmila Samsonova won the Zzz Quill Tennis Tour in Perugia. Sonego followed up his Italian title won the previous week in Todi with a 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 win over Croatia’s Viktor Galovic (world number 269 and number 7 seed) in the final of the Perugia tournament.


“Galovic started very well. It was difficult to adjust to his game and improve during the match. I maintained the right attitude and I managed to win the title. I enjoyed two fantastic weeks in Todi and Perugia. This confirmed my good work in training in the past two weeks. I gave my best and I am confident for the rest of the season”, said Sonego.

World number 117 Liudmila Samsonova won the women’s title came back from one set down to beat world number 307 Stefania Rubini 4-6 6-4 7-6 (8-6) in the women’s final after saving two match points.

“I won a very tough final with a lot of ups and downs. I am happy that I played many matches. It was one of my goals on the eve of the tournament. I showed that I am able to keep the level of my tennis high, when I play focused”, said Samsonova.   



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