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Together with Roger Federer, they have formed a near unbeatable dynasty. Never have three players or teams dominated a sport like these three have for the past nine years.
Together, Djokovic and Nadal combined to win nine straight Grand Slam titles from the 2010 French Open through the 2011 US Open. From 2003 Wimbledon through 2012 Wimbledon, Djokovic, Nadal and Federer combined to win 33 out of 37 Grand Slam titles.
Djokovic and Nadal have met 33 times overall, 15 times in finals, nine times in a Grand Slam and five times in a Grand Slam final. Nadal leads their all-time matches 19-14. He also holds a 8-7 advantage in finals and 6-3 edge in overall Grand Slam matches. Djokovic has the advantage 3-2 in Grand Slam finals.
When Federer’s game slumped a bit for a few years, Djokovic stepped up as Nadal’s main rival and eventually surpassed both of them. From 2011 at Wimbledon through the 2012 French Open, they met in four consecutive Grand Slam finals. Djokovic won three of those including their epic 2012 Australian Open final.
The 2012 Australian Open final took a Grand Slam final record five hours and 53 minutes. Nadal claimed the opening set before Djokovic rallied to take the next two for a two sets to one advantage.
After taking a 5-2 lead in the third-set tiebreaker, Djoker was only two points away from the title. Nadal rallied, winning the next five points to force a fifth set. Djokovic would claim the title by winning the fifth set 7-5. At just 25 for Djokovic and 26 for Nadal, this should be tennis’s premier rivalry for years to come if Nadal can get, and stay, healthy.