Ranking the 10 Best Rivalries in Tennis History

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Ranking the 10 Best Rivalries in Tennis History
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The rivalry involving Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer may be waning, but does it still deserve to be ranked among the 10 best rivalries in tennis history?

Perhaps it's been surpassed by the current competition between Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who met in four consecutive Grand Slam finals, ending with the the 2012 Australian Open. What about the budding rivalry between Djokovic and Andy Murray, the top two ranked players at the moment and the finalists in the 2013 Wimbledon?

Several factors can create a great rivalry. Sometimes it's longevity. Other times it's contrasting styles or personalities. In many cases, it's the epic nature of their matches. Occasionally, an unusual component makes the rivalry distinctive or intriguing. Often all those factors are involved.

In all cases, the rivals were among the best players of their eras.

In creating a list of the 10 best rivalries, we decided no player should be mentioned more than once. As a result, we had to choose between the Nadal-Federer rivalry and the Nadal-Djokovic matchup, then determine whether either is worthy of inclusion.

 

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