The Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Rivalry: 21 and Counting

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The Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Rivalry: 21 and Counting

Sampras vs. Agassi? Becker vs. Edberg? Lendl vs. Wilander?

No, it is Federer vs. Nadal.

Never has a sports rivalry meant so much since Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova battled for supremacy in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

It has far surpassed the Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe contests because Nadal and Federer have played longer, more often with much more riding on the outcome.

The battle for supremacy of the tennis top spot began in 2004 and rages on as the two combatants head into the French Open. Federer seeks to defend his championship as Nadal attempts to capture his fifth French Open Crown.

The two top players in the men's game have squared off in 17 finals. No doubt they will find themselves staring at each other across the net countless more times during the next few years—if we are all very, very lucky...

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