Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have held the reins of the ATP World Tour for roughly the last seven years. The two have combined for 110 career singles titles and over $100 million in prize money. Their rivalry is already one of the most heralded in men's tennis history.
When both players enter their names into a draw, one of the two usual goes home with first place. Excluding the ATP World Tour Finals, the two have met 19 times—with all but two being in tournament finals.
A high-profile tournament rarely ends with both of these players being eliminated. What's even rarer, is when one player takes out both Federer and Nadal.
If a player plans to win a big tournament, they will likely face one of these two in the final. If they're lucky enough, the other is stunned before they make it deep in the draw.
Novak Djokovic did the near impossible this weekend when he swept both players off the court at Indian Wells. A three-set win over Federer in the semifinals was followed by a three-set, comeback triumph over Nadal in the finals.
An aggressive Djokovic stayed tight to the baseline, swinging freely from both wings while committing minimal errors in the match's final two sets. Djokovic committed few, if any, unforced errors to continue his 20-match winning streak and stay undefeated in 2011. He moved to No. 2 in the world, surpassing Federer.
Here's the last few times that both Federer and Nadal have fallen at the hands of the same player in a tournament.
**Does not include the ATP World Tour Finals because of Round Robin format