What can I say about this rivalry which hasn't been already said?
With their skill set, contrasting styles of play, mutual respect and trophies won, these two gladiators of the sport have amazed us for the better part of this decade.
When Sampras won his 14th major in 2002, who would have dared to think that it will broken within a span of eight years? Federer did that by dominating the sport like no one ever did.
Still, when matched against his rival from Mallorca, he struggled. Federer has a 2-6 score against Nadal in the Grand Slam finals.
Federer has lost only one major final to a person other than Rafael Nadal. Nadal, on the other hand, matches well against Federer. He still has the age on his side. It took Federer eight years to break Sampras' record, will it take Nadal lesser time?
Nadal leads the rivalry 17-8 overall. From the 2005 French Open to the 2011 French Open, these two men have won 22 of the 25 possible slams.
Their 2008 Wimbledon Final, which Nadal won, was rated as the greatest match of tennis by many pundits, including John McEnroe.
When people thought this thing was over, Federer came back to face Nadal in the 2011 French Open finals proving that only time can end this rivalry! Let us hope that it goes on for ages!