Saturday, October 21The Voice of London

Greatest Rivalry In Tennis History Relived

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will renew their long standing rivalry at the ATP Swiss indoor final in Basel. As their last title match goes back to 2013 the tennis world is delighted to watch another long-awaited episode of the greatest rivalry.

Words: Ena Bilobrk, Subeditor: Ludovica D’Angio

After beating Richard Gasquet in a spectacular series of sets, Nadal has secured his place in the final facing Federer who also won in straight-sets against the American Jack Sock.

It will be their 34th meeting and although Federer always struggled to find back into his match again Nadal, former Grand Slam winner Peter Fleming sees Roger as “a big favourite”.

Nadal has a fantastic record of winning 23 out of his 33 matches against the Swiss. In their first ever match at the Miami Masters in 2004 the only 17-year-old Spaniard sealed his victory against Federer, the number one in straight-sets at that time.

This was the starting shot for what is believed to be the greatest match ever in tennis history, the 2008 Wimbledon finale.

Rafael Nadal stood against an incredible fight-back from Roger Federer to win his first Wimbledon title. The torture lasted for over four hours and is the longest Wimbledon men’s single final ever and with the pre-match billing being compared to the one of a heavy-weight fight, it lived up to the spectators expectations.

Eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi once described Rafael Nadal as “the number one” and added he “had to deal with “Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in the golden age of tennis.”

But while Federer is starting to find back into form after separating himself from the field for four years, Nadal is currently struggling to live up to his old standard.

Former British number one Annabel Croft explains “he has not found his tennis in the most crucial matches” but in the last match against Gasquet “his forehand started to fire again”.

Croft told Sky that she believes Federer will have a different approach to Nadal compared to their last meetings and that “Rafa needs to be reawakened” in order to compete with the Swiss.

It is definitely one of the highlights of the season and it seems like Roger Federer has a slight advantage playing in front of his home audience.

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