Defending champion, Spain’s Rafael Nadal has a surprise rival in the final of the French Open. While Nadal beat Murray to get to the final, Switzerland’s Roger Federer shocked the in-form Djokovic in his semi-final. Djokovic had won 44 matches in succession including 41 in 2011, before Federer broke the winning streak. Here’s how Nadal and Federer have performed against each other, leading up to the final:
Date of Birth: Nadal was born on June 3, 1986; Federer was born on August 8, 1981
Height: Nadal is 185 cms tall; Federer is also 185 cms.
Weight: Nadal weighs 187 lbs; Federer is also 187 lbs.
Handedness: Nadal is left-handed; Federer is right-handed.
World Ranking: Nadal is world number one, while Federer is world number three.
Head to head: Nadal leads Federer 17-8, in 25 matches played between them.
On clay: Nadal leads 12-2
On hard court, outdoor: Nadal leads 4-1
On grass: Federer leads 2-1
On hard court, indoor: Federer leads 3-0
In Grand Slams: Nadal leads 6-2
The last game between the players: was at Madrid in May 2011; Nadal won 5-7, 6-1, 6-3
The last time Federer won against Nadal was in November 2010, when he prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, over his Spanish rival, at the ATP world Tour Finals in London.
Nadal’s last 10 matches: Nadal has won 9 of his last 10 matches, all on clay. He lost to Djokovic at the final at Rome, in May, his solitary loss.
Federer’s last 10 matches: Federer has won 8 of his last 10 matches, all of which have come on clay. He lost in the second round at Rome to Gasquet, and before that to Nadal in the third round at Madrid.
Nadal’s path to the final: Beat Isner, Andujar, Veic, Ljubici, Soderling and Murray. Dropped two sets in the opening match and won the remaining in straight sets.
Federer’s path to the final: Beat Lopez, Texeira, Tipsarevic, Wawrinka and Monfils, all in straight sets before dropping a set to Djokovic in the semi-finals.
Prediction: Nadal to win in 4 sets.
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