Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have one of the greatest rivalries in tennis history. While Federer is widely regarded—even by Nadal—as the best tennis player in history, Nadal's record against Federer is 18-10 in Nadal's favour.
Rafael Nadal versus Roger Federer comparison chart
Federer and Nadal played their first match in March 2004 at the third round of the Miami Masters. At the time Nadal was only 17 years old and ranked No. 34. He scored an upset win over Federer in straight sets.
Their second match was in 2005, once again in Miami. Federer came from 2 sets behind to win in 5 sets.
Their third encounter was two months later in the semifinals of the French Open. Nadal defeated Federer in 4 sets and went on to win the French Open.