Okt. führte Novak Djokovic zuletzt die Weltrangliste im Tennis an - am Montag wird er an die Spitze zurückkehren. Rafael Nadal musste das. Juli Es ist sein erstes Grand-Slam-Finale seit Novak Djokovic ist in Wimbledon ins Endspiel eingezogen. Im Halbfinale gegen Rafael Nadal. Novak Djokovic und Rafael Nadal trafen bereits 43 Mal aufeinander. Allein bei Grand-Slam-Turnieren gab es zwölf Duelle. Die Bilanz bei den wichtigsten. Nadal gibt gegen del Potro auf - Djokovic eilt ins Finale. Sie waren einige Zeit inaktiv. Beim er-Turnier von Cincinnati ist ein Zusammentreffen mit einem alten Rivalen dabei durchaus möglich: Diskutieren Sie über diesen Artikel. Das war Entertainment at its best. Gleich seinen ersten Aufschlag gibt Djokovic ab - per Doppelfehler. Sieg gegen den Schweizer. Die Tennisfans hatten in den letzten 15 Jahren Glück, das drei der weltbesten Spieler aller Zeiten zur selben Zeit aktiv waren. Wie lange wird die Turnierleitung hier noch spielen lassen? Ich sehe im Moment noch niemanden, der das von den Jungen könnte.
The pair did not start their match until after They managed to play three gripping sets under the Wimbledon roof, but a Nadal, who had not gone as far at Wimbledon since losing the final to Djokovic, knew he had to make a fast start with his rival only a set away from victory.
He had to fend off two break points in a tense opening game, eventually escaping with a vital hold after battling through five deuces to clinch a minute game.
That allowed the Majorcan to come out firing, breaking Djokovic's opening serve and backing it up with a hold to love for a lead.
Djokovic maintained his composure to break back, dropping just two points in three games on his way to levelling at Tension initially got the better of Nadal too, however.
He also coughed up a double fault at to give Djokovic three break points, before fighting back and taking the match into a decider.
Their memorable Australian Open final and French Open semi-finals are ranked among the best in Grand Slam history - and a tense deciding set here confirmed they had produced another contender for that list.
Djokovic had only taken three of his 16 break points in the opening four sets, with Nadal claiming four of his six opportunities. But, in a drastic swing, it was the Spaniard who ultimately paid the price for not converting his chances.
Djokovic missed the first opportunity at , then fought off two break points in the following game, and showed further resilience to battle back from down at - saving three break more points - in a minute game.
With the match clock having ticked past the five-hour mark, Nadal saved Djokovic's first match point at with an audacious drop-shot.
He could not save a second at , though, Nadal cracking a cross-court forehand into the tramlines after being forced wide by Djokovic.
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Nadal defeated Djokovic in the semis of the Hamburg Masters. Next, they met in their second final at the Queen's Club in London , Nadal winning his first grass-court title at the expense of Djokovic in the finals in straight sets.
In their fifth encounter of the year at the Cincinnati Masters , Djokovic defeated Nadal in the semis. The sixth and final battle of the year came at the Beijing Olympics in the semi-finals, Nadal winning the match.
He would go on to win the gold medal. They met seven times in Nadal won the first four of their encounters, Djokovic going on to win the last three.
The pair met several times on clay and matches involving them became the highlights of the clay-court season.
They met for the first time in a clay-court final at the Monte Carlo Masters , Nadal winning a closely contested three-setter and his 5th consecutive title at the event.
He successfully made it to the final but lost to Nadal in straight sets. They then met for a third consecutive tournament on clay, in the semis of the Madrid Masters.
Nadal won a grueling encounter by saving three match points in the process. Djokovic admitted afterwards that it took him a long time to get over this loss.
Djokovic won the match, going 2—1 in the round robin phase. Nadal won the match in four sets, thus becoming the youngest player in the Open Era to complete a Career Grand Slam.
This match took 3 hours and 43 minutes to get finished. The pair met six times, all in finals, with Djokovic winning all six encounters, including two Grand Slam finals.
Coming into their first encounter of the year at the Indian Wells Masters , Djokovic had not lost a match the entire year and continued his fine form by beating Nadal to win his second Indian Wells title.
Two weeks later, the pair met again in the finals of the Miami Masters with Djokovic winning two sets to one. Djokovic and Nadal clashed twice during the clay-court spring.
In the final of the Madrid Masters , Djokovic scored his first ever victory over Nadal on clay, in straight sets.
Djokovic and Nadal met in a final for the fifth time in the year at Wimbledon , arguably their biggest encounter of the year. In a 2-hour 28 minute contest, Djokovic overcame Nadal in four sets, winning his first Wimbledon title.
They met for a second consecutive final at the US Open , a rematch of the final from the previous year, in which Nadal had prevailed.
Djokovic won his third Grand Slam title of the year, overcoming Nadal again in four sets. The pair met 4 times, all in finals, with Nadal winning three of the four encounters and Djokovic winning only one, which was a Grand Slam final.
Djokovic won the Australian Open final after an epic five-set battle vs. The match lasted 5 hours 53 minutes, the record for the longest match in a Grand Slam final in the open era.
At the end of the match, both players were so exhausted they could not stand for the trophy presentation. Nadal called it "the greatest loss in his career" and "the best match he ever played".
Djokovic also commented on the match, saying this was a moment he would never forget, and considered it a career-defining victory for himself.
Djokovic and Nadal met again in the Monte—Carlo Masters final. This time, Nadal won his eighth consecutive title after defeating Djokovic in two sets.
It was the first time since November that Nadal had beaten Djokovic. They had met in seven finals from January to January , all of which Djokovic won.
The pair met again in the Rome Masters final at the Foro Italico where Nadal defeated Djokovic in straight sets and regained the trophy he has won 5 times before.
Djokovic was the defending champion. The fourth battle of the year came at the French Open final. For the second time in tennis history, two opposing tennis players played four consecutive Grand Slams finals against each other.
This was a match of historic proportions as either Nadal would have broken Björn Borg 's record of six titles at the French Open or Djokovic would have become the first man since Rod Laver in to win four Grand Slams in a row.
Nadal eventually emerged victorious after 3 consecutive losses in Grand Slam finals, prevailing in 4 sets after multiple rain delays that forced the final to be concluded on the following Monday afternoon.
With this victory, Nadal became the most successful tennis player at the French Open, winning seven French Open titles. Djokovic and Nadal contested the Monte Carlo final for the third time, but this was their first meeting since the French Open final , and this was the twelfth time in the last thirteen occasions in which they met in the championship match.
At the French Open Nadal came in as seven-time champion and was drawn in the same half as Djokovic, made possible by his 3rd seed. Nadal won the French Open after beating Djokovic in the semifinal and Ferrer in the final.
His semi-final clash with Djokovic was widely considered one of the greatest clay court matches ever played, and Nadal was 2 points away from victory in the 4th set but was denied by Djokovic and taken to a fifth set where he went down a break 4—2 only to break back and ultimately triumph 9—7 and take out a hard-fought 4-hour, minute victory.
It was a unique encounter in that it was almost the mirror opposite  of the almost six-hour Australian Open final they contested where Djokovic was leading Nadal 2—1 sets and was 2 points away from victory in the 4th set only for Nadal to come back and win the 4th set in a tiebreaker and go up a break in the 5th set.
In exactly the same fashion the player leading by a break in the 5th set committed a hauntingly uncharacteristic error Nadal missed an easy backhand pass at 30—15, 4—2 in the fifth in Melbourne, while Djokovic ran into the net after hitting a what would have been a clean winner at 4—3 in the fifth in Paris only to spark a momentum shift for their opponent to break back and ultimately win the match — Djokovic broke back to win the Australian Open Final 7—5, while Nadal broke back to win the French Open semi-final 9—7.
Nadal suggested that it was almost "poetic justice" that he won this match after losing their brutally epic encounter in Australia.
This was only the second time Nadal had been pushed to five sets at the French Open in 9 years The first being against John Isner in the 1st round of the French Open and he remains unbeaten in 5-set encounters on clay.
Djokovic and Nadal met again at the Montreal Masters semifinals, with Nadal prevailing in three sets. The match showed Nadal's fighting spirit, as he clawed down from 0—2 at a set apiece, and from 4—4, 0—40 on his own serve.
He would take the title to beat Djokovic for the sixth time out of seven meetings. The two tennis players faced again in the China Open final with Djokovic winning in straight sets; however, by reaching the final, Nadal took the world 1 ranking away from Djokovic.
They met again in the finals of the ATP World Tour Finals , where Djokovic again won in straight sets, winning his third year-end championship, and denying Nadal his first.
Nadal finished as world 1, with Djokovic as world 2, having won 24 consecutive matches after losing the US Open final to Nadal. Their domination in was also apparent in the year end rankings: In , the pair met three times, all in finals, with Djokovic winning the first two encounters, and Nadal winning the last one.
Djokovic started off by beating Nadal in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open in straight sets, and then supplanted that victory with a three-set victory over Nadal in Rome.
In the process he acquired a 4-match winning streak against the Spaniard, and also the first player to have amassed 4 clay-court wins over Nadal.
Their final meeting of the year came at the French Open, where Nadal went on to win the match after dropping the opening set to Djokovic.
In , the pair contested four matches with Djokovic winning all four. They met at the semi-final stage of the Monte Carlo Masters Series event.
The match was competitive in parts with Nadal producing, by his own assessment, his best performance yet of the season. However, a very in-form Djokovic prevailed.
They faced each other at the quarter-final stage of the French Open where Djokovic beat Nadal in straight sets. It was Djokovic's first victory against the Spaniard in seven meetings at the tournament, Djokovic also broke the record for most sets won against Nadal at the French Open 7 , became the only man to ever beat Nadal at all four of the Grand Slam tournaments, became the first man to beat Nadal in straight sets in a best of five format match on clay, and also the only man to beat Nadal on clay 6 times.
This was also only the second time that Nadal has been defeated at the French Open, after losing to Robin Soderling in the edition of the tournament.
Nadal is now 70—2 at the French Open, and a 92—2 record for best-of-five set matches on clay. In , the pair has met three times with all three matches going to Djokovic.
In the Doha final, Djokovic won in a convincing straight set victory bringing him into the head-to-head lead for the first time. Djokovic won again the semifinal at Indian Wells  and at the quarter-final stage of the Rome Masters putting the rivalry at in Djokovic's favor with a 7 match winning streak against Nadal.
Nadal easily defeated Djokovic in the Madrid Open semifinals , to reverse a trend of losses. This was one of the most dominating wins for Nadal over Djokovic in recent years.
Nadal beat Djokovic in the semifinals at the Italian Open in two sets , , in their first match in over a year. Djokovic beat Nadal in the semifinals at Wimbledon after five exhilarating sets, lasting over five hours.
With Nadal widely regarded as invincible on clay courts by many in the tennis world,   Djokovic emerged as one of the few who could test his dominance on it, and the closest Nadal came to losing for the first time in this tournament came in May It was the longest Masters match and semi final in Open Era history.
But the world No. Nadal needed this title to complete his Golden Career Slam, creating much hype before the tournament.
Even more so when he would have to face Djokovic who had an excellent record on this surface. Nadal had perfected his serve to the point where it became his most dangerous weapon.
The Wimbledon final would put the world No. Nadal, on a match winning streak at the All England Club, was favored by many to win despite Djokovic coming into the match with four finals victories over Nadal during year.
However, with a four set victory, Djokovic became the first Serbian man to win Wimbledon and for the first time overtook Nadal for the No. The US Open final had Nadal as the defending champion after defeating Djokovic the prior year but with Djokovic having defeated Nadal in five finals including a victory over Nadal at Wimbledon finals earlier in the year, expectations were high on Djokovic to win his first US Open title.
In a match lasting 4 hours and 10 minutes, Djokovic defeated Nadal for a sixth consecutive finals victory over Nadal. With the win, Djokovic became the sixth man in the open era to win three of the four majors in the same year.
This match was the third straight Djokovic vs Nadal major final. It was the longest Grand Slam final in history with Djokovic prevailing 7—5 in the fifth set in 5 hours 53 minutes.
However, Nadal managed to force a deciding set. He went up a break in the fifth set, but the turning point was when he missed a backhand winner at the net at 4—2 30—15, and lost his chance to consolidate his break.
With the win, Djokovic brought his win streak against Nadal to seven, all of which were in finals and 3 being grand slam finals. This match was the fourth straight Djokovic vs Nadal major final.
Rafael Nadal won the first set 6—4, Nadal gaining a break of serve after a long attritional battle. There were several delays due to the erratic rain, but none lasting more than an hour.
With Nadal leading by two sets to one, and Djokovic leading 2—1 and serving up a break in the fourth set, the match was suspended due to rain;  it was initially thought that Djokovic had gained the momentum, having won eight games in a row prior to the suspension of the match, however, Nadal was able to regroup and take the fourth set, and ultimately the match, after Djokovic double-faulted on championship point down.