5 opponents that both Federer and Nadal enjoy playing against
- Federer and Nadal's top-5 favourite opponents.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the two most prominent names in men's tennis.
The duo, in that order, have won the most Grand Slam titles (Federer-20, Nadal-19). They are also among just three players (Novak Djokovic being the third) to play 50 Masters finals and record over 350 match wins in the tournament category.
Federer's 40-match win streaks at Wimbledon (2003 to 2008) and at the US Open (2004 to 2009) are the longest at the two tournaments. Nadal's 12 titles, 5 consecutive titles, 39 match win streak (2010 to 2015) and 93 match wins at Roland Garros are unrivaled by any player ever.
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Amidst a slew of other records and achievements over the course of their illustrious careers, the duo have left many a fine player in their wake. Over 200 different players have played both Federer and Nadal but only three players (one active) have a winning head-to-head against the two legends.
Despite the fact that Federer and Nadal have beaten Djokovic on more occasions than they have any other player (Federer-23, Nadal-26), the Serb is the only active player among three in total to have a positive head-to-head against the two legends.
On that note, let us take a look at five players that both Federer and Nadal enjoy playing against. These are Federer's and Nadal's top five favorite opponents in terms of combined win % (minimum four matches played against both).
#5 Denis Istomin (Kazakhstan)
Istomin has met Nadal on five occasions - thrice at Grand Slams, once at a Masters 1000 (Miami 2014) and once at an ATP 250 tournament (2010 London Queens). On all but one occasion (Queens), Istomin has failed to even take a set off the Spaniard; needless to say, he has lost all five of those matches.
The bespectacled Kazakh has fared slightly better against Federer, winning a set on two occasions. But he has still lost on all the seven occasions - twice at a Grand Slam, twice at a Masters 1000, twice at an ATP 500 tournament, and once at an ATP 250 tournament - that he has faced the 20-time Grand Slam champion.