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Meet the trio with a winning head-to-head record against both Federer and Nadal

  • These are the only 3 players to have dominated both of the GOATs.
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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:16 IST

#2 Alex Corretja (Spain)

Alex Corretja
Alex Corretja

Alex Corretja is the only player, apart from Rafael Nadal, to oust Roger Federer in consecutive editions at the French Open. Corretja beat Federer in straight sets in the fourth round at the 2000 French Open, before thwarting the Swiss, again in straight sets, in Federer's first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the 2001 French Open.

Corretja's third win over Federer also came on clay, in the opening round at 2000 Gstaad - where the Swiss won his lone set on the surface against the Spaniard.

Federer's two wins over Corretja have come on hard court - in the 2001 Rotterdam quarterfinals, and in the opening round at 2003 Madrid. This makes the Spaniard one of only 24 players, apart from Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, to have a winning head-to-head record against Federer.

Corretja is one of only 6 players to have a 100% record against Nadal, and 1 of only 2 players, Dustin Brown (2/2) being the other, to have played the 19-time Grand Slam champion multiple times and emerged victorious on each occasion.

Both of Corretja's 2 meetings with Nadal happened in 2003, with the elder Spaniard beating his younger compatriot in the opening rounds at Barcelona (clay) and Madrid Masters (hard).

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Published 08 Dec 2019, 14:01 IST
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