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Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic rivalry in numbers

As Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic prepare to slug it out at Roland Garros in the final of the French Open, here are some vital statistics of the pair’s on-court matches.

Novak Djokovic, left, and Rafael Nadal have had a rivalry that dates back to at least eight years. Mike Segar / Reuters
Novak Djokovic, left, and Rafael Nadal have had a rivalry that dates back to at least eight years. Mike Segar / Reuters

41

The number of times Nadal and Djokovic have met since their first match in the 2006 French Open quarter-final. This is the most two players have played against each other in the Open Era, more than John McEnroe against Ivan Lendl (36), Boris Becker against Stefan Edberg (35), and Lendl against Jimmy Connors (35). Nadal leads the head-to-head 22-19.

21

The two have met in a final on 21 occasions and Djokovic leads his rival 12-9. Nadal has won five of the nine finals played on clay.

7

The number of finals Djokovic won on the trot against Nadal, his streak stretching from Indian Wells in 2011 to the 2012 Australian Open. It is the longest winning streak in their rivalry; Nadal’s best is five matches on the trot in 2008-09.

6

Djokovic and Nadal have squared off in six grand slam tournament finals, with Nadal winning the 2010 and 2013 US Opens and the 2012 French Open, and Djokovic taking the 2011 Wimbledon and US Open and the 2012 Australian Open.

5:53

Serbian Djokovic won the 2012 Australian Open final in Melbourne after an epic five-hour, 53-minute duel, which is the longest grand slam tournament final in history.

317-24

Spaniard Nadal’s record on clay, which includes 44 titles and an 81-match winning streak from 2005-07 – the longest single-surface winning streak in the Open era.

144-39

Djokovic’s record on clay, which includes eight titles.

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