As Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic prepare for the 2022 ATP Finals in Turin, which will be held from November 13 to 20, a rivalry that has been ongoing for more than 16 years may soon see the beginning of a new chapter.
The Spaniard recently referred to the Serb as his biggest and most dangerous opponent among currently playing players in an interview with the media site ge. The two obvious justifications he offered were their historical rivalry and the fact that Djokovic has won more Grand Slam tournaments than anyone else. “My greatest rival is Novak Djokovic. After all, he is the one who is closest to the number of Grand Slams, with 21,” said Nadal as reported by Sportskeeda. He further said, “And for all the times we face each other, for our history. Out of all the active players, my most dangerous rival, without a doubt, is Novak.”
The two iconic tennis players have squared off against one another a record-breaking 59 times on the tour, more than any other male player. The Serb currently leads their head-to-head series 30-29, which speaks something about how intense the rivalry is. The crazy thing is that as the two veterans prepare to compete for the record for the most Grand Slam titles, it only seems to get more and more exciting.
With 20 Majors each at the beginning of the season, the Big 3 were tied. Nadal, who won the Australian Open and the French Open this year, is currently leading the race with 22 successes as the tennis community gets ready to welcome 2023. On the other hand, Djokovic won Wimbledon to make his 21st Grand Slam appearance.