Pete Sampras vs. Andre Agassi used to be Stan Wawrinka’s favorite rivalry, but after Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal arrived, everything changed. Although Sampras and Agassi had a long-standing rivalry, Federer and Nadal outperformed all previous tennis rivalries.
Federer and Nadal have faced off 40 times, with the Spaniard holding a 24-16 advantage in their overall meetings. Nadal prevailed in 14 of their 24 finals encounters, which comprised 24 of their 40 meetings. The 50th anniversary of the ATP Tour’s founding is this year.
“For me, it was Sampras and Agassi first, then Roger Rafa, before joining the Tour. I find it to be quite unique, with a totally distinct game-playing attitude and for an incredible champion “In an ATP promotional film, Wawrinka stated.
Federer–Nadal is cited by Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem as the best rivalry.
The 2020 US Open winner Thiem agreed that the competition between Sampras and Agassi was strong, but he believes that the rivalry between Federer and Nadal is the strongest in tennis.
“So, based on what I have heard, it is tough to tell which rivalry on the ATP Tour is the most famous. I grew up watching Roger and Rafa, but Sampras-Agassi and McEnroe–Borg were undoubtedly fantastic as well.
I chose this rivalry since it was the first one I could see on television and was growing up with. This was also the first game I watched live on television, and they went on to play a ton of fantastic games after that, making it my favorite rivalry “Thiem elucidated.
Since 2019 Wimbledon, Nadal and Federer haven’t faced off against one another. Federer has undergone three knee operations since 2020, so he hasn’t played all that much during the past two and a half years. The Laver Cup is where Federer is anticipated to make his comeback in late September. Federer and Nadal have also registered to compete for Team Europe there.