Rafael Nadal v Roger Federer: Wimbledon semi-final guide, H2H records, career stats, Grand Slam titles, betting odds & TV details

Rafael Nadal will take on Roger Federer at Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal will take on Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal faces Roger Federer for the 40th time on Friday when they meet in the 2019 Wimbledon semi-final - we've got all you need to know.

The legendary duo have 38 Grand Slam titles between them, with Federer currently leading on 20, and despite a combined age of 70 they're still both going strong at the top of the men's game.

Federer and Nadal have only met in four Grand Slam semi-finals - and never before at Wimbledon - and while the Spaniard has won all of them, he's also won six of their nine finals on these biggest stages.

However, although he did win the greatest match of all time in their last meeting here back in the 2008 final, Federer did triumph in both 2006 and 2007 showdowns against his old rival and has since clearly been the more dominant grass court player, notching up his 100th victory at SW19 in the quarter-finals.

Their rivalry began way back in 2004 in Miami - a match which a 17-year-old Nadal won in straight sets - but since then they've been involved in numerous epic encounters.

Ahead of Friday's showdown, which will be screened live by BBC following the first semi-final between Novak Djokovic v Roberto Bautista Agut, which starts at 2pm, we have all you need to know including their head-to-head record, career stats, routes to the semi-final, Grand Slam titles and semi-final successes plus a look at the odds, a tale of the tape their classic matches and a full list of their previous matches.

Tale of the tape (Nadal first)

  • AGE: 33 - 37
  • HEIGHT: 6ft 1in - 6ft 1in
  • NATIONALITY: Spanish - Swiss
  • PLAYS: Left-handed - Right-handed
  • WORLD RANKING: 2 - 3
  • CAREER TITLES/FINALS: 82/119 - 102/155
  • CAREER PRIZE MONEY: $109.5million - $124.8million
  • GRAND SLAM TITLES/FINALS: 18/26 - 20/30
  • WIMBLEDON TITLES/FINALS: 2/5 - 8/11
  • 2019 TITLES/FINALS: 2/3 - 3/4
  • WIMBLEDON ALL-TIME WIN/LOSS RECORD: 53/11 - 100/12
  • GRAND SLAM ALL-TIME WIN/LOSS RECORD: 265/37 - 352/56
  • 2019 WIN/LOSS MATCH RECORD: 37/5 - 37/4
  • CAREER WIN/LOSS MATCH RECORD: 956/195 - 1221/264
  • HEAD-TO-HEAD WINS: 24 - 15 (More detail below)

Grand Slam title & finals breakdown

Australian Open

  • Federer's six titles: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018
    Runner-Up: 2009
  • Nadal's one title: 2009
    Runner-Up: 2012, 2014, 2017, 2019

French Open

  • Federer's one title: 2009
    Runner-Up: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
  • Nadal's 12 titles: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019
    Runner-Up: N/A

Wimbledon

  • Federer's eight titles: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017
    Runner-Up: 2008, 2014, 2015
  • Nadal's two titles: 2008, 2010
    Runner-up: 2006, 2007, 2011

US Open

  • Federer's five titles: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
    Runner-Up: 2009, 2015
  • Nadal's three titles: 2010, 2013, 2017
    Runner-Up: 2011

Grand Slam semi-final record

TOTAL

  • Federer: Played 44, Won 30
  • Nadal: Played 31, Won 26

At the Australian Open

(Bold signifies years they went on to win the title)

  • Federer
    Played: 14
    Won Seven: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2017, 2018
    Lost Seven: 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Nadal
    Played: 6
    Won Five: 2009, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2019
    Lost One: 2008

At the French Open

  • Federer
    Played: 8
    Won Five: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
    Lost Three: 2005, 2012, 2019
  • Nadal
    Played: 12
    Won 12: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019
    Lost None

At the Wimbledon

  • Federer
    Played: 12
    Won 11: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2017, 2014, 2015
    Lost One: 2016
  • Nadal
    Played: Six
    Won Five: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
    Lost One: 2018

At the US Open

  • Federer
    Played: 10
    Won Seven: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015
    Lost Three: 2010, 2011, 2014
  • Nadal
    Played: Seven
    Won Four: 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017
    Lost Three: 2008, 2009, 2018

Head-to-head record (Nadal first)

  • Overall: 24-15
  • In 2019: 1-0 (Other meeting was a Federer 'walkover' at Indian Wells)
  • In Grand Slams: 10-3 (Finals: 6-3)
  • At Wimbledon: 1-2 (All finals)
  • On hardcourts: 9-11
  • On grass: 1-2
  • On clay: 14-2
  • In finals: 14-10
  • In semi-finals: 7-3 (Grand Slam SFs: 4-0)

Routes to the semi-final

  • Round One
    Nadal bt Yuichi Sugita 6-3 6-1 6-3
    Federer bt Lloyd Harris 6-3 1-6 6-2 6-2
  • Round Two
    Nadal bt Nick Kyrgios 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/3)
    Federer bt Jay Clarke 6-1 7-6 (7/3) 6-2
  • Round Three
    Nadal bt Jo Wilfried Tsonga 6-2 6-3 6-2
    Federer bt Lucas Pouille 7-5 6-2 7-6 (7/4)
  • Last 16
    Nadal bt Joao Sousa 6-2 6-2 6-2
    Federer bt Matteo Berrettini 6-1 6-2 6-2
  • Quarter-Finals
    Nadal bt Sam Querrey 7-5 6-2 6-2
    Federer bt Kei Nishikori 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4

Nadal v Federer: Latest Sky Bet Odds

To win semi-final: Nadal 4/6, Federer 6/5

To win the title: Nadal 3/1, Federer 4/1

Nadal v Federer: Classic matches

Miami, 2005, F (outdoor hard) - Federer 2-6 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-1

In what was just their second match against each other, Federer came from two sets down to claim the Masters title in Miami. Already a multiple Grand Slam winner, Federer knew all about the rising star of Nadal, who had beaten him at the same venue 12 months earlier when he was only 17. Yet he was unable to fend off the teenager in the early stages and when he fell 4-1 down in the third set, the game looked up. However, using his greater experience to the maximum effect, Federer dug deep and managed to turn the match around, Nadal wilting in the final stages. This remained the only match Nadal had lost from two sets up until his 2015 US Open defeat to Fabio Fognini.

Rome, 2006, F (outdoor clay) - Nadal 6-7 7-6 6-4 2-6 7-6

The best claycourt match these two greats have played came not at Roland Garros but in the Eternal City. The contest certainly went on and on - it lasted more than five hours - but it kept an enthralled crowd on the edge of their seats. There was rarely little between the pair as they traded from the baseline, although Federer did have plenty of success when he came forward. The Swiss had the momentum when he took control in the fourth set. He went a break up in the decider but Nadal's ability to run all day was already well known and he would not stay down. He did, however, stand on the brink at 5-6 15-40 only to save two match points and then claim the resultant tie-break, again after Federer led. The victory was Nadal's 53rd in a row on the clay. His streak would finally stop at 81.

Wimbledon, 2008, F (outdoor grass) - Nadal 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7

For me, and many others, this is not only the greatest match Federer and Nadal have ever played but also the best tennis match of all time. Bar none. The quality was staggeringly high, reaching a peak in the fourth-set tie-break as Federer fought back from two sets down to level the match. With Nadal having missed two championship points - more accurately Federer saved them - the five-time defending champion looked the more likely winner heading into a decider which was interrupted by rain. The gloom was gathering when the players returned but on they went, both refusing to relent. Federer finally cracked in the 15th game. Nadal duly served out, clinching victory after four hours and 48 minutes of sensational tennis at 9.15pm.

Two legends of the game embrace after the 2008 Wimbledon final
Two legends of the game embrace after the 2008 Wimbledon final

Australian Open, 2009, F (outdoor hard) - Nadal 7-5 3-6 7-6 3-6 6-2

Six months on from their classic Wimbledon encounter came another epic in the Melbourne final. It actually challenged the SW19 clash in terms of quality - the high-bouncing hardcourt allowing both players to show off their full array of shotmaking skills. However, having twice fought back from a set down, Federer looked weary in the decider as Nadal took control, pushing on to add another notch to his tally of wins over Federer. Having previously taken Federer down on the clay and the grass, this win confirmed Nadal as the new king of the court.

Australian Open, 2017, F (outdoor hard) - Federer 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3

Federer finally clinched an 18th grand slam title by winning a five-set thriller against Nadal to become Australian Open champion. Federer and Nadal produced one of the finest contests their rivalry has ever seen but it was the Swiss who prevailed after three hours and 38 minutes inside Rod Laver Arena. Nadal twice came back from a set down, and then led by a break in the fifth, but Federer drew on all his powers of brilliance - in particular being very aggressive on his backhand - to win one of the most unpredictable finals in recent memory. The 35-year-old's achievement was all the more remarkable given he arrived in Melbourne having not played a single official match for six months, after taking the second half of 2016 off to recover from injury.

Nadal v Federer: Full past results

  • 2019: French Open (Grand Slam), Outdoor Clay
    Nadal bt Federer 6-4 6-3 6-2 (SF)
  • 2019: Indian Wells (Masters 1000), Outdoor Hard
    Federer walkover (SF)
  • 2017: Shanghai (Masters 1000), Outdoor Hard
    Federer bt Nadal 6-4 6-3 (Final)
  • 2017: Miami (Masters 1000), Outdoor Hard
    Federer bt Nadal 6-3 6-4 (Final)
  • 2017: Indian Wells (Masters 1000), Outdoor Hard
    Federer bt Nadal 6-2 6-3 (Last 16)
  • 2017: Australian Open (Grand Slam), Outdoor Hard
    Federer bt Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 (Final)
  • 2015: Basel, Indoor Hard
    Federer bt Nadal 6-3 5-7 6-3 (Final)
  • 2014: Australian Open (Grand Slam), Outdoor Hard
    Nadal bt Federer 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3 (SF)
  • 2013: London (ATP World Tour Finals), Indoor Hard
    Nadal bt Federer 7-5 6-3 (SF)
  • 2013: Cincinnati (Masters 1000), Outdoor Hard
    Nadal bt Federer 5-7 6-4 6-3 (QF)
  • 2013: Rome (Masters 1000), Outdoor Clay
    Nadal bt Federer 6-1 6-3 (Final)
  • 2013: Indian Wells (Masters 1000), Outdoor Hard
    Nadal bt Federer 6-4 6-2 (QF)
  • 2012: Indian Wells (Masters 1000), Outdoor Hard
    Federer bt Nadal 6-3 6-4 (SF)
  • 2012: Australian Open (Grand Slam), Outdoor Hard
    Nadal bt Federer 6-7(5) 6-2 7-6(5) 6-4 (SF)
  • 2011: London (ATP World Tour Finals), Indoor Hard
    Federer beat Nadal 6-3 6-0 (RR)
  • 2011: French Open (Grand Slam), Outdoor Clay
    Nadal bt Federer 7-5 7-6(3) 5-7 6-1 (Final)
  • 2011: Madrid (Masters 1000), Outdoor Clay
    Nadal bt Federer 5-7 6-1 6-3 (SF)
  • 2011: Miami (Masters 1000), Outdoor Hard
    Nadal bt Federer 6-3 6-2 (SF)
  • 2010: London (ATP World Tour Finals), Indoor Hard
    Federer bt Nadal 6-3 3-6 6-1 (Final)
  • 2010: Madrid (Masters 1000), Outdoor Clay
    Nadal bt Federer 6-4 7-6(5) (Final)
  • 2009: Madrid (Masters 1000), Outdoor Clay
    Federer bt Nadal 6-4 6-4 (Final)
  • 2009: Australian Open (Grand Slam), Outdoor Hard
    Nadal bt Federer 7-5 3-6 7-6(3) 3-6 6-2 (Final)
  • 2008: Wimbledon (Grand Slam), Outdoor Grass
    Nadal bt Federer: 6-4 6-4 6-7(5) 6-7(8) 9-7 (Final)
  • 2008: French Open (Grand Slam), Outdoor Clay
    Nadal bt Federer 6-1 6-3 6-0 (Final)
  • 2008: Hamburg (ATP Masters Series), Outdoor Clay
    Nadal bt Federer 7-5 6-7(3) 6-3 (Final)
  • 2008: Monte Carlo (ATP Masters Series), Outdoor Clay
    Nadal bt Federer 7-5 7-5 (Final)
  • 2007: China (Tennis Masters Cup), Indoor Hard
    Federer bt Nadal 6-4 6-1 (SF)
  • 2007: Wimbledon (Grand Slam), Outdoor Grass
    Federer bt Nadal 7-6(7) 4-6 7-6(3) 2-6 6-2 (Final)
  • 2007: French Open (Grand Slam), Outdoor Clay
    Nadal bt Federer 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4 (Final)
  • 2007: Hamburg (ATP Masters Series), Outdoor Clay
    Federer bt Nadal 2-6 6-2 6-0 (Final)
  • 2007: Monte Carlo (ATP Masters Series), Outdoor Clay
    Nadal bt Federer 6-4 6-4 (Final)
  • 2006: China (Tennis Masters Cup), Indoor Hard
    Federer bt Nadal 6-4 7-5 (SF)
  • 2006: Wimbledon (Grand Slam), Outdoor Grass
    Federer bt Nadal 6-0 7-6(5) 6-7(2) 6-3 (Final)
  • 2006: French Open (Grand Slam), Outdoor Clay
    Nadal bt Federer 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6(4) (Final)
  • 2006: Rome (Masters 1000), Outdoor Clay
    Nadal bt Federer 6-7(0) 7-6(5) 6-4 2-6 7-6(5) (Final)
  • 2006: Monte Carlo (ATP Masters Series), Outdoor Clay
    Nadal bt Federer 6-2 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6(5) (Final)
  • 2006: Dubai, Outdoor Hard
    Nadal bt Federer 2-6 6-4 6-4 (Final)
  • 2005: French Open (Grand Slam), Outdoor Clay
    Nadal bt Federer 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3 (SF)
  • 2005: Miami (Masters 1000), Outdoor Hard
    Federer bt Nadal 2-6 6-7(4) 7-6(5) 6-3 6-1 (Final)
  • 2004: Miami (Masters 1000), Outdoor Hard
    Nadal bt Federer 6-3 6-3 (Last 32)

Nadal v Federer: Random numbers

  • 40 - This will be the 40th meeting of the two greats. Nadal holds the upper hand with 24 wins to Federer's 15.
  • 70 - Their combined age. Federer turns 38 in August, Nadal is 33.
  • 38 - Grand slam titles between them. Federer has won 20, Nadal is looking for his 19th.
  • 100 - Matches won by Federer at Wimbledon, the first man to reach a century at a single grand slam event.
  • 11 - Consecutive grand slam wins between them, from the 2005 French Open to the US Open in 2007.
  • 9 - Number of games won by Nadal in the deciding set of the 2008 final, the last time they met at Wimbledon.
  • 211 - Consecutive weeks sharing the top two spots in the world rankings, from July 2005 to August 2009.
  • 17 - Nadal's age when they first played each other. The Spaniard beat the then world number one in straight sets, in Miami.
  • 65 - Consecutive grass court victories for Federer, a record run ended by Nadal in the 2008 Wimbledon final.
  • 234,308,576 - Combined career prize money (US dollars).

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