Federer saw rival Nadal ‘grow, right in front of my eyes’

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal own an unforgettable collection of on-court contests and a healthy store of mutual off-court respect for each other. Their contrasting styles and unforgettable five-set 2008 Wimbledon final are part of why their rivalry is among the best in tennis history. They have played in three titles matches at the All England Club in a total of 40 tour-level meetings. Each has played Novak Djokovic more to make for two more classic rivalries. Also on the men’s list is Pete Sampras vs. Andre Agassi, John McEnroe vs. Jimmy Connors and both against Bjorn Borg.