Two of the all-time greatest players in the history of tennis, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal gave us some of the best matches we have ever seen in grand slam tournaments. They never disappoint whenever they meet each other on the big stage. So here are the 5 best grand slam matches between Nova Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
#5 French Open semi-final – 2013
In 2013 French open semi-final was between Rafael Nadal and Djokovic. Djokovic was playing for his eighth career grand slam title and Nadal was looking for his eighth in Paris. Match continued for 4 hours and 37 minutes. Nadal won the match and he defeated Djokovic by 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3/7), 9-7.
#4 French Open final – 2012
It was a very special match in 2012 at the French Open final as the king of clay Nadal was playing against Djokovic in the final. Rain interrupted the play and the final match continued for two days. When play resumed it was Nadal who won the title for the seventh time in his career by 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
#3 Wimbledon Open semi-final – 2018
Before this iconic match between the two greats, Novak Djokovic was not in very good form as he was defeated in the quarter-finals of the French Open but despite that, he played one of the longest matches of his career against Nadal which ended in 5 hours and 15 minutes. Novak won that match by 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9), 3-6, 10-8.
#2 French Open quarter-final – 2015
In 2015 it was a very special match for Djokovic as he became the second player to defeat the king of clay Rafael Nadal at his home in the French Open. Nadal was almost unstoppable on clay courts but Djokovic showed his class to defeat him. he not only defeated Nadal but he also won the French Open title against Andy Murray in the finals. Djokovic defeated Nadal by 7-5, 6-3, 6-1.
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#1 Australian Open final – 2012
For the third final in the row, both of these players played the longest ever final of a grand slam in the 2012 Australian Open. Time duration of the match was 5 hours and 53 minutes. Djokovic won the match and title by 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5. The match was a physical challenge for both the players but fans enjoyed every minute of that match as they were witnessing one of the greatest rivalries in tennis history.