It has been 7 years since the 2006 Rome Masters final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. That was one of the few times that the Swiss Maestro came close to challenging the ‘King of Clay’ on his favourite surface. The young Spaniard saved numerous match points and came back from 2-5 down in the final set tie break to pull off a famous win and improve his head to head against the then world no.1 Roger Federer to 5-1.
Till 2008, the Nadal-Federer rivalry was one of the greatest the sport had ever seen. It all culminated at the 2008 Wimbledon final where the Spaniard sealed an emphatic victory to take the crown from the Federer Express. Since then, the duo, who have 28 Slams between them, have faced off 12 times and the 7 time French Open champion has emerged victorious 8 times, truly making him the 31 year old's kryptonite, an obstacle he just cannot seemed to cross.