We can date this rivalry back to March of 2004 where 17 year old Nadal was going up against Federer in the third round of the Miami Masters. Federer who was in the prime of his career was not expecting much of a match up against a young rookie competitor. The world was shocked as #1 in the world went down in straight sets to the young and vibrant Nadal. Ever since then the two tennis superstars have created one of the greatest tennis rivalries to date. It seems now though that the rivalry is beginning to simmer down as Nadal is up 20-10 in overall matches. Nadal seems to have an edge over Federer on clay courts having a 13-2 record against him on these types floors. Still, Federer is currently ranked above Nadal at #3 in the ATP rankings as Nadal ranks at #4 going into the Paris Masters. Hopefully this rivalry will live on in tennis history but, for now we will leave you with one of the greatest finals between these two at the 2008 Wimbledon tournament.