The next is a timeline charting how Nadal, enjoying in what is taken into account to be the best period of males’s tennis, surpassed the haul of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
2003: Federer grew to become the most recent entrant into the Grand Slam membership with the primary of his eight Wimbledon titles, beating Mark Philippoussis within the ultimate.
Tally: Federer 1
2004: The Swiss flexed his muscular tissues by successful three majors — the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Tally: Federer 4
2005: Whereas Federer defended his Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles, Nadal burst on to the scene together with his first French Open title beating Mariano Puerta within the ultimate.
Tally: Federer 6; Nadal 1
2006: Federer’s domination continued as he gained three majors, together with beating Nadal within the Wimbledon ultimate, however Nadal laid the muse for his claycourt reign together with his second French Open title.
Tally: Federer 9; Nadal 2
2007: The seemingly unstoppable Federer repeated his feat from the earlier yr however the French Open title continued to elude him as Nadal thwarted him within the ultimate for a second straight yr.
Tally: Federer 12; Nadal 3
2008: Djokovic hit the massive time together with his maiden main, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga within the Australian Open ultimate. After his French Open triumph, Nadal shocked Federer within the Wimbledon ultimate however the Swiss responded by successful the U.S. Open.
Tally: Federer 13; Nadal 5; Djokovic 1
2009: Nadal gained his first hardcourt Grand Slam title, edging out Federer in 5 units within the Australian Open ultimate. Nevertheless, Nadal’s 31-match successful streak at Roland Garros ended within the fourth spherical, permitting Federer to say his solely French crown.
Nadal was unable to defend his Wimbledon title as he was compelled to tug out with knee issues.
The Swiss went on to say his report fifteenth main at Wimbledon, surpassing Pete Sampras’ report tally.
Tally: Federer 15; Nadal 6; Djokovic 1
2010: Federer began the yr by successful the Australian Open for a fourth time.
But it surely turned out to be Nadal’s most interesting marketing campaign as he swept the following three majors. He defeated Djokovic within the U.S. Open ultimate to finish a profession Grand Slam.
Tally: Federer 16; Nadal 9; Djokovic 1
2011: The Large Two grew to become the Large Three as Djokovic gained 10 titles in 2011, together with three majors on the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
In the meantime, Nadal reclaimed his French Open crown for his tenth main title general.
Tally: Federer 16; Nadal 10; Djokovic 4
2012: Djokovic overcame Nadal within the longest Grand Slam ultimate in Open Period to win his third Australian Open title.
Nadal continued his dominant run at Roland Garros so as to add one other main title to his tally, whereas Federer gained a record-extending seventeenth main at Wimbledon.
Tally: Federer 17; Nadal 11; Djokovic 5
2013: Djokovic gained his third straight Australian Open by defeating Andy Murray within the ultimate. Whereas Federer struggled with a again harm, Nadal completed the yr as primary after defending his French Open crown and including one other U.S. Open title to his tally.
Tally: Federer 17; Nadal 13; Djokovic 6
2014: Once more Federer failed so as to add to his Grand Slam tally as Nadal gained his ninth French Open title, equalling Sampras’ complete of 14 slams. Djokovic defeated Federer within the Wimbledon ultimate.
Tally: Federer 17; Nadal 14; Djokovic 7
2015: Djokovic accelerates, successful the Australian Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open and likewise grew to become solely the second man to defeat Nadal on the French Open when he beat the Spaniard within the quarter-finals, solely to lose to Stan Wawrinka within the ultimate.
Tally: Federer 17; Nadal 14; Djokovic 10
2016: Djokovic defended his Australian Open crown earlier than successful his maiden French Open title, making him the holder of all 4 majors — a feat the media dubbed the “Nole Slam”.
Nadal and Federer had been each suffering from accidents throughout the season and failed so as to add to their Grand Slam hauls.
Tally: Federer 17; Nadal 14; Djokovic 12
2017: Federer gained his 18th slam — and his first since Wimbledon 2012 — with an exciting five-set victory over Nadal within the Australian Open ultimate.
Nadal cemented his place as the best claycourter in historical past when he secured a report tenth title in Roland Garros.
Federer grew to become the primary man to win Wimbledon eight occasions with victory over Marin Cilic within the ultimate, earlier than Nadal clinched his third U.S. Open title.
Djokovic missed the second a part of the yr with an elbow drawback.
Tally: Federer 19; Nadal 16; Djokovic 12
2018: Federer gained his sixth Australian Open to develop into solely the fourth participant after Margaret Courtroom, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf to win 20 or extra main singles titles. Nadal prolonged his successful run at Roland Garros, earlier than Djokovic earned his first main in additional than two years at Wimbledon.
A 3rd triumph in New York ensured Djokovic had equalled Sampras’ tally of 14 majors and was now solely behind Federer and Nadal within the all-time record.
Tally: Federer 20; Nadal 17; Djokovic 14
2019: Nadal closes to inside considered one of Federer’s complete as he maintained his stranglehold on the French Open and beat rising Russian Daniil Medvedev to win the U.S. Open.
Djokovic gained a 3rd successive main and a seventh Australian Open with a dominant straight units win over Nadal and saved two match factors towards Federer to win a fifth Wimbledon title in a five-set basic.
Tally: Federer 20; Nadal 19; Djokovic 16
2020: Djokovic reeled off one other Australian Open title however was thrashed 6-0 6-2 7-5 within the Roland Garros ultimate by Nadal who moved alongside Federer for the primary time with a record-equalling twentieth males’s main title. With Nadal and Federer absent from the U.S. Open, Djokovic missed a chance to shut the hole on his rivals after being disqualified from his fourth-round match for by chance hitting a ball at a line decide.
Tally: Federer 20; Nadal 20; Djokovic 17
2021: Djokovic seems set to eclipse Nadal and Federer as he stormed to a ninth Australian Open title, beat Nadal within the French Open semi-final earlier than downing Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas within the ultimate and outclassed Italian Matteo Berrettini within the Wimbledon ultimate.
Victory over Medvedev within the U.S. Open ultimate would have sealed a primary males’s calendar yr Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969, and the lead within the G.O.A.T (biggest of all time) race, however the Serbian was surprisingly crushed.
Nadal missed the second half of the yr with a foot harm whereas Federer was additionally sidelined by a knee harm.
Tally: Federer 20, Nadal 20, Djokovic 20
2022: Nadal admitted that he was simply happy to be enjoying in Melbourne after fearing his foot harm would possibly finish his profession. However with Djokovic deported after his visa was cancelled and Federer absent via harm, the Spaniard rolled again the years, changing into the primary man to win 21 Grand Slam titles by beating Medvedev to say the Australian Open for the primary time since 2009.
Tally: Nadal 21, Federer 20, Djokovic 20