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Stats by Age

Updated for March 17th, 2012 to compare Federer and Nadal at the age of 25 years, nine months and 14 days

How about if we compare the results of Roger Federer and Rafel Nadal by age?

The chart below was created by taking key milestones in the Nadal and Federer careers to date, and and sorting these by age.

You can see which and how many ATP titles, Masters Series titles, Majors each had won at any given age. We also added a column for weeks at number one.

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The comparison stops when Roger reached the age that Rafa is today – then there is just the long list of the Fed’s achievements that Nadal must try to match if he ever wants to topple the Swiss great as undisputed best tennis player of this generation.

TODAY Comparing Nadal and Federer both at 25y, 9m, 14d ATP Master Majors Weeks No. 1
Rafael Nadal on 17th March 2012 46 19 10 102
Roger Federer on 22nd May 2007 when he was same age 48 13 10 172

 

Here is the complete detail below, year by year and day by day – enjoy!

Player Date Age Milestone ATP Master Majors Weeks No 1
Nadal 15.08.2004 18y, 2m, 12d won Sopot, Poland 1 0 0 0
Nadal 20.02.2005 18y, 8m, 17d won Costa do Sauípe, Brasil 2 0 0 0
Nadal 27.02.2005 18y, 8m, 24d won Acapulco, Mexico 3 0 0 0
Nadal 17.04.2005 18y, 10m, 14d won Montecarlo, Monaco 4 1 0 0
Nadal 24.04.2005 18y, 10m, 21d won Barcelona, Spain 5 1 0 0
Nadal 08.05.2005 18y, 11m, 5d won Rome, Italy 6 2 0 0
Nadal 05.06.2005 19y, 0m, 2d won French Open 7 2 1 0
Nadal 10.07.2005 19y, 1m, 7d won Båstad, Sweden 8 2 1 0
Nadal 24.07.2005 19y, 1m, 21d won Stuttgart, Germany 9 2 1 0
Nadal 14.08.2005 19y, 2m, 11d won Montreal, Canada 10 3 1 0
Nadal 18.09.2005 19y, 3m, 15d won Beijing, China 11 3 1 0
Nadal 23.10.2005 19y, 4m, 20d won Madrid, Spain 12 4 1 0
Federer 04.02.2001 19y, 5m, 27d won Milan, Italy 1 0 0 0
Nadal 04.03.2006 19y, 9m, 1d won Dubai, UAE 13 4 1 0
Nadal 23.04.2006 19y, 10m, 20d won Montecarlo, Monaco (2) 14 5 1 0
Nadal 30.04.2006 19y, 10m, 27d won Barcelona, Spain (2) 15 5 1 0
Nadal 14.05.2006 19y, 11m, 11d won Rome, Italy (2) 16 6 1 0
Nadal 11.06.2006 20y, 0m, 8d won French Open (2) 17 6 2 0
Federer 13.01.2002 20y, 5m, 5d won Sydney, Australia 2 0 0 0
Federer 19.05.2002 20y, 9m, 11d won Hamburg, Germany 3 1 0 0
Nadal 18.03.2007 20y, 9m, 15d won Indian Wells, USA 18 7 2 0
Nadal 22.04.2007 20y, 10m, 19d won Montecarlo, Monaco (3) 19 8 2 0
Nadal 29.04.2007 20y, 10m, 26d won Barcelona, Spain (3) 20 8 2 0
Nadal 13.05.2007 20y, 11m, 10d won Rome, Italy (3) 21 9 2 0
Nadal 10.06.2007 21y, 0m, 7d won French Open (3) 22 9 3 0
Nadal 22.07.2007 21y, 1m, 19d won Stuttgart, Germany (2) 23 9 3 0
Federer 13.10.2002 21y, 2m, 5d won Vienna, Austria 4 1 0 0
Federer 16.02.2003 21y, 6m, 8d won Marseille, France 5 1 0 0
Federer 02.03.2003 21y, 6m, 22d won Dubai, UAE 6 1 0 0
Federer 04.05.2003 21y, 8m, 26d won Munich, Germany 7 1 0 0
Federer 15.06.2003 21y, 10m, 7d won Halle, Germany 8 1 0 0
Nadal 27.04.2008 21y, 10m, 24d won Montecarlo, Monaco (4) 24 10 3 0
Federer 06.07.2003 21y, 10m, 28d won Wimbledon 9 1 1 0
Nadal 04.05.2008 21y, 11m, 1d won Barcelona, Spain (4) 25 10 3 0
Nadal 18.05.2008 21y, 11m, 15d won Hamburg, Germany 26 11 3 0
Nadal 08.06.2008 22y, 0m, 5d won French Open (4) 27 11 4 0
Nadal 15.06.2008 22y, 0m, 12d won London Queen’s Club, UK 28 11 4 0
Nadal 06.07.2008 22y, 1m, 3d won Wimbledon 29 11 5 0
Nadal 27.07.2008 22y, 1m, 24d won Toronto, Canada 30 12 5 0
Federer 12.10.2003 22y, 2m, 4d won Vienna, Austria (2) 10 1 1 0
Nadal 17.08.2008 22y, 2m, 14d won 2008 Summer Olympics 31 12 5 0
Nadal 18.08.2008 22y, 2m, 15d became ATP World Number One 31 12 5 0
Federer 16.11.2003 22y, 3m, 8d won ATP Final, Houston, USA 11 1 1 0
Federer 01.02.2004 22y, 5m, 24d won Australian Open 12 1 2 0
Federer 02.02.2004 22y, 5m, 25d became ATP World Number One 12 1 2 0
Federer 07.03.2004 22y, 6m, 28d won Dubai, UAE (2) 13 1 2 5
Federer 21.03.2004 22y, 7m, 13d won Indian Wells, USA 14 2 2 7
Nadal 01.02.2009 22y, 7m, 29d won Australian Open 32 12 6 24
Federer 16.05.2004 22y, 9m, 8d won Hamburg, Germany (2) 15 3 2 15
Nadal 22.03.2009 22y, 9m, 19d won Indian Wells, USA 33 13 6 31
Federer 13.06.2004 22y, 10m, 5d won Halle, Germany (2) 16 3 2 19
Nadal 19.04.2009 22y, 10m, 16d won Montecarlo, Monaco (5) 34 14 6 35
Nadal 26.04.2009 22y, 10m, 23d won Barcelona, Spain (5) 35 14 6 36
Nadal 03.05.2009 22y, 11m, 0d won Rome, Italy (4) 36 15 6 37
Federer 11.07.2004 22y, 11m, 3d won Wimbledon (2) 17 3 3 23
Federer 11.07.2004 22y, 11m, 3d won Gstaad, Switzerland 18 3 3 23
Federer 01.08.2004 22y, 11m, 24d won Toronto, Canada 19 4 3 26
Nadal 05.07.2009 23y, 1m, 2d stopped being ATP Number One 36 15 6 46
Federer 12.09.2004 23y, 1m, 4d won US Open 20 4 4 32
Federer 03.10.2004 23y, 1m, 25d won Bangkok, Thailand 21 4 4 35
Federer 21.11.2004 23y, 3m, 13d won ATP Final, Houston, USA (2) 22 4 4 42
Federer 09.01.2005 23y, 5m, 1d won Doha, Qatar 23 4 4 49
Federer 20.02.2005 23y, 6m, 12d won Rotterdam, Netherlands 24 4 4 55
Federer 27.02.2005 23y, 6m, 19d won Dubai, UAE (3) 25 4 4 56
Federer 20.03.2005 23y, 7m, 12d won Indian Wells, USA (2) 26 5 4 59
Federer 03.04.2005 23y, 7m, 26d won Miami, USA 27 6 4 61
Federer 15.05.2005 23y, 9m, 7d won Hamburg, Germany (3) 28 7 4 67
Federer 13.06.2005 23y, 10m, 5d won Halle, Germany (3) 29 7 4 71
Nadal 18.04.2010 23y, 10m, 15d won Montecarlo, Monaco (6) 37 16 6 46
Federer 03.07.2005 23y, 10m, 25d won Wimbledon (3) 30 7 5 74
Nadal 02.05.2010 23y, 10m, 29d won Rome, Italy (5) 38 17 6 46
Nadal 16.05.2010 23y, 11m, 13d won Madrid, Spain 39 18 6 46
Nadal 06.06.2010 24y, 0m, 3d won French Open (5) 40 18 7 46
Nadal 07.06.2010 24y, 0m, 4d became ATP World Number One 40 18 7 46
Federer 21.08.2005 24y, 0m, 13d won Cincinnati, USA 31 8 5 81
Nadal 04.07.2010 24y, 1m, 1d won Wimbledon (2) 41 18 8 50
Federer 11.09.2005 24y, 1m, 3d won US Open (2) 32 8 6 84
Federer 02.10.2005 24y, 1m, 24d won Bangkok, Thailand (2) 33 8 6 87
Nadal 13.09.2010 24y, 3m, 10d won US Open 42 18 9 61
Nadal 10.10.2010 24y, 4m, 7d won Japan Open 43 18 9 65
Federer 08.01.2006 24y, 5m, 0d won Doha, Qatar (2) 34 8 6 101
Federer 29.01.2006 24y, 5m, 21d won Australian Open (2) 35 8 7 104
Federer 19.03.2006 24y, 7m, 11d won Indian Wells, USA (3) 36 9 7 111
Federer 02.04.2006 24y, 7m, 25d won Miami, USA (2) 37 10 7 113
Federer 18.06.2006 24y, 10m, 10d won Halle, Germany (4) 38 10 7 124
Nadal 17.04.2011 24y, 10m, 14d won Monte-Carlo (7) 44 19 9 91
Nadal 24.04.2011 24y, 10m, 21d won Barcelona (6) 45 19 9 92
Federer 09.07.2006 24y, 11m, 1d won Wimbledon (4) 39 10 8 127
Nadal 05.06.2011 25y, 0m, 2d won French Open (6) 46 19 10 99
Federer 13.08.2006 25y, 0m, 5d won Toronto, Canada (2) 40 11 8 132
Federer 10.09.2006 25y, 1m, 2d won US Open (3) 41 11 9 136
Federer 08.10.2006 25y, 2m, 0d won Tokyo, Japan 42 11 9 140
Federer 22.10.2006 25y, 2m, 14d won Madrid, Spain 43 12 9 142
Federer 29.10.2006 25y, 2m, 21d won Basel, Switzerland 44 12 9 143
Federer 19.11.2006 25y, 3m, 11d won ATP Finals, Shanghai, China (3) 45 12 9 146
Federer 28.01.2007 25y, 5m, 20d won Australian Open (3) 46 12 10 156
Nadal 03.07.2011 25y, 1m, 0d Stopped being ATP World Number One 46 19 10 102
Federer 03.03.2007 25y, 6m, 23d won Dubai, UAE (4) 47 12 10 161
Federer 20.05.2007 25y, 9m, 12d won Hamburg, Germany (4) 48 13 10 172
TODAY Comparing Nadal and Federer both at 25y, 9m, 14d
Rafael Nadal on 17th March 2012 46 19 10 102
Roger Federer on 22nd May 2007 when he was same age 48 13 10 172
Federer 08.07.2007 25y, 11m, 0d won Wimbledon (5) 49 13 11 179
Federer 19.08.2007 26y, 0m, 11d won Cincinnati, USA (2) 50 14 11 185
Federer 09.09.2007 26y, 1m, 1d won US Open (4) 51 14 12 188
Federer 28.10.2007 26y, 2m, 20d won Basel, Switzerland (2) 52 14 12 195
Federer 18.11.2007 26y, 3m, 10d won ATP Finals, Shanghai, China (4) 53 14 12 198
Federer 20.04.2008 26y, 8m, 12d won Estoril, Portugal 54 14 12 220
Federer 15.06.2008 26y, 10m, 7d won Halle, Germany (5) 55 14 12 228
Federer 17.08.2008 27y, 0m, 9d stopped being ATP Number One 55 14 12 237
Federer 08.09.2008 27y, 1m, 0d won US Open (5) 56 14 13 237
Federer 26.10.2008 27y, 2m, 18d won Basel, Switzerland (3) 57 14 13 237
Federer 17.05.2009 27y, 9m, 9d won Madrid, Spain (2) 58 15 13 237
Federer 07.06.2009 27y, 9m, 30d won French Open 59 15 14 237
Federer 05.07.2009 27y, 10m, 27d won Wimbledon (6) 60 15 15 237
Federer 06.07.2009 27y, 10m, 28d became ATP World Number One 60 15 15 237
Federer 23.08.2009 28y, 0m, 15d won Cincinnati, USA (3) 61 16 15 244
Federer 31.01.2010 28y, 5m, 23d won Australian Open (4) 62 16 16 267
Federer 06.06.2010 28y, 9m, 29d stopped being ATP Number One 62 16 16 285
Federer 23.08.2010 29y, 0m, 15d won Cincinnati, USA (5) 63 17 16 285
Federer 24.10.2010 29y, 2m, 16d won Stockholm, Sweden 64 17 16 285
Federer 07.11.2010 29y, 2m, 30d won Basel, Switzerland (4) 65 17 16 285
Federer 28.11.2010 29y, 3m, 20d won ATP Finals, London, UK (5) 66 17 16 285
Federer 08.01.2011 29y, 5m, 0d won Doha, Qatar (3) 67 17 16 285
Federer 06.11.2011 30y, 2m, 29d won Basel, Switzerland (5) 68 17 16 285
Federer 13.11.2011 30y, 3m, 5d won Paris, France 69 18 16 285
Federer 27.11.2011 30y, 3m, 19d won ATP Finals, London, UK (6) 70 18 16 285
Federer 19.02.2012 30y, 6m, 11d won Rotterdam, Netherlands (2) 71 18 16 285
Federer 03.03.2012 30y, 6m, 24d won Dubai, UAE (5) 72 18 16 285

 

14 comments to Stats by Age

  • richard

    yes fantastic comparing the best by age to get the technical side of things out in the open.the rafa domination is what tiger did to golf but so far on a smaller scale so far, i remember other golfers not winning anything only picking up scraps. rafa has the potential to do the same as woods complete domination

  • Srini

    Fed is better than Nadal..here is the stat..
    They have met 23 times till now. Out of which the H2H stands 14-9..Pls correct if I am wrong.
    Out of 14 victories of Nadal 10 victories came in Clay Surface. They have met 12 times in Clay surface, out of which 10-2 in favor of Nadal.
    Fedrer on other surface 7-4.

    I would consider Federer better because he was able to make it to most of the clay appearances against Nadal, same is not the case with Nadal.

    Federer has been very consistent in making to all GS finals in the last 6 yrs. In the last 6 yrs out of 24 finals, made it to 21 finals, 2 semifinal and 1 qf. I believe that is amazing consistency. Again same is not the case with Nadal.

    This is in the last 5 yrs..But I believe Nadal shuld overtake Federer in records if he play well till 28 yrs.

  • mia

    hey srini
    i think you are totally wrong because nadal is not just dominate on clay he has won wimbledon as well. nadal has also between federer more times.
    NADALS BETTER
    and federer is abad sportman……

  • Christos

    Hi all,

    Indeed the website is very good. Haven’t encountered something similar so far and I believe it is great to know the stats by age as these will give you a good insight of how two of arguably the greatest players to hold a racquet performed at specific times in their careers. I won’t get involved into the discussion about who is the best and who is not as this can be argued when both of the players have retired. Then it would be much more meaningful to make comparisons especially since their is a 5-year age lag.
    The only comment I would like to make concerns the current status of the Federer-Nadal comparison. Nadal’s age on 14 Dec 2010 was 24y 6m and 11d and not 24y 5m and 21d as it is incorrectly stated above.

    Thanks

  • Thanks Christos, have updated and thereby fixed the error you reported.

  • wozb

    I think precocious players are sometimes over-eulogised. That is not the case with Rafa, who is an excellent sportsman, and very gracious, as well as winning more Grand Slams than all but 6 male players, or 3 in the Open era.
    But if stats are our currency, let us see how many Rafa has won by his 26th birthday; or more tellingly, by the age of 26 and 2 months, which will give a proper comparison because Federer won his 12th Slam (the 2007 US Open) just after his 26th birthday, and the 2012 French Open final is just after Nadal’s 26th. Already, Nadal will be only one Slam ahead of Fed when he hits 25 (9 compared with 8), and would be equal if he doesn’t win this year’s Roland Garros.
    Nadal has of course won an Olympic Gold, (and several Davis Cup team titles) but I would go for Fed because of the following: He makes tennis look like art rather than graft; he has been dominant on two surfaces, rather than one, and won five in a row at Wimbledon and the US Open; he has an amazing record of getting to Grand Slam finals or semis and almost all his defeats since winning his first Slam in 2003 have been to the eventual winner ie someone playing a blinder of a tournament (and that is definitely not the case with Nadal, who is more vulnerable to injury and inconsistency).
    As an aside, let’s not forget that Bjorn Borg won his 11th Grand Slam just after turning 25 (more than Nadal or Federer) and then gave it all up. So maybe we should just enjoy genius.

  • CT

    Great summary – here’s hoping you get to add RG 2011 to Nadal’s total after tomorrow!

  • Lexter

    Great to watch another high class Nadal v Federer Grand Slam final before their benchmark rivalry draws to an inevitable close. Listening to the Australian commentators today would have you believe that Federer was clearly the better player and that Nadal is merely a “relentless” returner not in the same class. This website’s age adjusted comparison of the respective records of Federer and Nadal goes some way to rebalancing the negative attitude toward Nadal’s achievements but it also misses out the fact that Federer came to prominence during a low in professional tennis strength with the end of the Sampras and Agassi dominance. Roger’s first 7 Grand Slam final wins came against a 35 year old Agassi plus Safin, Roddick, Hewitt and Baghdatis. It wasn’t until he struck a 20 year old Nadal at final 8 that the 24 year old Federer found an opponent to prove his greatness against. Despite the age difference Nadal has gone on to win 10 Grand Slams to date(8 since that first French Open final meeting) in the same era as the great Federer has won 9 Grand Slams since first striking Nadal in a final. Of course it is too early to finally compare their records but to this point they measure each others greatness and to underrate Nadal detracts from Federer’s achievements as well. Djokovic’s 2011 winning run is further evidence (if any is needed) of just how good Nadal and Federer are to have kept Djokovic at No.3 for 4 years!

  • David Killwife

    to put it simply, when it comes to head-to-head,

    Rafa is to Megatron

    Roger is to Starscream

    Starscream will always be Megatron’s b*tch, Ok?

  • kaiser

    I think roger is the best .as. far I m concern tennis is mosty an indiv sport so. Davis cup doesn’t really count. Because the event is far less important to players now than amajor . If. We stand with this side by side stats we all see that feds catching up nadal who is now just 1. Atp 7masters and 1. Major ahead of feds.

  • kaiser

    Why this comparison has not been updating for a while is there any embarasment to see that nadal can’t win anymore …please keeep on updating stats or you justt wait to the. Next french open wh en he got. A. Ch ance to win again…

  • David

    Yes, needs updating. Will do so as soon as schedule allows. Not a matter of favouring one player over another…will be interesting to see how the numbers stack up by the end of the year now that this period coincides with Fed’s very best years on the circuit.

  • Christos

    Hi all,

    Yes, David, indeed this will be very interesting to see. Especially, since as of 26Dec2011 (when Nadal was 25y,6m,23d ) Roger is the youngest (at least between the two of them) to reach 47 titles. At this point Rafa had (and still has) 46 titles of which 19 are masters and are 10 slams. Roger at that date had 12 Masters and 10 slams. Rafa was the youngest by 5 months to win 10 slams.

    However, on the 03May2012 (when Nadal will be 25y,11m,0d) Roger will be the youngest (between the two of them again but also in the Open Era just behind Borg) that will have 11 slams. On that age Roger had in total 49 titles including 13 Masters. Nadal will be the youngest (ever) holding 13 slams if he goes to win French, Wimbledon and US this year. Still Fed will be the youngest (ever) with 12 slams even if Nadal wins both French and Wimbledon in this year.

    So, it appears that, things are going to be very interesting this year but also in the years to come as it is obvious now what Nadal has to do if he is going to be considered as the GOAT (assuming of course that the # of Slams is one of the most important factors in determining that). The age excuse that was used so far seems to be fading away and the only thing Nadal has to do is to perform better than Federer performed during the period after his 10th Slam (which is still ongoing).

    Time will show.

  • Christos

    Hi David,

    Thanks for the update. I was having a look at the table and I spotted a small mistake. Nadal who stopped being number one at 03Jul2011 should go further up after Federer’s second win in Toronto/Canada and before his third US Open win.

    Thanks

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