Federer – Nadal XXXVII on ESPN2 on Sunday at Miami Open

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Federer – Nadal XXXVII on ESPN2 on Sunday at Miami Open

  • Nadal Leads Rivalry 23-13, but Federer Leads 11-10 off Clay
  • Third Meeting Already in 2017, Swiss Has Won Last Three

For the 37th time, tennis legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet, Sunday, April 2, at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2 for the championship of the Miami Open presented by Itaú.  Chris Fowler will call the action with Darren Cahill and Brad Gilbert.

This already will be their third meeting of 2017, all on outdoor hard courts – the five-set thrilling Australian Open final (Federer extended his record with an 18th Major title) and in the Round of 16 at Indian Wells, a tournament Federer also won.  Federer also won their previous meeting, in 2015 in the final in Basel, giving the Swiss a first-ever three-match winning streak over his Spanish rival.

While both players are rightfully lauded for their athleticism, dedication, stamina and class, the two could not be more different in style.  A tale of the tape:

    No. 4 Seed Federer                                                                         No. 5 Seed Nadal

35 (Aug. 8, 1981) Age 30 (June 3, 1986)
Basel, Switzerland Birthplace Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
Married, twin boys, twin girls Marital Status / Children Single, none
6’1″ (185 cm) Height 6’1″ (185 cm)
187 lbs (85 kg) Weight 188 lbs (85 kg)
Right-Handed Plays Left-Handed
One-Handed Backhand Two-Handed
1998 Turned Pro 2001
302 (record) / 3 Weeks / Times Ranked No. 1 141 / 3
12 / 1 YTD Won/Lost 14 / 4
2 YTD Titles 0
1080 / 245 Career W / L 820 / 178
90 Career Titles 69
18-10 Career Major Final Record 14-6
13 Head to Head:  Overall 23
4 Head to Head:  Outdoor Hard Courts 8
8 Head to Head:  Finals 14
3 Head to Head:  Major Finals 6
$102,814,690 Career Prize Money $80,371,867

* – Stats are before the Miami Open, from ATPWorldTour.com

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