Novak Djokovic at Australian Open vs Rafael Nadal at French Open in numbers: Is Serb or Spaniard tougher to beat?

Novak Djokovic has eight Australian Open titles. Rafael Nadal has 12 Roland Garros trophies. But which of the two is harder to beat at respective slam?

Tanuj Lakhina February 08, 2020 09:43:44 IST
Novak Djokovic at Australian Open vs Rafael Nadal at French Open in numbers: Is Serb or Spaniard tougher to beat?
  • Novak Djokovic has won 8 Australian Open titles out of 15 attempts

  • Rafael Nadal has a jaw-dropping 12 trophies at Roland Garros from his collective 19 slams

  • Djokovic (17) and Nadal (19) are two slams apart in the overall tally while trailing Roger Federer (20)

Novak Djokovic took his tally at Australian Open to eight on Sunday. It needed lots of effort, coming from two sets to one down, for the Serb to keep it 8-0 in the final at Melbourne Park. It also kept alive the remarkable statistic: each time Djokovic reaches the semis at Australian Open, he takes home the trophy. The win solidified his status as 'King of Australia,' a term coined and stated publicly by his opponent in the final - Dominic Thiem.

The tennis calendar shifts focus from the hard courts Down Under to Parisian red clay as far as the majors are concerned. That is where we find our second big juggernaut in Rafael Nadal. His tally there reads 12-0 in the finals. Moreover, it takes one hand to count the players who have been able to get past him on the red dirt. The Spaniard is quite rightfully is called the 'King of Clay'.

But which of the two players has made the respective slam their own in more convincing fashion?

Let's have you make the decision. Who gets your vote in the dominance question?

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