Who is better on hard courts? Nadal or Djokovic?
I think this is a rather interesting question.
Since 2007, Djokovic and Nadal have had almost identical records on hard courts.
Hard Court Slams:
Djokovic - 4th round
Nadal - Quarterfinals
Djokovic - Finals
Nadal - 4th round
Djokovic - Quarterfinals
Nadal - Winner
TOTAL HARD COURT SLAM RECORDS SINCE 2007:
Hard Court Masters' Series:
Since 2007, Nadal has won 3 Masters Series 1000 titles on hard courts. He won 2007 and 2009 Indian Wells and 2008 Canada Masters. In that same time period, Djokovic has won 3 Masters Series 1000 titles as well. he won 2007 Miami and Canada as well as 2008 Indian Wells.
Furthermore, Nadal made the finals of Paris in 2007 and Miami in 2008. Djokovic made the finals of Indian Wells in 2007, Cinncinati in 2008, and Miami in 2009.
Other Major Titles:
Nadal won the Olympics last year, while Djokovic only got the Bronze Medal. Conversely, Djokovic won the 2008 Masters Cup title, while Nadal has never been beyond the semis.
Djokovic has also won Vienna in 2007 and Dubai in 2009, both 500 events.
Since 2007, Nadal has won 5 titles on hard courts. Djokovic has won 8.
Overall record Since 2007
Nadal: 99-25 (79.8%)
Djokovic: 108-29 (78.8%)
These two players have met 5 times on hard courts. Djokovic leads 3-2.
Djokovic beat Nadal in the semifinals of the 2008 Cinncinati Masters, the semifinals of Indian Wells in 2008, and the semifinals of the Canada Masters in 2007.
Nadal beat Djokovic in the semifinals of the Olympics in 2008 and in a round robin match in the 2007 Masters Cup Championship.
Personally, I think that Djokovic is actually slightly better than Nadal on hard courts, but it is extremely close.
Who do you think is better? Also, what about that person's game or style makes them good/bad on hard courts?
Last edited by lessthanjake; 07-29-2009 at 06:00 PM.