It is a common misconception that today is the anniversary of first Rafa vs. Roger match
Let me tell you the truth.
They first met on March 17th 2004 in Indian Wells doubles 2nd round, where they were paired Yves Allegro/Roger Federer vs. Rafa Nadal/Tommy Robredo. Rafa and Tommy beat Yves and Roger 7:5, 4:6, 3:6, however in the next round they lost in two sets to Bhupati/Mirnyi.
Roger continued to play in singles where in semi final he beat Agassi and in the final he beat Tim Henman (the one from Henman hill for younger generation lol)
Here’s Rafa chilling out in Roger’s box with Mirka Vavrinec during Roger’s quaterfinal against Juan Ignacio Chela
As for today, their first singles match can be seen HERE. Also check out my FEDAL MASTERPOST for (almost) all Fedal matches.
Roger Federer defeats Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 in the BNP Paribas Open final to claim his 5th title in Indian Wells, 25th Masters 1000 trophy and 90th career title. At 35 years old he becomes the oldest men’s singles player to win a Masters 1000 trophy.
Roger Federer defeats Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-3 in the 4th Round of the BNP Paribas Open, this victory marks the first time Federer has defeated Nadal three times in a row in their 36 match history. Federer reaches his 11th quarterfinal in Indian Wells, where he will face Nick Kyrgios.