“No way I would be a journalist. You guys have tried to kill Roger often. But he’s always come back and proved you wrong. So one thing I would not do is make the mistake of saying Roger is dead.“ - Rafael Nadal
"I’ve done and lived the most with him. From five-set matches on court, to promoting a tournament in Qatar, to doing foundation work together. And I’ve gone to dinners with him. I know his family the best, as well. I know his mum, dad and sister. Yeah, our bond goes further back than the one I have with Novak or Andy. And for that reason I feel closest and most connected to Rafa.” - Roger Federer
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.