Tennis

The Nadal and Djokovic rivalry

Published 1712 GMT (0112 HKT) April 11, 2012
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Rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal embrace during the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 30 this year. The match was the longest in grand slam history at five hours and 53 minutes. Djokovic won 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 7-5. AFP/Getty Images
The tennis stars' first grand slam final battle came at the 2010 U.S. Open. Nadal took the title 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2. Getty Images
The pair first met at the 2006 French Open quarterfinals. Nadal won when Djokovic retired with an injury. The Spaniard won the tournament for the second of six times overall. Getty Images
Djokovic plays up to the cameras after winning his first Wimbledon in 2011, beating Nadal 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 in a final lasting two hours, 28 minutes. Getty Images
The pitch at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be transformed into a tennis court for the Nadal and Djokovic match on July 14. It is hoped more than 80,000 fans will attend, making it the biggest one-off tennis match in history. Getty Images