Federer or Nadal: Who has had the best year?

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Federer and Nadal each won two majors

Nadal tops rankings, but Federer could still overtake him

Nadal still leads Federer, 23-15

CNN  — 

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have dominated the tennis season, dividing the sport’s biggest prizes between them.

But who has had the best year?

CNN takes a closer look at the numbers to see how the two legends compare in 2017.

Grand Slam titles

Having been written off by many a year ago when he took six months off to let his surgically repaired knee recover, Federer made a stunning comeback at the Australian Open, winning his first major since 2012 by beating Nadal in the finals. The Swiss, who turned 36 in August, continued his fine form at Wimbledon, where he clinched a record eighth title.

While Federer sat out Roland Garros, Nadal won his 10th French Open title in blistering form on the Parisian clay. The 31-year-old Spaniard is the only player – male or female – to win any major 10 times.

One of only three men to have won majors in their teens, 20s and 30s, Nadal ended his grand slam season with a third US Open title.

Verdict: With two majors each, it’s a tie. But Federer still has the upper hand when it comes to grand slam titles won with 19, three more than Nadal.

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Win percentage

Thanks to smart scheduling with long periods of time off to aid rest and recovery, Federer has barely lost this season. His 44-4 run gives him a win percentage of 91.7%, a mark he has exceeded only twice in his long career.

Federer and Nadal first played each other in 2004.

Nadal, on the other hand, has played a full schedule, going 65-10, which gives him a win percentage of 86.7%.

In 1984, John McEnroe put down the best season win-loss record in the Open era, winning 96.5% of his matches with 82 wins and just three losses, which included a record 42-match run that ended in the French Open finals. Federer recorded the second-best season in 2005, when he won 95.3% of his matches.

Verdict: Once again, it’s a tie. Although Federer has the better win percentage, that stat would undoubtedly have looked different had he played during the clay court season. Look at win percentage over their entire careers, and Nadal has a slight edge with 82.6% to Federer’s 81.9%.