In the 33rd meeting between the two best players over the last 10 years, Rafael Nadal pulled out a 59-minute first set and rolled from there to improve to 3-0 against Roger Federer at the Australian Open, winning 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 on Jan. 24, 2014.  As Rod Laver and Pete Sampras sat in the crowd, Nadal showed once again why his now 23-10 record against Federer is no fluke. (Rick Rycroft/AP)
GALLERY: Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer

In the 33rd meeting between the two best players over the last 10 years, Rafael Nadal pulled out a 59-minute first set and rolled from there to improve to 3-0 against Roger Federer at the Australian Open, winning 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 on Jan. 24, 2014.  As Rod Laver and Pete Sampras sat in the crowd, Nadal showed once again why his now 23-10 record against Federer is no fluke. (Rick Rycroft/AP)

GALLERY: Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer

With his second U.S. Open victory in four years, Rafael Nadal has won 13 Grand Slam titles, passing Roy Emerson for third among the all-time leaders. His major victories include one Australian Open, eight French Opens, two Wimbledons, and two U.S. Opens.  (Heinz Kluetmeier(3), Bob Martin, David Callow, Darren Carroll/SI; Getty Images(5); EPA; AP)
GALLERY: Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam Victories

With his second U.S. Open victory in four years, Rafael Nadal has won 13 Grand Slam titles, passing Roy Emerson for third among the all-time leaders. His major victories include one Australian Open, eight French Opens, two Wimbledons, and two U.S. Opens.  (Heinz Kluetmeier(3), Bob Martin, David Callow, Darren Carroll/SI; Getty Images(5); EPA; AP)

GALLERY: Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam Victories

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning a point against Roger Federer during their men’s singles semifinal match at the Australian Open. Nadal would go onto beat Federer in four sets and will play the winner of the other semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. (REUTERS/Joe Castro/Pool)
GALLERY: Federer vs. Nadal Through The YearsNGUYEN: Game-by-game analysis of Nadal-Federer

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning a point against Roger Federer during their men’s singles semifinal match at the Australian Open. Nadal would go onto beat Federer in four sets and will play the winner of the other semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. (REUTERS/Joe Castro/Pool)

GALLERY: Federer vs. Nadal Through The Years
NGUYEN: Game-by-game analysis of Nadal-Federer

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer face off in the finals of the 2011 French Open. Nadal won in four sets to capture his sixth title at Roland Garros. SI.com’s Courtney Nguyen is looking back at the top tennis moments of the year - catch up on all the 2011 highlights below. (Bob Martin/SI)
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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer face off in the finals of the 2011 French Open. Nadal won in four sets to capture his sixth title at Roland Garros. SI.com’s Courtney Nguyen is looking back at the top tennis moments of the year - catch up on all the 2011 highlights below. (Bob Martin/SI)

2011 IN REVIEW: January | February | March | April | May | June
ROUNDTABLE: SI’s experts look back at 2011, make predictions for 2012