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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

It’s almost time for SI to pick its annual Sportsman of the Year award. We asked athletes and celebrities for their choices and Lindsey Vonn chose Roger Federer for the honor. Vonn said of Federer, “The way he keeps fighting back to dominate his sport personally inspires me, and that’s why I’m choosing Roger as my Sportsman of the Year. I think he’s legitimately one of the greatest athletes of all time.”

GALLERY: Celebs and Athletes Pick Their Sportsman

It’s almost time for SI to pick its annual Sportsman of the Year award. We asked athletes and celebrities for their choices and Lindsey Vonn chose Roger Federer for the honor. Vonn said of Federer, “The way he keeps fighting back to dominate his sport personally inspires me, and that’s why I’m choosing Roger as my Sportsman of the Year. I think he’s legitimately one of the greatest athletes of all time.”
GALLERY: Celebs and Athletes Pick Their Sportsman

Roger Federer poses with each of his 17 Grand Slam trophies. (Simon Bruty (4), Chuck Solomon (2), David Callow, Manny Millan, Bob Martin/SI; AFP (4), Jamie Squire, Phil Cole/Getty Images; AP)

GALLERY: Roger Federer’s Grand Slam Titles

Roger Federer poses with each of his 17 Grand Slam trophies. (Simon Bruty (4), Chuck Solomon (2), David Callow, Manny Millan, Bob Martin/SI; AFP (4), Jamie Squire, Phil Cole/Getty Images; AP)
GALLERY: Roger Federer’s Grand Slam Titles

Roger Federer turns 31 on Wednesday. The Switzerland native, who has won a record 17 Grand Slam titles, is among the greatest tennis players of all time. (Bob Martin/SI)

GALLERY: Roger Federer’s 17 Grand Slam titles

Roger Federer turns 31 on Wednesday. The Switzerland native, who has won a record 17 Grand Slam titles, is among the greatest tennis players of all time. (Bob Martin/SI)
GALLERY: Roger Federer’s 17 Grand Slam titles

With a win at Wimbledon, Roger Federer reclaimed the ATP’s No. 1 spot for the first time in more than two years. In doing so, he matched Pete Sampras’ marks of 286 total weeks atop the rankings. Andre Agassi spent a total of 101 weeks in the top spot, reaching No. 1 on five separate occasions. (Manny Millan/SI)

GALLERY: All-Time No. 1s in Men’s Tennis | Classic Agassi Photos

With a win at Wimbledon, Roger Federer reclaimed the ATP’s No. 1 spot for the first time in more than two years. In doing so, he matched Pete Sampras’ marks of 286 total weeks atop the rankings. Andre Agassi spent a total of 101 weeks in the top spot, reaching No. 1 on five separate occasions. (Manny Millan/SI)
GALLERY: All-Time No. 1s in Men’s Tennis | Classic Agassi Photos

Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Andy Murray in the Wimbledon Finals on Sunday. Federer captured his seventh title at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, tying Pete Sampras for most all-time. It was also his record 17th Grand Slam victory. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Wimbledon 2012 | All Time Men’s Grand Slam Leaders
PRICE: There’s no debate, Federer is the greatest of all time
WERTHEIM: 50 Thoughts to close out Wimbledon 2012

Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Andy Murray in the Wimbledon Finals on Sunday. Federer captured his seventh title at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, tying Pete Sampras for most all-time. It was also his record 17th Grand Slam victory. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Wimbledon 2012 | All Time Men’s Grand Slam LeadersPRICE: There’s no debate, Federer is the greatest of all timeWERTHEIM: 50 Thoughts to close out Wimbledon 2012

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 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 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

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 | JuneROUNDTABLE: SI’s experts look back at 2011, make predictions for 2012