These guys are on another level. They have been for their entire career.
Daniel Nestor and Roger Federer are giants in their respective fields. Nestor, a doubles specialist, is one of the greatest players of all-time and is still going strong at the ripe old age of 43. Federer is considered by many as the GOAT, and like Nestor, is still performing at the highest level waaaay past his prime.
Let’s take a deeper look into their playing stats to see just how similar they are.
There is a clear difference in total number of Grand Slams – Nestor has eight, Roger has 17. Daniel is tied for fifth all-time for most men’s doubles Slams in the Open Era, while Roger holds the record in men’s singles.
While Federer was much more successful in the early part of his career, the middle and latter parts are quite similar to Nestor’s. Both players won around one Slam per year, before leveling off in their old age. Both Roger and Daniel have not won a Grand Slam title since 2012, but they were still quite busy at other tournaments…
In this category, they’re basically twins. Nestor has the slight edge with 89 (!) career titles, good for third-all time in men’s doubles. Roger only has 88, also third all-time. Both players have had remarkable success in their career, but their longevity is all the more impressive.
Both players have won at least one ATP World Tour title every season since their first title win. This comes to 22 years for Daniel and 15 years for Roger. Federer got off the blocks quicker in his career, but with success into his early 40s, Daniel has caught and surpassed the Swiss Maestro in title count.
Just to reiterate, Daniel has won at least one ATP World Tour title every season since 1994. When you play that long, you can’t just play with one other guy. He has won tournaments with 11 (!!!!!!!!) different doubles partners. Those are video game numbers.
A career Golden Slam is earned by a player who wins all four Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympic gold medal during his/her career, BUT it must come in the same category.
Daniel and Roger have had success at the Olympics, both earning gold medals. For which event you ask? MEN’S DOUBLES. Nestor has completed the career Golden Slam, while Federer is still searching for it. He’ll get another chance this year in Rio.
In the meantime, check out these throwbacks…
Roger was the first player to surpass 1000 wins in singles. He now has 1080 – most all-time.
Daniel was the first players to surpass 1000 wins in doubles. He now has 1016 – most all-time.
On May 7th, 2012, Daniel becomes the oldest player to hold the No. 1 ATP World Tour ranking at 39 years, eight months of age. He turned 40 years old on September 4th, 2012, as the world No. 1. Rog was 31 years old the last time he was No. 1 (2012 as well), but is still hungry for it. Fed is no slouch in the ranking category though, as he holds the record for most weeks at world No. 1, with 302 (!).
Now, just for fun, watch them play TOGETHER.
Nestor is Canada’s Davis Cup Ironman. He leads the nation in total wins (47), total ties played (49), and most years played (23). He EVEN beat world No. 1 Stefan Edberg in a five-set thriller when he was 19.
Federer is also a Davis Cup veteran – he has 40 wins, 27 ties, and 17 years played. Even with all his professional success, there’s nothing like winning one for your country.