The Big 3: Bagels served and received by each of the 3 greats of Tennis

Novak Djokovic ihas never bageled either of Nadal or Federer in his career. Roger Federer has been bageled the least number of times out of the Big 3 and has served bagels against both Nadal and Djokovic.

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Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic popularly called the Big 3, are arguably one of the best tennis players of all time. They have an astonishing 57 Grandslam titles among them with Nadal and Federer having 20 each and the Serbian with 19 majors.

Rafael Nadal added three more bagels to his name at French Open 2021, although he was defeated in the semifinals by Serbian, Novak Djokovic. A bagel is simply a tennis term in which one player wins the set by a scoreline of 6 games to love (6-0). To bagel an opponent, it requires playing a near perfect set with nearly no errors.

The Big 3 have served several bagels in their careers and have been on the receiving end on some occasions. We will look at few stats showing the number of times each of the Big 3 have served and received bagels.

Number of Bagels served and received

Roger Federer

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Roger Federer has served 95 bagels in his career

Roger Federer has played an astonishing 4,118 sets in his career so far. The Swiss has been bageled just 4 times during his entire career which is an incredible feat and is also the lowest in the Big 3. The Swiss has himself served 95 bagels during his career.

Federer holds the record for most number of bagels served at the Australian Open with 17 of them. He has a total of 46 bagels served to his name at Grandslam events.

Rafael Nadal

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Nadal has served 20 bagels at the French Open

Rafael Nadal has played 3125 sets in his career. The Spaniard has served 112 bagels in his career, the most in the Big 3. However, he has also also received most number of bagels in the Big 3 with 15 of them.

Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay holds a record of 20 bagels served at the French Open. He has a total of 39 bagels to his name at Grandslam events.

Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic has served 95 bagels in his career

Novak Djokovic has played 2988 sets in his career so far. The Serbian has served 95 bagels and has been on the receiving end of 10 bagels, with the most recent one against Rafael Nadal in the French Open 2020 final.

Novak Djokovic has a total of 39 bagels served to his name at the Grandslam events which equals it to Nadal’s tally at majors.

Player NameBagels ServedBagels Recieved
Rafael Nadal11615
Novak Djokovic9810
Roger Federer954

Bagels served/received against each other

The Big 3 have faced each other a number of times and have given their fans plenty of memorable matches. There were also a few instances when the Big 3 players have served a bagel against another during their encounters.

Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer

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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

Roger Federer has dished out a bagel to the Spaniard three times on 3 different surfaces. He first handed out a bagel to Nadal at the 2006 Wimbledon final in the 1st set itself.The 2nd bagel came at the 2007 Hamburg Open Final in the final set. The next bagel came in the year 2011 at World Tour Finals in the 2nd set.

The Spaniard has delivered a bagel to Federer at the French Open 2008 final where Rafael Nadal won his fourh consecutive French Open title.

Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer

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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer

Roger Federer has handed out a bagel to Novak Djokovic once in their meeting. The bagel came at the 2012 Cincinnati Open final where Federer won the first set 6-0, and later went on the claim the 2nd set and win the tournament.

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

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Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal has served two bagels against Novak Djokovic, both coming on clay courts. The first bagel was at the 2019 Italian Masters where Nadal emerged victorious in 3 sets. The last bagel came at the 2020 French Open final in the 1st set itself.

TournamentBagel Served by Opponent
2007 HamburgRoger FedererRafael Nadal
2006 WimbledonRoger FedererRafael Nadal
2011 World TourRoger FedererRafael Nadal
2008 French OpenRafael NadalRoger Federer
2012 Cincinnati MastersRoger FedererNovak Djokovic
2019 Italian MastersRafael NadalNovak Djokovic
2020 French OpenRafael NadalNovak Djokovic

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