Federer-Nadal Wimbledon tickets vault to staggering costs

They’re two of the greatest players in the history of tennis, the stars of perhaps the finest match in the sport’s history. When Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet Friday in the semifinals of this year’s Wimbledon tournament, they’ll command a worldwide audience ... and some phenomenal ticket prices, too.

How much to see Federer-Nadal?

Immediately after Federer and Nadal won their quarterfinals matches to set up yet another titanic showdown, ticket prices on Stubhub started — started — at about £7000, the equivalent of nearly $9,000 in U.S. dollars.

Both players are in the late sets of their careers, with Federer already possibly closing the door on returning to clay at the French Open. That makes this matchup, one with both still relatively close to their primes, one of the last opportunities to see two legends face off ... and ticket prices are appropriately stratospheric.

For comparison purposes: this year’s Super Bowl featuring the Rams and Patriots had a get-in-the-door price of about $3,500 the morning of the game. Anecdotal reports put the cheapest tickets for the NBA Finals’ Game Six in Oakland at about $500, while the previous game in Raptors-mad Toronto was about $2,000.

Other sports had similar steep costs, though not quite Wimbledon-level. Get-in-the-door tickets for this year’s Duke-Carolina game in Cameron Indoor Stadium were more than $3,000 ... and Zion Williamson lasted all of 36 seconds in that one before his shoe detonated. And the Masters, where Tiger Woods won his 15th major earlier this year, ran from about $2,000 to $3,000 per day.

What’s their all-time series record?

Nadal and Federer have met 39 times, most recently in the semifinals of the French Open, where Nadal won 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 en route to yet another title at Roland Garros. Nadal holds both the overall lead at 24-15 and the finals lead at 14-10. (Nadal’s 6-0 record at the French skews those totals somewhat.)

At Wimbledon, Federer holds a slim 2-1 edge. But the one loss came in 2008 in perhaps the greatest match in tennis history. A five-set masterpiece delayed multiple times by rain, the match was the longest final in Wimbledon history at 4 hours and 48 minutes, and broke Federer’s 65-match winning streak on grass.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Anna Grant and Hugh Grant attend day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day 4 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge claps as she attends day 2 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends day 2 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall chats with Philip Brook, the chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in the Centre Court Royal Box during Day Nine of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Sienna Miller attends day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Anna Wintour attends day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Phillipa Law and Jude Law attend day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton attend day 9 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Pippa Middleton and James Middleton attend day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Pippa Middleton and James Matthews on Centre Court during day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Actress Tessa Thompson attends day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Emily Mortimer, Alessandro Nivola and Alex Rodriguez attend day 1 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 01, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Sienna Miller attends day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Alexis Ohanian celebrates as he attends day 10 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Actress Ruth Wilson attends day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Carly Steel and Rebel Wilson attend day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 01, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Rebel Wilson attends the evian Live Young suite at The Championships, Wimbledon 2019 on July 1, 2019 in Wimbledon, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for evian)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Maggie Smith attends day 10 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Mary Berry attends day three of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Actress Tessa Thompson and Dev Hynes attend day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Claire Foy attends day ten of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis attend day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Nathaniel Irvin III and Janelle Monae attend day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 01, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Janelle Monae attends the evian Live Young suite at The Championships, Wimbledon 2019 on July 1, 2019 in Wimbledon, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for evian)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Alexis Ohanian cheers on his wife Serena Williams on day 2 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Romeo Beckham attends day 2 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, David Beckham and Wimbledon Chairman Ph1ilip Brook on Centre Court during day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Hana Cross attends day 2 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Will Poulter attends day 2 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Actor Will Poulter attends day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Anne-Marie Corbett and Ant Mcpartlin attend day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Charles Guard and Felicity Jones attend day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Dennis Jauch and Leona Lewis attend day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Actress Rebel Wilson attends day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Lily Allen attends day 10 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: David Beckham on Centre Court during day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Woody Harrelson at the evian Live Young suite at The Championships, Wimbledon 2019 on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for evian )
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Pixie Lott at the evian Live Young suite at The Championships, Wimbledon 2019 on July 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for evian )
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Suki Waterhouse attends the evian Live Young suite at The Championships, Wimbledon 2019 on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for evian)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Holly Branson and Richard Branson attend day 10 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Zara Larsson attends the evian Live Young suite at The Championships, Wimbledon 2019 on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for evian)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Princess Michael of Kent and Wimbledon Chairman Philip Brook attend day 10 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Sara Foster and Tommy Haas attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Anna Wintour (C) attends day 9 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
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