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The Battle of Surfaces was a men’s tennis exhibition match that was held on May 2, 2007, between Roger Federer, the then top-ranked men’s singles player, and Rafael Nadal, the then World No. 2 in men’s singles. The match was played in the capital city of Nadal’s home island, Palma de Mallorca, in front of a home crowd at Palma Arena. Nadal won 7–5, 4–6, 7–6(12–10).
The match was played on a unique court with a clay surface on one side of the net and grass on the other. The court cost $1.63 million to make and took 19 days to prepare. At the time, Federer had won 48 straight matches on grass courts, going 5 straight years undefeated on grass, while Nadal had 72 straight wins on clay, going 3 straight years undefeated on clay.