Rafael Nadal during the Australian Open. (AP Photo)

With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal dominating the ATP circuit, and most of the top-contenders ending their seasons early, 2018 is primed to produce some electric battles between rivals, both new and storied. Baseline will countdown the most anticipated rivalries of the new year.

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Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic

Head-to-Head record: Djokovic leads 26-24

The rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is one of the most prolific of the Open Era. It doesn't have the same grandeur as the Nadal vs. Roger Federer rivalry, but Nadal playing against Djokovic has produced some of the highest-regarded matches ever, such as the 2012 Australian Open final.

The 2017 season wasn't a great season for Djokovic, and his one match against the Spaniard was a 6-3, 6-4 loss in the Madrid semifinals. 

With Nadal's rise to world No. 1, and Djokovic likely to be revitalized from his long break, 2018 is poised to bring the two back together in spectacular fashion.