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Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong: Who is better?

Compare Ma Long vs. Fan Zhendong to see which matchup has the best contests from different years.

We’ll give you a quick overview of the epic showdown that began in 2012 between these two of our sport’s top athletes.

Some of the top competitions from the many tournaments of these incredible players are shown in this list of the best. Fan Zhendong can surpass Ma Long in the near future, maybe in Paris 2024?

An overview of the players

Ma Long’s strength

Ma Long’s biggest strength is his variation in his stroke and the tactic.
When it comes to table tennis, Ma Long is one of the best players in the world. He was born on October 20, 1988, making him one of the greatest players in the sport’s history.



He is now ranked second in the world by the International Table Tennis Federation (as of Dec 2021). (ITTF). Since March 2015, he has held the position of world number one for a total of 64 months (and 34 consecutive months). Ma was born in Anshan, Liaoning Province, China.

For the first time in history, he has won five straight ITTF World Tour tournaments, including a 35-set winning streak. His position as head coach of the Chinese National Table Tennis Team has been in place since 2014.

Fan Zhendong’s strenth

Many consider him the next Ma Long in table tennis. Fan Zhendong’s biggest strength is that he can finish off points quickly.

For men’s singles, Fan Zhendong is currently ranked world No. 1 by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), a position he has held since the tournament’s inception in 2012. (ITTF).

On his way to becoming an ITTF World Tour Champion and world champion, he was just 12 years old when he joined the Chinese National Table Tennis Team in 2012. After holding the No. 2 spot since November 2015, he finally broke through to the top of the world rankings.

Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong vs Ma Long: Head-to-head record

Between them, they have a total of:

head-to-head score Ma Long Fan Zhendong
head-to-head score Ma Long Fan Zhendong


International competition

Fight scores: Ma Long 16, Fan Zhendong 6.

Under Ma Long’s dominance, the international arena battle between these players dragged on for an extremely long time.

In singles matches, Ma Long has a 16-6 advantage over Fan Zhendong.

There were two meetings last year between the two Chinese legends. In the ITTF World Cup finals on November 15, 2020, top-ranked Fan Zhendong defeated Long 4-3. When Ma Long and Zhendong met in the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals the next week, Ma Long got even.

One of Fan Zhendong’s victories over Ma Long on the World Tour occurred in 2016, the China Open. To make matters worse, after losing in the quarterfinals of the China Open-2019 to an opponent who had previously defeated him, Fan Zhendong took the initiative and went on to win the Asian Cup-2019 championship and the World Tour Grand Finals-2019 championship, both by a score of 4:1. He also went on to win China’s national championship in 2020, by an even bigger margin, by a score of 4:3.

Fan Zhendong’s recent 4-1 win over Ma Long may be attributed to the latter’s injury, but the fact remains that their recent encounter was 4-1 in favor of Fan Zhendong at the time of writing.

Domestic Chinese competition

Taking into account China’s internal battle, the overall statistics of their confrontation still favor Ma Long 21:12 Fan Zhendong. However, this statistic is not full. Fan Zhendong, on the other hand, has been a fierce opponent of his eminent rival in the domestic arena since the beginning. For example, Fan Zhendong’s first win came in 2014, when he was just 17 years old, at the China Trials 2014.

Ma Long vs. Fan Zhendong, 2013-2020 (Chinese version) (with domestic Chinese competitions) 21:12

Best Points of confrontation Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong

Coach EmRatThich has compiled the best compilation between Ma Long and Fan Zhendong in 2017.


Best points of Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong in 2014-2016


Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong | 2020 ITTF Men’s World Cup


Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong (Tokyo Olympics)


Based on the head-to-head score, Ma Long seems to be stronger than Fan Zhendong. His knowledge about the tactics variation and overall strength of his techniques seems to be better. Fan Zhendong is stronger, faster but he will improve further.


Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong (ITTF head-to-head score)

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