Will Rafa Nadal pull off one other feat of clay? 21 dominating numbers heading into the 2022 French Open


Rafael Nadal’s profession has been spectacular and his profession on clay has been in contrast to some other within the historical past of the game.

And Nadal loves Roland Garros. Interval.

However solely just lately he returned from a rib damage whereas additionally coping with continual ache in his left foot that stored him out of Wimbledon and the US Open final yr.


“I’m not injured. I’m a participant dwelling with an damage,” he mentioned final week after shedding within the third spherical of the Italian Open, one among 4 clay occasions he beforehand received not less than 10 occasions.

As Nadal takes to the court docket on the 2022 French Open, we check out 21 legendary numbers and comparisons round his profession.

1 — Nadal has ended the yr because the ATP No. 1-ranked participant 5 occasions — in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019.

2 — Nadal has additionally received two Olympic gold medals: in singles in 2008 and in doubles in 2016. In 2008, Nadal bested Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez, paving the way in which to later earn a profession Golden Slam (the 4 majors plus Olympic gold). In 2016, Nadal helped Spain win its first Olympic gold in males’s doubles, pairing with Marc López to defeat Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau of Romania. Nadal grew to become simply the second man, and fourth participant general, to win each singles and doubles gold because the sport returned to Olympic competitors in 1988.

3 — Properly, the Huge Three. Extra particularly: Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have dominated males’s tennis for a technology. The Huge Three have received 61 of the previous 76 Grand Slam tournaments.

6 — Nadal has been dubbed the “King of Clay,” however he additionally has six main hard-court titles, which ranks fourth all-time behind solely Djokovic, Federer and Pete Sampras, and has two on the grass at Wimbledon. Nadal and Djokovic are the one two male gamers within the Open period to win each Slam singles title not less than twice.

10 — Speak about domination. The bottom Nadal has been ranked since 2005 was No. 10 in 2015.

10 — Nadal claimed not less than one Grand Slam title for 10 consecutive years, from 2005 to 2014.

11 — Being companions on the court docket with Nadal pays off. He has 11 double titles, together with three on the Masters 1000 degree. (However that is nowhere close to what number of singles titles he has received — preserve studying.)

13 — Nadal has received a staggering 13 French Open titles, a report at any single match within the Open period. (Different match information within the period: Djokovic has received 9 Australian Open titles, Martina Navratilova has 9 Wimbledon titles and Chris Evert and Serena Williams are tied for probably the most US Open titles at six.)

15 — Nadal turned professional at age 15 in 2001. In April 2002, he received his first ATP match in his hometown of Mallorca, Spain, changing into simply the ninth individual within the Open period to win a match earlier than age 16.

16 — Nadal has certified for the ATP Finals, dubbed “the fifth Grand Slam,” 16 years in a row, a report within the Open period. The occasion, which takes place in November, options the world’s greatest eight certified singles gamers and doubles groups and is about up in a round-robin format.

21 — The Spaniard has 21 Grand Slam males’s singles titles underneath his belt in 21 years as a professional, probably the most in historical past for males’s gamers and second behind Serena Williams (23) within the Open period. (Federer and Djokovic each have 20.)

24 — On the age of 24, Nadal grew to become the youngest participant ever to finish a Grand Slam profession. He defeated Djokovic in 4 units on the 2010 US Open to seize the achievement. (He received his first French Open in 2005, Wimbledon in 2008 and Australian Open in 2009.)

29 — Nadal has appeared in 29 Grand Slam finals. Within the 2022 French Open, he’ll look to maneuver nearer to the report of 31 held by each Federer and Djokovic.

40 — Nadal has confronted Federer 40 occasions. Nadal leads 24-16 general and 10-4 in Grand Slam tournaments. They’ve met in 9 Grand Slam finals, with Nadal profitable on six events. Oddly sufficient, they’ve by no means performed towards each other on the US Open, in any spherical.

58 — Nadal and Djokovic have gone head-to-head 58 occasions, with Djokovic holding a slim 30-28 lead. Nadal, nonetheless, leads 10-7 in matches at majors. The 2 might meet subsequent within the French Open quarterfinals.

81 — Nadal received an astounding 81 straight occasions on clay throughout a two-year stretch from April 2005 to Might 2007, the longest single-surface win streak.

83 — Nadal ranks first in profession profitable proportion at 83.21%.

91 — Nadal has earned 91 singles titles, together with 11 in 2005 and 10 in 2013.

128 — Nadal’s profession winnings high $128 million. Federer has taken house $130.5 million and Djokovic has earned $156.1 million.

212 — Going into the French Open, Nadal has solely misplaced 212 occasions in his profession, in 1,263 matches. Which brings us to …

1.051 — Nadal has 1,051 wins in his profession as of Might 22. That is in contrast with Federer’s 1,251 wins (1,526 whole matches) and Djokovic’s 1,001 (1,204 whole matches).

The Related Press contributed to this story.


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