A take a look at Rafael Nadal’s French Open dominance | Tennis


Generally known as the “King of Clay,” Rafael Nadal has dominated the French Open ever since his first match in 2005.

The Spaniard’s reign on the clay of Roland Garros has been unprecedented and has been one of many surest issues in tennis historical past.

It continued on Sunday with Nadal’s straight units victory over Dominic Thiem that gave him his 11th French Open title, good for essentially the most at a single main within the Open Period and tying Margaret Court docket for essentially the most in tennis historical past.

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To place in context simply how preposterous a stat 11 titles at one Grand Slam is, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras are the subsequent closest with eight and 7 victories respectively, at Wimbledon. These two gamers have essentially the most (Federer, 20) and third most (Sampras, 14) Grand Slams titles within the historical past of males’s tennis. Nadal has now upped his whole to 17 along with his newest trophy.

Not solely did Nadal’s win pull him one other title nearer to Federer’s all-time Slam document, however it additionally tied him for essentially the most finals appearances (11) at one main, with all of Federer’s coming at Wimbledon.

The mind-boggling stats solely get wilder from there.

This yr, Nadal dropped only one set in your complete match. That’s the sixth time within the fourteen French Opens he’s performed that he’s misplaced one or fewer units. He additionally misplaced only one in 2007 and 2012. On three events Nadal gained Roland Garros with out shedding a set (2008, 2010, 2017), changing into the third man within the Open Period after Ilie Năstase and Björn Borg to take action.

In all fourteen French Open appearances mixed, Nadal has misplaced simply 25 units. In case you possibly can’t try this math in your head that’s lower than two units per match — and that features the 3 times he didn’t win the title.

One other dominant statistic which may go unnoticed is that the King of Clay has solely gone to 5 units twice earlier than, and he gained each occasions. The primary got here in 2011 in opposition to John Isner within the first spherical and the second in opposition to Novak Djokovic within the 2013 semifinals.

Talking of semifinals, Nadal is ideal when he has reached that spherical with an 11-Zero document — and naturally, an 11-Zero document in finals appearances as effectively.

His profession document at Roland Garros could be essentially the most staggering variety of all. Since his first French Open look in 2005, Nadal has gone 86-2 with one withdrawal. That’s two losses in 14 years.

That document offers him a profitable proportion of 97.7 in Paris. The subsequent closest mark for any males’s participant at a single match is Björn Borg who went 51-Four at Wimbledon with a 92.7 win proportion.

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Nadal’s absurd degree of success at Roland Garros is a microcosm of his sheer dominance on clay normally. The Spaniard is a routine winner on the different clay tournaments on the ATP World Tour. He has a document 11 wins at each the Monte-Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open, eight on the Rome Masters (Italian Open) and 5 extra on the Madrid Open.

In his total profession on clay, Nadal has a 415-36 document, giving him a profitable proportion of 92.Zero — one of the best of any participant on any floor in males’s tennis historical past.

Nadal’s reign on the pink clay of the French Open is a well-documented one — he’s known as the King of Clay, in any case — however breaking down the numbers makes it all of the extra spectacular and it stacks up even larger when in comparison with different tennis greats.

After it regarded like harm struggles would possibly finish the Spaniard’s run as a high participant within the sport, it’s a welcome sight to see one of many sport’s finest return with two straight French Open titles and sitting atop the ATP rankings.

The wildest a part of all of it is that, even at 32, it doesn’t appear to be Nadal might be slowing down at Roland Garros anytime quickly.

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