We have reached the middle of the 2017 clay season with the Mutua Madrid Open underway. The 2017 Internazionali BNL d’Italia is just a few days away. It’s the third and the final Clay Masters event of the year. This years tournament would be the 74th Edition of the tournament which is 87 years old. We take a look at the records of the event played at Foro Italico, one of the oldest and prestigious tournament of tennis.
First Played: 1930
Last Played: 2016
1. Men: Part I, King Of Clay
As the tournament is played on Clay it would be no surprise that Rafael Nadal holds most of the records when tennis is played at Foro Italico.
Most titles: Rafael Nadal (7 titles)
Most finals: Rafael Nadal (9 finals)
Most consecutive titles: Rafael Nadal (3 titles) (2005–07)
Most consecutive finals: Rafael Nadal (6 finals) (2009–14)
Most consecutive matches won: Rafael Nadal (17)
2. Men: Part II, Others
The other records at the tournament are mainly held by Bjorn Borg and Nicola Pietrangeli.
Most matches played: Nicola Pietrangeli (72)
Most matches won: Nicola Pietrangeli (52)
Best match winning %(Min. 10 Matches): Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver, 93.75%
Youngest champion: Bjorn Borg, 17y 11m & 2d (1974)
Oldest champion: Bill Tilden, 38y 2m & 18d (1930)
3. Men: Part III, Trivial Records
Longest final: Rafael Nadal def. Roger Federer, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–5), 6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–5) (57 games) (2006)
This is one of the greatest tennis matches of all time. Nadal defeated Federer in 5 tight sets to win his 2nd Rome title. Federer has yet to win a Rome title after coming close so many times.
Shortest final: Rafael Nadal def. Roger Federer, 6–1, 6–3 (16 games) (2013)
This match featured the same opponents as the one in the longest match at Rome. But, the match was the shortest final and lasted only 16 games.
American Chris Evert and Spanish Conchita Martínez have dominated the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Women’ tennis.
Most titles: Chris Evert (5 titles)
Most finals: Chris Evert (7 finals)
Most consecutive titles: Conchita Martínez (4 titles) (1993–96)
Most consecutive finals: Conchita Martínez (5 finals) (1993–97)