“About Knowing Who Rafa Will Beat”: Patrick Mouratoglou in Awe of Rafael Nadal’s Dominance at French Open

Published 03/06/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 15, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his fourth round match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Spanish tennis sensation, Rafael Nadal will always be remembered for his masterclass performances on the clay courts. For a player to win a particular event thirteen times is highly astonishing. Besides winning the French Open on thirteen occasions, Rafa won the Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open eleven times, which highlights his dominance on a clay court. 


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The current era displays the brilliance of players like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic along with Rafael Nadal. The Swiss star has enjoyed a similar kind of success, winning Wimbledon eight times. The Serbian ace won his ninth Australian Open title last month. 

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 07: Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland embrace at the net after their mens singles semi-final match during Day thirteen of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 07, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Patrick Mouratoglou: “Only suspense is who Rafael Nadal will beat in final”


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Recently, tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou highlighted the dominance Nadal has at Roland Garros. The Frenchman said, “Just a confirmation in stats of what I answer every year when asked about Roland Garros potential winner: The only suspense when RG starts is about knowing who Rafa will beat in the final.”

There was a survey conducted displaying the winning percentage Federer had at Wimbledon, Djokovic had at the Australian Open, and Rafa at French Open. The 39-year-old Swiss superstar won 89% of his matches, the Serbian machine won 91% of his matches, whereas the Spanish flag bearer won 98% of his matches. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Rafael Nadal of Spain (L) and Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand react after watching a video replay while on the sidelines during the Tie Break Tens ahead of the 2018 Australian Open at Margaret Court Arena on January 10, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
In the previous season, Nadal dismantled Djokovic in straight sets and won the first set 6-0. In 2008, he beat Federer in a similar fashion, claiming the final set 6-0. After all these years, Rafa has won 100 matches at Roland Garros and lost just twice.
With the focus on the current season, the French Open is the next Major event and the World No. 2 will be the favorite to extend his streak at the venue. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.