Rafael Nadal Inches Closer to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam Record at French Open 2022

Published 05/26/2022, 7:52 AM EDT
Mar 12, 2022; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Rafael Nadal (ESP) serves in his 2nd round match defeating Sebastian Korda (USA) at the BNP Paribas open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rafael Nadal is one of the biggest names in the history of tennis. The legend from Spain has won a record 21 Grand Slams. With his latest win at the Australian Open at the beginning of this year, to move past Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

However, there’s one record where Rafa is still trailing the other two big three players. The record is for the number of tennis matches won in Grand Slam events.

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Rafael Nadal Records 300th Grand Slam Win

In his illustrious career, the Spaniard has created many astonishing records. Although, he is still trailing behind in the record for winning the most number of Grand Slam matches in his career. However, the 35 years old has inched closer to the top of the list after winning his 300th Grand Slam match against Corentin Moutet, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4, in the second round of Roland Garros. With 300 victories, Nadal sits in the third position. Roger Federer still tops the list with 369 wins while Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic is in the second rank with 325 wins.

While the King of clay is active on the tours and is going strong in the ongoing Roland Garros, his fans must be hoping for him to take over the top place on the list in the future.

Talking about the other two competitors, Federer is out of the tour with an injury while Djokovic is active, sitting at the pinnacle of ATP rankings.

Nadal enters the third round of the French Open

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Rafael Nadal’s chances of playing this year’s Roland Garros were at risk when his old foot injury resurfaced. However, the king of clay marked his return by defeating Australia’s Jordan Thompson in straight sets and then followed it up with a victory against Corentin Moutet in his second round encounter.

Mar 16, 2022; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Rafael Nadal (ESP) reacts after winning a point as he defeats Reilly Opelka (USA) in the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The world number 5 was absolutely phenomenal and took the match 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. The 35 years old will play his next match against Dutch 26th seed Botic Van de Zandschulp. This will be the first time these two will face each other. Although Nadal won his first two games in straight sets, the world number 5 has not looked at his absolute best. However, his fans will hope for him to get better with the important games coming up. As there is a possibility for him to face Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

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Notably, the Serbian defeated Nadal in the last year’s French Open semifinal. However, this year the 21 times Grand Slam winner would like to return home with his 14th French Open title.

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Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

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