Rafael Nadal captured his 12th Roland Garros title this year and solidified his status as the King Of Clay. However, if we dig a little deeper into the stats, a more surprising picture is revealed. Rafa has more victories on hard surfaces this year than on clay.
The Spanish legend has 87.5% wins on clay, with a win-loss record of 21-3. On the other hand, his win percentage increases to 91.4 when he steps on hard surfaces.
So does this mean that Rafael Nadal is now better on hard surfaces?
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While talking to L’Equipe, Nadal said – “The stats are what they are, but it was a lot easier to win on hard after winning Rome and Roland Garros. I also had to withdraw before my semi-final from Indian Wells, against Roger (Federer), and below that of Bercy, against (Denis) Shapovalov. I could have lost two more matches which would have changed the success rates. And then we can also say that my percentage on earth could have been better this year.”
In addition to this, Rafa added that he was not at his hundred per cent during the clay season because of injuries. All in all, Rafael Nadal believes that when he’s at his maximum level, clay is always his stronger zone.
Nadal is currently gearing up for the Australian Open. The Spaniard has already won 19 grand slam titles. He’s just one grand slam behind the all-time leader, Roger Federer. His fans believe that if he overtakes Roger Federer in 2020, this will solidify his status as the greatest of all time.
Do you think Rafael Nadal can finally overtake Roger Federer’s grand slam record in 2020?