Rafael Nadal Inches Closer to Roger Federer in an Incredible Record at Monte Carlo Masters 2021

Published 04/16/2021, 8:01 AM EDT
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)


Two of the greatest sporting personalities, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, have contributed to tennis vastly. For close to two decades, these supremely talented athletes have entertained fans from all over the globe. They have created their own identity and wherever they go, they receive tremendous support from the crowds. 

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Recently, Rafael Nadal inched closer to his Swiss nemesis in an incredible record. Rafa has now reached the quarterfinal at the ongoing Monte Carlo Masters 2021 a staggering 16 times. Only Federer and Connors are ahead of the Spaniard. The Swiss ace has reached the quarterfinal of three separate events on 17 occasions. Halle, Wimbledon, and Basel are the events in which Roger has enjoyed a great spell. Meanwhile, Jimmy Connors reached the US Open quarterfinal 17 times. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 12: Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after defeating him in the Men’s Singles Semi-Final at The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club at Wimbledon on July 12, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Any chance/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal is the most successful player at the Monte Carlo Masters

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Rafa has won the Monte Carlo Masters on 11 occasions, and this includes eight titles in a row from 2005 to 2012. He is the most successful player at the event.

Federer had received his first wild card for an event in Halle in Germany. Therefore, the tournament will always have a special place in his heart. Besides Halle, Roger has had similar feats at Wimbledon, and in his hometown in Basel. Halle and Wimbledon take place on grass courts, whereas Basel’s event is played in an indoor hard-court stadium. 

Federer played his first tournament at the ATP Doha Open 2021 in March in the current season. He was absent from the tennis circuit for well over a year, as he had to undergo two knee surgeries. 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 14, 2021, Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his second-round match against Argentina’s Federico Delbonis REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Nadal lost in the quarterfinal in Melbourne this season

Rafa began his season at the Australian Open this year. He fell short and lost in the quarterfinal to Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek athlete won against the odds, clawing back from two sets down to emerge as the winner, eventually. 

The Monte Carlo Masters is the first event since the Australian Open for Rafa. The clay-court is his most preferred surface, and he will surely look to make the most of his opportunities. 

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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.

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