You flip your newspaper to sports section- you see Roger Federer winning titles, few months later you see Rafa Nadal sweeping clay, you check the year, it’s 2018 and not 2007! What a time to be a tennis lover. The two darlings of men’s tennis are the talking points yet again. And with clay season heating up, Rafa Nadal has taken over the control of things from Roger Federer- the Australian Open Champion this year.
Winning Monte Carlo and Barcelona for a record 11th time, Nadal has now set his eyes on his very own crushed bricks of Paris. He is the heavy favourite to win Roland Garros for the 11th time. Certainly, Nadal has a chance at breaking and creating numerous records at the second major of the year. Take a look at some of the prominent ones.
11 French Open Titles
Rafa Nadal could become the only player- man or woman- to win 11 titles at a single Grand Slam tournament. Currently Rafa is tied at 9, with the great Martina Navratilova, who has won Wimbledon 9 times. Nadal won his first in 2005 and since then has only lost to two players at the French Open. This record will be one of the most difficult to break as no active player seems to have the utter dominance that Nadal has had on clay. From 2005 to 2014 Rafa has carved his name 9 times on the trophy.
|2005||ESP||Rafael Nadal||ARG||Mariano Puerta||6–7(6–8), 6–3, 6–1, 7–5|
|2006||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SUI||Roger Federer||1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|2007||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SUI||Roger Federer||6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|2008||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SUI||Roger Federer||6–1, 6–3, 6–0|
|2009||SUI||Roger Federer||SWE||Robin Söderling||6–1, 7–6(7–1), 6–4|
|2010||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SWE||Robin Söderling||6–4, 6–2, 6–4|
|2011||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SUI||Roger Federer||7–5, 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–1|
|2012||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SRB||Novak Djokovic||6–4, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5|
|2013||ESP||Rafael Nadal||ESP||David Ferrer||6–3, 6–2, 6–3|
|2014||ESP||Rafael Nadal||SRB||Novak Djokovic||3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–4|