13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal has been one of the faces of this game for a long time. It’s been more than a decade that the Spaniard has kept himself at the top. Reflecting at the beginning of his career, Nadal must have never imagined himself achieving all the greatness that he has until now.
In 2020, for the first time ever he has equaled Roger Federer’s record of 20 grand slam titles. He beat Novak Djokovic to clinch his 13th Roland Garros title. Winning a slam itself feels a great sense of achievement in life. Rafa has won just one event a mind-boggling thirteen times.
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This week, the World No.2 achieved another feat. He became the eight man to win his 20th match at the ATP World Tour Finals. Nadal surpassed American great John McEnroe (19 wins) after his win yesterday. Andre Agassi and Ilie Nastase are further behind. The man from Spain, has been breaking quite a few records this season. He recently won his 1000th match on the ATP Tour in Paris. He also broke Jimmy Connors’ (789 consecutive weeks) record of being in the Top 10 rankings for most consecutive weeks.
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Although, this remains a tournament never won, he’s had good performances at this event. Nadal has been to the finals on two occasions. In 2010, he lost to Federer in a three-set encounter. A few years later in 2013, he lost in straight sets to Djokovic. Rafa’s had quite a bit of bad fortune due to injuries suffered by him along the course of his spell as a professional tennis player. He has been forced to withdraw from this tournament six times.
The Spaniard beat Andrey Rublev in his opening round robin match. In the following match, he lost to Dominic Thiem. The level of tennis displayed was of the topmost quality. He then beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in a must-win game yesterday. All eyes will be on Rafa as he takes on Daniil Medvedev in the semifinal tomorrow.