On Sunday, Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal equals Roger Federer 20 Grand Slam men’s titles after defeating Serb Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 7-5 in two hours 41 minutes.
The wins extend the Spanish record of 13th titles at the Roland Garros and it shows why he is the King of Clay Court. Nadal, 34, is currently ranked Number 2 and joint record the joint-most in history for a male player (tied with Roger Federer), as well as 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP Tour 500 titles and 2 Olympic gold medals (one each for singles and doubles in 2008 and 2016 (respectively).
In addition, Nadal has held the world No.1 ranking for a total of 209 weeks, including being the year-end No.1 five times. Nadal is the youngest player to win the Davis Cup at the age of 18 years.
He is also the youngest player to win a career Grand Slam title in the Open era.
The ‘King of Clay’ claimed 3 Grand Slam titles without losing a single set, all at the French Open in 2008, 2010, and 2017. There are only three players, who have a better career head to head against Nadal. Dominik Hrbaty is 3-1 all-time against him, but the Spaniard was quite young at that time. Nikolay Davydenko has a from tennis with a 6-5 record against Nadal.
Novak Djokovic currently has a 29-26 record against Nadal.
Nadal won 81 straight matches on clay for over three years. His winning streak was broken by Roger Federer in Hamburg.
According to the fact filean Asteroid has been named after Rafa. The asteroid was discovered in 2003 and was previously known as 128036.
Nadal started to enjoy victory right from his young age. He won an Under-12 regional tennis championship when he was only 8-years-old. And when he turned 12, he won the Spanish and European tennis titles.
With the recent joint record of 20 Grand Slam in men’s singles title, the race of GOAT has just begun.
Before his humiliating defeat to Nadal, Novak, who was bidding for his 18th Grand Slam, might have lost ground on the ongoing battle to finish with the most major wins.