- Rafael Nadal is not only the King of Clay, he's the GOAT
- King of Clay: 18 stats for Rafael Nadal's 18th Grand Slam
- King of Clay! Rafael Nadal Makes Tennis History with 12th Undefeated French Open Title
Rafael Nadal is not only the King of Clay, he's the GOAT
Rafael Nadal at Arthur Ashe Kid's Day at US Open 2019and
Rafael Nadal had yet another fantastic fortnight at Roland Garros, emerging with the 18th Grand Slam title of his career. Here are 18 different things the King of Clay achieved in Paris:. Nadal has lifted the Coupe des Mousquetaires a dozen times now in , , , , , , , , , , and Only one other player has even hit double digits: Margaret Court won 11 Australian Opens. He is only the second player in the Open Era, male or female, to win any tour-level event 12 times. Navratilova conquered the WTA event in Chicago 12 times between and
In addition, Nadal has held the world No. Nadal has won 83 career titles overall, including a record 59 clay court titles. With 81 consecutive match wins on clay , Nadal holds the record for the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era. Nadal was a member of the winning Spain Davis Cup team in , , , and In , he became the seventh male player in history and youngest of five in the Open Era, at age 24, to achieve the Career Grand Slam. His father is a businessman, owner of an insurance company, glass and window company Vidres Mallorca, and the restaurant, Sa Punta.
King of Clay: 18 stats for Rafael Nadal's 18th Grand Slam
With his third straight French Open win, second straight over Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal holds the most titles in tennis history. The star is undefeated in his French Open appearances and holds the most titles for singles, male or female, in tennis history.
King of Clay! Rafael Nadal Makes Tennis History with 12th Undefeated French Open Title
The win was another show of Nadal's sheer dominance on clay over the past two decades. Thiem fought hard through the opening set, and was able to find the break he needed from Nadal to take the second. At one set apiece, it felt as though Thiem might be able to put up a fight against the "King of Clay," but Nadal asserted his will on the match through the third and fourth sets, matching Thiem shot for shot and seemingly always finding one more swing to put the point away. This dynamic displayed itself with one brilliant point played in the third set. With Nadal serving, Thiem sent the Spaniard sprinting back and forth across the court with huge shots, but Nadal refused to let off the gas, pushing forward to play a drop shot that had so much backspin it ran away from Thiem's late charge at the net.
And the frequently repeated accompanying questions are: How much longer can these guys continue to dominate the sport? When will a youngster — or several — step up? Maybe the French Open, which starts Sunday, will offer some insight. But when is it going to be a complete transition? Federer, now 36, has won a record-equaling four Grand Slam titles since leaving his 20s, and Nadal, whose 32nd birthday is in a week, and Wawrinka, 33, each have claimed two. Djokovic and Murray both turned 31 this month.
Rafael Nadal comes from a set down to defeat Fabio Fognini, advancing to the Montreal semi-finals., The question for today is: Who was right? Was Nadal the third best player of his generation, or the Greatest of All Time?