Rafael Nadal's career is studded with great successes and incredible records: with 19 Slams he is aiming Roger Federer's record, but the Spaniard has achieved other great goals, such as the twelve triumphs at the Roland Garros and all the titles on clay-courts.
For each season, however, there is a particular goal, an achievement that should be highlighted. At the 2014 Roland Garros, Nadal played his personal Parisian Ninth Symphony: the Spaniard achieved a memorable record, becoming the first man to win the French Open men's singles 9 times, surpassing Max Decugis and a record that lasted exactly 100 years.
Not only; thanks to that extraordinary victory Nadal became the first men's singles player to win a Slam nine times, improving his own record, always related to the French Open won in the previous season against his countryman David Ferrer.
An incredible goal, which even Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will not be able to match in other Slams in the future. The first four rounds of the Spaniard were a sentence. In fact, he defeated the wild-card Robby Ginepri, Dominic Thiem (who has become his arch-rival of sorts, these days, when they competed in two French Open finals between 2018 and 2019 - ed.), Leonardo Mayer and Dusan Lajovic in straight sets.
In the quarter-finals, he faced and defeated his countryman David Ferrer in four sets, despite Ferru winning the first set.
Rafael Nadal takes on Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic to win his 9th French Open title
In the semi-final, there was the strong Briton Andy Murray: Nadal won the big match in straight sets, demolishing the opponent.
The final was against Novak Djokovic. The Serb was Nadal's most dangerous adversary, but the Spaniard proved to be a too strong opponent for anyone on the Philippe Chatrier. Rafa defeated his rival 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4, despite Nole winning the first set.
It was a memorable day for Nadal and for the Roland Garros. "It is not enough just to try. If I want to do something, you have to work hard to do it. I realize that today I am not winning like the other years. I have to understand what I must do to overcome this situation, even if it is complicated and I do not like to train hard on the pitch to resolve the situation," said Rafa, on the eve of the challenge against Djokovic.