Since the late 1990s, many Spanish players have left their mark, both at the Grand Slam level and in the ATP rankings. From Carlos Moya to Juan Carlos Ferrero, both winners of a Roland Garros (in 1998 and 2003 respectively) and both former world number one (respectively in 1999 and 2003).
Finalist at the French Open was also David Ferrer, who was also number one in Spain for a short time. Then a few other intruders in what has become Rafael Nadal's domain: 14 Roland Garros, 22 total Slam titles, 209 weeks as number one.
In recent years, other tennis players have appeared on the tour, but failing to perform the same feats of the Iberian champion. The same tennis players, who in terms of results have been in the shadow of Nadal, now partially overturn the scenario.
The world number three in this 2022 has won two Grand Slam titles out of three (Australian Open and Roland Garros), but has not achieved any title at 1000 level. He has pushed to the final in the Indian Wells Masters 1000, but the victory went to Taylor Fritz, also due to the precarious physical conditions in which the Spaniard found himself.
Spain has an incredible data in 2022
There is no Rafael Nadal in the list of 100 champions, but three of the six 1000 trophies played so far have nevertheless gone into the hands of tennis players from the Spanish country.
He started Carlos Alcaraz with the triumph in Miami over Casper Ruud in two sets, with the first Masters 1000 of his career, at less than 19 years of age. Two months later, the Spanish number two did it again: victory at the Mutua Madrid Open, allowing his opponent, the German Alexander Zverev, only four games in the two halves played.
The latest victory with a Spanish flavor came to Canada: Pablo Carreno Busta won his first Masters 1000 title of his career. After two Grand Slam semi-finals (both at the US Open) and an Olympic bronze, the Spanish number three won the 1000 final in Montreal against Hubert Hurkacz in three sets at the age of 31.