Nadal holds two records impossible to beat, perhaps even for Djokovic

The Spanish champion excels with two difficult milestones for his rivals to beat. The only one who has a remote chance of being able to match him

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Nadal holds two records impossible to beat, perhaps even for Djokovic
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There are many sensational records that have characterized Rafael Nadal's career. Among these, there are two milestones that will be very difficult to overcome for future generations of tennis players. A legacy that will have the symbolic effigy of a vacant throne.

The absolute record of 14 victories in the same Grand Slam tournament, the Roland Garros: a milestone that will be as difficult as landing on Mars as early as 2024. It is true that Novak Djokovic has 10 successes at the Australian Open but it seems difficult to think that he can win Melbourne 4 more times.

Although never say never with the Serbian champion, who seems to be the only one who can bring these achievements closer. But there is another Nadal record that seems difficult to beat. A data in which Nadal is ahead of everyone.

Even ahead of Djokovic and Roger Federer. And these are consecutive years in which he has won at least one Grand Slam tournament. Let's talk about men's singles in the Open era. Since his success at the 2005 Roland Garros, Nadal has won at least one Major for 10 consecutive seasons, until 2014.

An absolute record in the Open era. In second place in this ranking is a very respectable trio, 8 years in a row, with a Slam success. Bjorn Borg capable of winning slams every year from 1974 to 1981, Pete Sampras scoring in at least one slam a year from 1993 to 2000 and Roger Federer who won majors from 2003 to 2010.

In this particular ranking Novak Djokovic pays for the empty year of 2017. But the Serb has two 6-year series: one from 2011 to 2016 and another, also of six years, still open from 2018 to 2023. If If he wants to match Nadal he will have to win at least one Slam a year for the next 4 years.

And meanwhile Rafa is ready for a comeback

Nadal will finally return to the court after almost a year of forced inactivity, caused by the serious injury to his psoas muscle.

The Spanish champion, winner of 22 Grand Slam titles, was injured at the 2023 Australian Open, but is now ready to return. Rafa will play the ATP 250 in Brisbane in the first week of 2024 and then land in Melbourne for the first Major of the new season.

Many are waiting to understand the state of physical form of the Spanish champion, what his level of play will be and, above all, whether he will still be able to compete to win a Slam.