'Rafael Nadal's 13 Roland Garros titles are incredible,' Pat Cash recalls

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'Rafael Nadal's 13 Roland Garros titles are incredible,' Pat Cash recalls

Rafael Nadal has won at least one ATP title on clay for the past 18 years, producing an outstanding record that will take some beating in the future! Nadal has been the dominant figure on the slowest surface since 2005, winning 464 out of 507 matches on his beloved dirt and standing strong at Roland Garros like no one before him at a single Major.

Like many other champions, Pat Cash praised Nadal's achievements on clay, calling his 13 Roland Garros titles an outstanding record that no one could have predicted two decades ago. Winning the Parisian crown on debut in 2005, Nadal has lost only three matches in the French capital, celebrating over 100 victories and lifting the 13th trophy on October 11 last year.

At 34, Nadal experienced the strangest ever conditions at his beloved Major a year ago, facing cold and rainy weather, the new Wilson balls and a roof over Court Philipp Chatrier. Despite that, the Spaniard proved his greatness again, beating all seven rivals in straight sets to write the record books and join Roger Federer on 20 Major crowns.

Rafa suffered only eight breaks in seven matches, delivering incredible tennis to leave the rivals far behind and conquer Paris for the fourth straight year. In the opening four rounds, Rafa ousted Egor Gerasimov, Mackenzie McDonald, Stefano Travaglia and Sebastian Korda without breaking a sweat to sail into the quarters.

The Spaniard had to work hard against the young Italian Jannik Sinner, losing serve twice and trailing in sets one and two.

Pat Cash praised Rafael Nadal's Roland Garros record.

Pulling the break back in the last moment of the opening set, Nadal took charge from the middle of the second to break Sinner's resistance and sailed through the third to book a semi-final spot.

Diego Schwartzman defeated Rafa in Rome but could not repeat that in Paris, as Nadal beat him 6-3, 6-3, 7-6. In the third set, Diego pulled a break back to gain momentum and reach the tie break, only to lose it 7-0 and propel Rafa into the title match.

The most formidable obstacle stood between Nadal and the crown, with world no. 1 Novak Djokovic seeking the second trophy in Paris. Like those before him, Novak had nothing to offer against Rafa, who toppled him 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in two hours and 41 minutes!

Rafa lost serve once, taming Novak's serve and demolishing him in the shortest rallies up to four strokes. "Think of any football team that is simply unbeatable in any stadium or someone who wins the Tour de France year after year.

Nadal's 13 Roland Garros titles are incredible. If you had said that 20 years ago, they would have locked you in a mental hospital," Pat Cash said.