Rafael Nadal beats a Pete Sampras' records!
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 15546
The Roland Garros cannot fail to be inextricably linked to the name of Rafael Nadal. The equation between the French Grand Slam and the Spanish champion is an equation that has persisted since 2005 (except for a few sporadic interruptions) and will probably be valid forever, given that Nadal continues to refresh the account, despite his age and persistent physical problems.
With the clear success in the final against Casper Ruud, the Bull of Manacor has conquered the Roland Garros for the fourteenth time in his career, bringing the Slam score to 22: more than any other at this time. Rafa Nadal’s feat is amazing, and for those who still do not realize the amount of the result achieved, just think that the legend Pete Sampras has won 14 Grand Slam tournaments in total.
The American during his career, Nadal 14 only at Roland Garros: a fact that, just thinking about it, gives chills.
Paris is a gold mine for Nadal: how many records for him
Roland Garros clay-court is a particularly fertile land for Rafael Nadal.
In addition to the umpteenth victory last Sunday, which earned him the 14th triumph in Paris, the Spaniard has set new records in his already glorious career. The 36-year-old from Manacor leads the ranking of the men's Slams, two points behind the eternal rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
At the end of the year he will certainly remain in the lead, perhaps paired with the Serbian (if the latter manages to win the remaining two seasonal majors). Also considering the women, again in the Open Era, the Iberian has reached the quota of Steffi Graff and is just one title away from Serena Williams, who currently holds the top of this special ranking.
Nadal also boasts the record as the oldest player to triumph over Philippe Chatrier, surpassing the record held by Andres Gimeno with 34 years and 10 months in 1972. And the interesting data does not end here: is the first Grand Slam title of his career by defeating 4 top 10 players.
Only Wilander did it at Roland Garros in 1982 and Federer at the Australian Open in 2017;
for the third time he won a Grand Slam title without being among the top four seeds. The others were at the 2005 edition of Roland Garros and this year in Australia; Third athlete in history to win in Melbourne and then in Paris, after Courier in 1992 and Djokovic in 2016.