Rafael Nadal has been having an almost perfect clay-court season so far, with three titles and one quarter-final.
Reaching the Rome Open final – and later winning the title – has been yet another important achievement for the Spanish player, who has now played 107 outdoor career championship titles on the ATP Tour, just three less than Roger Federer, who has 110.
Among the active players, the third in the list is Novak Djokovic (83). As for outdoor clay finals, Nadal has played 64 and he is second, just behind Guillermo Vilas (76). Nadal has now played 114 career-finals (78-36 record), the fourth player in the special list behind Ivan Lendl (146), Roger Federer (147) and Jimmy Connors (164).
Rafael Nadal could achieve another amazing milestone at the French Open in less than two weeks. The Spanish player currently holds 896 match wins on the ATP Tour and could win his 900th in the French Open fourth round, just a few days after turning 32.
There are some coincidences with Roger Federer, who won his 900th match in 2013, again in the French Open fourth round. At the time, Federer was 31 years and almost 10 months old, two months younger than Nadal. Federer broke the 1,000-match barrier by winning the 2015 Brisbane final against the Canadian Milos Raonic.
Now he has played 1,149 matches, just behind the Open Era record-holder Jimmy Connors (1,256). Source: Punto de Break ALSO READ: Toni Nadal reveals what he doesn't like about Roger Federer