Rafael Nadal enters "Grand Slam club 300" with Roger Federer and Djokovic


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Rafael Nadal enters "Grand Slam club 300" with Roger Federer and Djokovic

On Saturday, Rafael Nadal defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to move into the fourth round at Wimbledon, delivering the 51st triumph at the All England Club and leaving great Bjorn Borg on 50. Nadal competed on a very high level to leave the Frenchman far behind, firing 34 winners and only 12 unforced errors, doing everything right on the court to march into the last 16, confident after that significant victory over Nick Kyrgios in the second round.

Also, the match against Tsonga was the 300th for Rafael Nadal at Majors, becoming only the third player who achieved that after Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. An 18-time Grand Slam champion currently stands on 263 wins at this level and it all started for him at Wimbledon 2003 when he advanced into the third round after just turning 17.

Two years later, the Spaniard went all the way at Roland Garros to become a Grand Slam champion still as a teenager, carving the path towards one of the greatest players of all time and standing on 18 titles at the moment, two less than Roger Federer.

Known as one of the most consistent players at the biggest stage, Rafa is also the third player with at least 50 victories at all four Majors, joining Federer and Djokovic on another record that will take some beating in the future.

Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors have left behind Rafa, playing more than 270 Grand Slam encounters but not enough to challenge Rafa who trails 15 matches behind Novak Djokovic in the second place. Nadal will face Joao Sousa in the battle for the quarter-final, hoping to stay at Wimbledon as long as possible and seek the third crown, the first since 2010.