Rafael Nadal embraces best Grand Slam streak at the age of 33


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Rafael Nadal embraces best Grand Slam streak at the age of 33

Ever since 2005 when he won the first Major crown in Paris just after turning 19, Rafael Nadal has been one of the dominant figures at the most significant tennis arenas, claiming 18 Grand Slam titles in 13 different seasons to stand second on the eternal list behind Roger Federer.

After his darkest period at Majors in 2015 and 2016 when he failed to reach at least the semi-final, Nadal bounced back in 2017 when he won Roland Garros and the US Open, also losing in the final at the Australian Open to once again become the player to beat on the top-tier level.

Following the quarter-final loss to Marin Cilic due to injury at the Australian Open last year, Nadal has reached seven straight semi-finals at Majors for the fifth-longest streak in the Open era behind Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl, all that at the age of 32 and 33 and almost 15 years after that first success in Paris when he was still a teenager.

Winning the 11th Roland Garros crown a year ago, Rafa suffered the semi-final losses at Wimbledon to Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro at the US Open due to a knee injury that sidelined him from the rest of the season.

Returning stronger in 2019, Nadal is the only player who has advanced into all four Major semi-finals, suffering that terrible loss in the final of the Australian Open and going all the way at Roland Garros for the mind-blowing 12th title on beloved Parisian clay.

Achieving another good result at Wimbledon after years of failures there, Rafa reached the semi-final where Roger Federer defeated him in four close sets, heading to the US Open as one of the favorites and advancing into the fifth final in New York, increasing the semi-final streak to seven tournaments and joining this exclusive list, never playing in more than five consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals before.