Only 22 players in the Open era had been able to reach at least five Grand Slam finals, entering the exclusive list and securing a permanent status among dedicated fans, statisticians and historians. As always on the big scene, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have pushed that record towards at least 25 finals, delivering one excellent performance after another on the most significant tennis events to distant themselves from the closest rivals, Ivan Lend and Pete Sampras.
Regardless of the tournament and surface, the three mentioned players have been the players to beat at the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open for 15 years now, winning 54 Majors and the last 11 since the beginning of 2017.
They have all completed a Career Grand Slam, playing in multiple finals at all four Majors and staying competitive year after year, with no one to take the throne away from them despite the fact they are all in the 30s. Roger Federer became the first player with at least five title matches at all four Majors and he has got a company at the US Open this week, with Rafael Nadal who has reached the fifth final in New York after wins over John Millman, Hyeon Chung, Marin Cilic, Diego Schwartzman and Matteo Berrettini, securing the place on the exclusive list with Roger and proving his greatness once again on the most prominent tennis scene.
Competing in 12 Roland Garros finals, Nadal has forged the base for his legendary status at Grand Slams but he has been working on improving the elements of his game on hard and grass for years, entering seven finals at the Australian Open and additional five at Wimbledon between 2006-2011.
Rafa had to wait until 2010 to grab the first US Open final, repeating the feat a year later and again in 2013, delivering the second title in New York. Four years later, he was the player to beat at the last Major of the season once again, missing a chance to complete this record last year after retiring to Juan Martin del Potro in the semis.
Now, the Spaniard is through to his fifth final, battling with Daniil Medvedev for another Major crown and achieving a massive milestone together with his great rival Roger Federer, with Novak Djokovic as the only competitor who could join them if he makes another final in Paris, staying on four at the moment.