Rafael Nadal catches Agassi, trailing only to Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic


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Rafael Nadal catches Agassi, trailing only to Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic

Recognized as the greatest clay-courter who ever lived, Rafael Nadal has been working on improvements on his hard-court game throughout a career, becoming one of the most decorated players on the most common surface in the calendar.

With five Major titles and ten Masters 1000 crowns by his name, Nadal is among the chosen players who have achieved the most on hard courts, standing as the proud owner of four US Open and one Australian Open trophies. Despite many setbacks and injuries on cement, Nadal is the most successful player at the US Open in the previous decade, unable to follow that pace in Melbourne where he grabbed the lone title in 2009, losing finals in 2012, 2013, 2017 and 2017, missing the opportunity to improve his Major tally even more.

Despite that, the Spaniard has won almost as many matches in Melbourne as in New York, delivering the 63rd triumph on Thursday night with a 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 victory over Federico Delbonis, his 127th at Majors on hard court.

Without the players from the past (the US Open switched to hard court in 1978, with the Australian Open following them ten years later), the leading players on this list have all been playing since the early 90s, except Ivan Lendl who had an incredible run in New York during the 80s to pass the magical number of 100 wins as well.

Roger Federer is miles in front of all the others with almost 190, followed by Novak Djokovic who should pass a 150-win mark in 2020. Andre Agassi was third with 127 and he has gotten company now, with Rafa also claiming 127 triumphs to share the third place with the American, hoping to pass him against Pablo Carreno Busta in the next round.