Basketball star comments on Rafael Nadal dominance at French Open


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Basketball star comments on Rafael Nadal dominance at French Open

In his impressive career, Rafael Nadal won 19 Grand Slam titles (second behind Roger Federer) out of 27 finals (1 Australian Open, 12 Roland Garros, 2 Wimbledon and 4 US Open), the Olympic gold medal in the 2008 singles and the Olympic gold medal in the 2016 double, 5 Davis Cups with the Spanish national team (2004, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2019), 35 ATP Masters 1000 tournaments (absolute record), 21 ATP 500 tournaments and 9 ATP 250 tournaments.

The Spaniard is a clay court specialist in the sense that he has been extremely successful on that surface. He has won 12 times at the French Open, 11 times at Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and nine at Rome. However, Nadal has shed that label owing to his success on other surfaces, including holding simultaneous Grand Slam tournament titles on grass, hard courts, and clay on two separate occasions, winning ten Masters series titles on hard court, and winning the Olympic gold medal on hardcourt.

Spanish Basketball player Pau Gasol agrees with the fact that watching Nadal at the Roland Garros ‘may be boring in a way’. “I was always able to go to the French Open. It worked out better for my schedule,” said Gasol in an interview with journalist Zach Lowe.

“So I think I have been to probably 8 or 9 of the finals in Paris. One or two of them were against Roger and it was just a fantastic opportunity to seeing those two guys going after each other just as when he goes against Novak.

It’s boring in a way maybe but when you know him personally and you are close to his family, it is still exciting to see him win, to see him dominate as the way he has dominated that surface and that tournament for pretty much of his entire career."