Alongside Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been the most decorated players at Major tournaments, battling against each other since Roland Garros 2005. Building a solid advantage until Wimbledon 2012, Roger had started to lose ground to Djokovic and Nadal in the following years, making another strong push between the Australian Open 2017-18 to increase his tally to 20 trophies.
Rafael Nadal stands on 19 following successful campaigns at Roland Garros and the US Open last year, skipping New York last week and preparing for beloved Roland Garros that starts at the end of the month. Denis Shapovalov is through to the quarter-final at the Masters 1000 event in Rome together with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, praising the legendary trio and calling them the greatest players of all time.
Denis believes that Nadal will chase the 20th Major title in Paris, hoping to add the 13th Roland Garros crown to his incredible collection and join Roger at the top of the standings. Nadal has lost only two matches so far on his beloved clay Major, going all the way 12 times from 15 trips to Paris and standing as the favorite for another crown alongside Novak Djokovic and the US Open champion Dominic Thiem.
The Austrian was Nadal's closest rival in Paris in the previous two seasons, advancing into the final but not challenging the king of clay. Competing for the first time since winning the Acapulco title in February, Nadal made a winning start in Rome, defeating Pablo Carreno Busta and Dusan Lajovic in straight sets for the place in the quarters.
Denis Shapovalov believes that Rafael Nadal can catch Roger Federer's record.
Nadal had been practicing on clay for a couple of months ahead of Rome, skipping Cincinnati and the US Open and shaping his form for Rome and Roland Garros, trying to defend the titles won a year ago.
Staying away from the court for over half a year, Nadal needed no time to find the competitive rhythm, dropping 23 points on serve and getting broken twice in two encounters to sail into the last eight where he plays against Diego Schwartzman.
Djokovic and Nadal are battling for the 36th Masters 1000 crown in Rome, as the clear favorites to set the title clash on Monday. "Rafael Nadal will have a great chance of catching Roger Federer's Major record. He is very close and will try to win that 20th Major in a couple of weeks.
For me, they are the greatest players of all time, together with Novak Djokovic, but other players and I are trying to stop them and win Major titles," Denis Shapovalov said.