Rafael Nadal counts to 33 and moves three sets away from Roger Federer's record

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Rafael Nadal counts to 33 and moves three sets away from Roger Federer's record

If he beats Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the Australian Open quarter-final, Rafael Nadal will match another Roger Federer's Major record. The Spaniard has won 33 consecutive sets at Majors since Roland Garros last year, winning 11 matches with a perfect score to move three sets away from Federer, who tops the charts since 2007.

In his most outstanding season, John McEnroe won 35 consecutive sets at Wimbledon and the US Open 1984, passing Bjorn Borg's 28 straight sets grabbed in 1980 and holding the record until Roland Garros 2007! Roger Federer kicked off his streak in the 2006 US Open final and extended it to the next January's Australian Open, where he won the title without losing a set.

The Swiss passed McEnroe at Roland Garros before losing a set to Tommy Robredo in the quarter-final, ending his streak on 36. Nadal joined the charts after ten powerful victories since his beloved Roland Garros last October, overcoming all the issues with weather and new Wilson balls to claim the title in style.

Rafael Nadal has won 33 consecutive sets at Majors.

Nadal overcame all seven opponents in straight sets and played well above the rest of the field to write history books and win the 13th Parisian title. Rafa lost only 23 games in the opening four encounters to sail into the quarters and gain confidence.

The Spaniard had to give his best against the young Italian Jannik Sinner in the quarter-final, trailing in sets one (Jannik served for the set at 6-5) and two before scoring a 7-6, 6-4, 6-1 triumph in just under three hours.

In the semis, Diego Schwartzman kept Nadal on the court for over three hours and had a chance in the third set before Rafa prevailed 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 to set Novak Djokovic title clash. Saving his best tennis for the most formidable opponent, Rafa defeated Novak 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in two hours and 41 minutes, controlling the rallies and bringing the victory home for a massive celebration of the 20th Major crown.

Despite not playing at 100% due to a back injury, Nadal scored four commanding wins in Melbourne against Laslo Djere, Michael Mmoh, Cameron Norrie and Fabio Fognini to extend his streak of consecutive sets to 33 and move closer to the record.