Rafael Nadal's 2021 season kicked off in Melbourne, where he beat Laslo Djere, Michael Mmoh, Cameron Norrie and Fabio Fognini at the Australian Open before losing in the quarter-finals to young Stefanos Tsitsipas, after leading two sets.
Arriving in Monte-Carlo, the Spaniard defeated Federico Delbonis and Grigor Dimitrov to reserve a place in the quarter-finals, in a challenge with the dangerous Russian Andrei Rublev. With his latest result in the prestigious Monaco Masters 1000, Rafa has come dangerously close to a record held by Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors.
The former Spanish world number one is the most successful tennis player in the Monte Carlo tournament: he has triumphed eleven times here, from 2005 to 2012 and from 2016 to 2018. He also reached the final in 2013, defeated by Serbian Novak Djokovic with a score of 6-2 7-6.
Thanks to his success in the match against Dimitrov, Nadal has come close to a record held by Federer and the American legend Connors: this is the largest number of quarter-finals played in the same ATP event. Rafa, in Monte Carlo, has succeeded sixteen times: Federer and Connors have done so on seventeen occasions, the Swiss in Halle, Wimbledon and Basel; the American at the US Open.
Roger also holds the record for success in his three rounds of the Tour, won between 2003 and 2019. As for Connors, the American has won at Flushing Meadows five times: in 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982 and 1983. In the event of a triumph in Monte Carlo, Nadal would return to overtake Daniil Medvedev in second place in the ATP ranking, thanks to the absence of the Russian in the tournament due to his recent positive test for Covid-19.
The Spaniard will present himself at the Roland Garros in Paris as the holder of the trophy, which he will attempt to lift for the fourteenth time in his career. We have to recall that the French Open 2021 will skip of a week respect its original date.
This year they will also come back to play at Wimbledon, but with a reduced number of spectators in the stands.
📊 Tenistas con más presencias en QF de un único evento del ATP Tour (Open Era):
17 🇺🇸 Jimmy Connors | US Open
17 🇨🇭 Roger Federer| Halle
17 🇨🇭 Roger Federer | Wimbledon
17 🇨🇭 Roger Federer | Basilea
16 🇪🇸 Rafa Nadal | MONTECARLO — MisterOnly.Tennis (@OnlyRogerCanFly) April 15, 2021