With 450 ATP victories, you have guaranteed a successful and notable ATP career, crowned with ATP titles and, if you are lucky, a Major glory. 450 triumphs on a single surface make you a legend and one of the most accomplished players who ever stepped on that type of court, alongside multiple titles attached to your name.
Being a proud owner of 450 wins on two different surfaces puts you above all the others and forges an achievement that will never be repeated in the decades to come! Following the Barcelona Open quarter-final victory over Cameron Norrie, Rafael Nadal has achieved that, becoming the first player in the Open era with 450 ATP victories on two different surfaces!
Already scoring 490 wins on the most common hard court, Rafa came to Barcelona with 447 triumphs on his beloved clay, seeking the milestone and achieving it against the Briton.
Rafael Nadal is first Open era player with 450 ATP wins on different surfaces.
Rafa became the third player in the Open era after Guillermo Vilas and Manuel Orantes with that many wins on clay, reaching the number in jaw-dropping style, as he needed under 500 matches to get there!
The ultimate king of clay hasn't played too many tournaments on his beloved surface, especially after becoming one of the world's leading players, focusing on Roland Garros, three Masters 1000 events and Barcelona and building his legacy around them!
Following the quarter-final loss in Monte Carlo to Andrey Rublev, Rafa went home to Barcelona eager to improve his game and chase the 12th title at the court that carries his name. Nadal didn't play well against Ilya Ivashka and Kei Nishikori in rounds two and three, losing a set against both rivals before defeating them in the decider to enter the last eight.
Nadal produced better tennis against Norrie, losing focus only once or twice and doing everything right on both serve and return to advance into the semis and secure that ultimate milestone. Nadal hit 22 winners and 17 unforced errors to deliver his 64th Barcelona win from 68 encounters!
Rafa lost serve once and produced four breaks that carried him home, facing Pablo Carreno Busta in the next round. Nadal's 451st ATP win on clay came against the compatriot on Saturday, beating him in straight sets to advance into the 12th Barcelona Open final.