Rafael Nadal: 'The most difficult event for me'

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Rafael Nadal: 'The most difficult event for me'

The Mutua Madrid Open officially begins, the Masters 1000 tournament on the ATP calendar canceled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Spaniard Rafael Nadal, seeded number one this year due to the resignation of Novak Djokovic, will attempt to lift his sixth trophy in the Iberian capital, who already holds the all-time record for victories in the event.

Even absent is the Swiss Roger Federer, who should return to the field in Geneva and then at Roland Garros in Paris. If Rafa manages to win once again in Madrid, he would equal Djokovic's record in terms of the number of Masters 1000 trophies he has won in his career: the Belgrade champion is currently standing at 36, while the Spaniard is at 35.

Sports analyst Chris Goldsmith recently published an interesting statistic on Twitter, which highlights the ranking of players by percentage of victory accumulated throughout the course of their career in the various Masters 1000 events of the season: first on the list just Rafa Nadal, with an incredible figure of 82.7%.

Not too far from the top is the Serbian Djokovic, with 82.1% of successes. Followed by Roger Federer (77.9%), the Americans Andre Agassi (74.1%) and Pete Sampras (73.1%), Stefan Edberg (72%), Andy Murray (71.9%). Guillermo Coria (69.9%), Boris Becker (69.3%), Andy Roddick (69.2%) and Thomas Muster (69.2%), Marcelo Rios (68.6%), Jim Courier (66, 3%) and finally Alexander Zverev (65.4%).

Federer has won a total of 28 Masters 1000 titles and is currently third in this special ranking, behind the aforementioned Djokovic and Nadal. Followed by Agassi (17), Murray (14), Sampras (11), Muster (8), Michael Chang (7) and Becker, Courier, Rios, Gustavo Kuerten, Marat Safin and Roddick (all now stuck at 5).

The 2016 Madrid final was the last not to end in just two sets: in that edition, Djokovic triumphed over Murray with a score of 6-2 3-6 6-3. Nole was recently stopped in the semifinals in Belgrade by the incredible Russian Aslan Karatsev in two halves, then defeated in the last match by our Matteo Berrettini.

Nadal on the Mutua Madrid Open

Speaking of competing at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, Rafael Nadal stated, “The most difficult event for me, everybody knows. But at the same time is one of the most emotional events for me, playing at home.

We gonna have a chance to play with the crowd again. So that means a lot to me, no? Super happy to be back here”. In the current season, Rafa competed at the Australian Open but lost in the quarterfinal in an epic thriller to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

After that, he stayed away from the action and returned at the Monte Carlo Masters last month. He claimed his 12th title at the Barcelona Open last week.