Rafael Nadal moves closer to his own record after 18th consecutive Masters 1000 QF

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Rafael Nadal moves closer to his own record after 18th consecutive Masters 1000 QF

With 97 Masters 1000 quarter-finals on his tally, Rafael Nadal has been the leader of the pack ahead of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Nadal's first Masters 1000 quarter-final came in Miami 2005 at 18, playing on a high level and standing two points away from winning the title against world no.

1 Roger Federer. Rafa has been a synonym for consistency at the Masters 1000 level in the past 16 years with some minor setbacks, winning 36 titles from 52 finals to enter the history books after the Rome Open. The Spaniard is a proud owner of a record for the most Masters 1000 quarter-finals in a row, embracing 21 between 2008-2010.

In Montreal 2017, Nadal lost that memorable clash against the young gun Denis Shapovalov in a thriller, failing to reach the quarters and forging another impressive run from the following week. From Cincinnati 2017, Nadal has played in 18 consecutive Masters 1000 quarter-finals, securing the second-best streak and moving closer to his record from 11 years ago.

Despite some struggles, like in Paris last year, Nadal has been rock-solid in the opening two matches at the Masters 1000 level to advance into the quarters and remain on the title course, hoping to follow that pace and set another achievement in the upcoming months.

Nadal could have ended his run in Rome last week, battling against Denis Shapovalov in the third round and prevailing 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 in three hours and 27 minutes after fending off two match points!

Rafael Nadal has played in 18 straight Masters 1000 QF's since 2017.

Denis blasted over 40 winners and stayed in touch with the king of clay in the shortest and mid-range exchanges to come close to the finish line.

Nadal stayed calm and returned from a 6-3, 3-0, 40-30 deficit to keep his composure and steal the second set to prolong the encounter and his chances. The Canadian was a break in front in the final set before the Spaniard erased the deficit and kept fighting, wasting his opportunities on the return at 5-5 and playing against those two match points at 5-6.

Rafa saved them and sealed the deal in the tie break to advance into the 18th consecutive Masters 1000 quarter-final.