Rafael Nadal came to Roland Garros seeking the elusive 21st Major title and the 14th in Paris, alongside many other notable records. On Thursday night, Nadal toppled Richard Gasquet 6-0, 7-5, 6-2 in two hours and 14 minutes, celebrating the 102nd victory at his beloved Major to catch Roger Federer and add a massive feat to his name.
On an empty Court Philippe-Chatrier, Nadal became the second player with 102 triumphs at a single Major, topping the charts alongside Federer and looking good to beat him if he defeats Cameron Norrie in the third round on Saturday.
Since the beginning of the Open era in 1968, 35 players have scored at least 100 Major victories and achieved a notable feat. With 100 triumphs at a single Major, you are becoming an instant legend and an owner of many titles and records that will take some beating in the future!
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the only players with 100 wins at a single Major event, building their legacy for 15 or 20 years and standing tall on 20 Major trophies each. Federer claimed 102 triumphs at the Australian Open for an ultimate record after winning six titles and playing in many semi-finals over the past two decades.
Federer has scored 1010 wins at Wimbledon since 2000, looking good to extend the run in a couple of weeks and continue where he left in 2019. Rafael Nadal wrote the history books at the last year's Roland Garros in October, toppling Novak Djokovic in the title clash to celebrate the 13th crown and the 100th victory from only 102 Parisian encounters, a feat that will never be repeated at a single Major event!
Rafael Nadal scored the 102nd Roland Garros victory, matching Federer's record.
Seeking the 14th Roland Garros title and the 21st Major that would put him ahead of Roger, Rafa made a winning start in Paris this week, beating Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 in two hours and 23 minutes.
It was the Spaniard's 101st victory in Paris, matching Roger's Wimbledon tally and moving a win away from catching the ultimate record against Richard Gasquet. Nadal made a debut at Roland Garros in 2005, securing 13 titles from 16 trips to Paris and losing only two matches in 2009 and 2015.
Nadal's last Roland Garros loss came against Novak Djokovic in the quarter-final six years ago, and the Spaniard has won four titles in the past four years for massive domination. Facing Gasquet for the 17th time, Nadal stayed focused almost all the time to produce a 6-0, 7-5, 6-2 victory that puts him on level terms with Federer.
Rafa played well in sets one and three to control the pace, struggling a bit only in the second but bringing it home with a late break. Rafa is a big favorite against Cameron Norrie in the next match, looking good to extend the winning streak and write history books as a player with the most triumphs in a Major event.