Rafael Nadal becomes the king of bagels at a single Major



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Rafael Nadal becomes the king of bagels at a single Major

Rafael Nadal is through to his 14th semi-final at Roland Garros from 17 trips to Paris, extending his dominance at the clay Major after winning 105 out of 107 encounters! Rafa defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 to remain on the title course, earning many records, like in almost every match in Paris.

With the bagel in the fourth set, Rafa has become the first player in the open era with 23 6-0 sets at a single Major, outplaying Jimmy Connors, who scored 22 at home at the US Open. Nadal's first bagels at Roland Garros came on his debut in 2005, toppling Sebastien Grosjean and David Ferrer in back-to-back encounters en route towards the first Major crown a couple of days after turning 19.

Two years later, Rafa delivered a bagel against his current coach Carlos Moya and two more in the following season, when he won the title without losing a set. In the final, Rafa lost only four games against Roger Federer, storming over the Swiss and sealing the deal with a bagel in the third set.

In 2012, Nadal added three bagels to his tally, with two more coming two years later, en route to his ninth title in Paris from ten appearances. Losing his beloved tournaments for two seasons, Nadal returned stronger in 2017 and bageled Dominic Thiem in the semis.

Last year, the Spaniard won the opening set against world no. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-0 and kept the same pace in the second for a 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory and the 20th Major title.

Rafael Nadal has earned 23 bagels at Roland Garros.

Competing against the young Italian Jannik Sinner in the fourth round last week, Nadal scored a 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 triumph to advance into the 15th Roland Garros quarter-final.

Today, Rafa had to work hard against the Argentine, losing a set for the first time in Paris since the final from two years ago. Like many times before, Nadal found his A-game when it mattered the most and raised his level in sets three and four.

The Spaniard made a crucial move at 4-4 in the third when he moved in front, never looking back after that and presenting the milestone bagel in the fourth to secure a place in the semis.