Winning the title on his debut in 2005, Rafael Nadal became the ultimate king of Roland Garros, suffering only three losses and lifting 13 trophies in Paris. Winning 105 out of 108 matches at his beloved tournament, the Spaniard holds numerous records at Roland Garros that will never be matched.
Still, a couple of those are not in his hands, for example, the number of consecutive sets won at a single Major. Between 1979-1981, Bjorn Borg claimed 41 straight sets in Paris, starting from the 1979 final and ending it in the title clash two years later.
Like Borg, Nadal knows how to win the title in Paris without losing a set, achieving that four times and moving closer to Borg's record twice in the last five years. Starting from 2016, Nadal grabbed 38 straight sets at Roland Garros until the fourth round in 2018, when Diego Schwartzman ended the Spaniard's streak three sets before matching Borg!
Rafael Nadal won 36 consecutive sets in Paris before losing one to Diego Schwartzman.
In the 2019 final, Rafa lost the second set against Dominic Thiem and claimed the next two to lift the 12th Roland Garros trophy. Last October, the Spaniard stormed over the entire field in Paris, winning all seven matches in straight sets after getting broken only eight times and securing the milestone 20th Major title.
Rafa had troubles against Jannik Sinner in the quarters, as the Italian served for the opener before Nadal pulled the break back and claimed the set in the tie break. In the semis, Nadal won the third set against Diego Schwartzman 7-0 in the tie break and toppled Novak Djokovic 7-5 in the final's third set to extend his run.
At the beginning of this year's Roland Garros campaign, Rafa came from 5-2 down against Alexei Popyrin and finished the job in straight sets in the opening four encounters to stand on 35 consecutive sets won in Paris, moving two wins away from Borg's record.
In the quarter-final, Diego Schwartzman ended Nadal's second-best Roland Garros run, as he did with the first, after winning the second set 6-4. Nadal struggled to follow the rivals' pace and played a loose service game at 4-5 to end his streak on 36 straight sets in Paris and miss probably the last chance of catching Bjorn Borg at the top.
Nadal beat Schwartzman in four sets before Novak Djokovic halted him in the semis after four hours and 11 minutes.