Nadal continues historic run

Monday, May 1

Shortly after making history at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, Rafael Nadal continued his winning ways by making more history at the Barcelona Open.

While winning back-to-back titles is impressive, it’s nothing the Spaniard is not used to in his career. Now, winning 10(!) titles at one event is the new trend Nadal is starting.

After winning Monte Carlo, Nadal returned home to Spain and sought another monumental victory in Barcelona. There, Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 in the final for his 10th Barcelona Open title. Nadal portrayed utter dominance in this encounter, winning 71% of his first service points, 72% of second serves, and saving the one break point he faced in the match. He broke Thiem’s serve three times.

In fine fashion, Nadal has not dropped a set in his title run. 24 of his 71 career title runs have come without dropping a set. On clay, 23 of Nadal’s 51 titles have come without him dropping a set. In his 10 Barcelona victories, Nadal has won the title seven times without losing a set.

Prior to Monte Carlo, no player had ever won more than nine titles at one tournament. Nadal held nine titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Roland Garros. The next closest winningest man is Roger Federer in Halle, Germany, with eight titles.

The Barcelona title is Nadal’s 71st career title, 51 of which have come on clay. He is an overwhelming favourite to win in Madrid, Rome and an unprecedented 10th Roland Garros title.

If Nadal does win Roland Garros, he will be the first player in history to win double-digit titles at any of the Majors. The next highest winningest players are Roger Federer, who holds seven Wimbledon titles, and Serena Williams, who has won seven Australian Open and Wimbledon titles.

Also on the line for Nadal this spring – winning his home Masters 1000 title in Madrid would tie Novak Djokovic’s record for 30 Masters titles.

After the first four months of the season, Federer and Nadal lead the ATP field in the Race to London standings. World no. 1 Andy Murray is 11th in the standings while Djokovic is 20th. Milos Raonic is just behind at 21.


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