After talking about The Best Performances of Roger Federer it is now time to talk about one of his 2 biggest rivals that is Rafael Nadal. Rafael Nadal unlike Roger is still going strong at the tennis circuit and he has a Quarter final match against Novak Djokovic which will be tomorrow at the French Open and u cannot wait for that. We will talk about the stats of the best performances of Nadal below. Rafael Nadal has won 21 Grand Slam titles which is the most by any male player and he is looking to add to that list. He has won 91 ATP Singles titles and he is only the second player in the modern era to win all four Grand Slam titles twice in his career.
Nadal has won 21 Grand Slam titles out of which he has won a record 13 French Open titles which is the record of any player winning a particular Grand Slam title. He has also won 2 Wimbledon titles, 2 Australian Open and 4 US Open titles in his career. He has a career record of 1055 wins and 212 losses which gives him a win % of 83.3.. His career prize money is $128,081,950 which is the third highest of all time. He was number 1 for a straight 209 weeks. Let’s look at his Top 5 Best Performances in his career.
2005 French Open vs Roger Federer
His first Grand Slam title came in 2005 in the French Open against Roger Federer and he won the match in 4 sets. He was only 19 years old when he won the 2005 French Open and he won by 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-3 in the fourth set. From that point in the next 17 years till now he has won the French Open 12 times and 21 total Grand Slam titles and has become one of the Greatest Players of all time. I am a huge fan of all 3 of them.
2010 US Open Final vs Novak Djokovic
2010 was one of the best years in the career of Rafael Nadal as he won 3 Grand Slam titles and in 3 different surfaces which bring clay, grass and hard courts. The 2010 US Open Final was the icing on the cake when he beat his other Big 3 rival Novak Djokovic in a 4 set classic which the a ire will lot reflect. He won the match 6-4,5-7,6-4 and 6-2 in the fourth set. He completed the career Slam as well with this win in 2010 and there was no stopping him.
2019 US Open Final vs Daniil Medvedev
Imagine being 33 years old and going up against a young player from Russia in the final of the US Open and going the 5 sets and coming out in top in a match over 5 hours. That’s greatness on a different level. He had to toil hard as he was leading after the first 2 sets 7-5 and 6-3 and it looked all is done but Daniil Medvedev came back and won the next 2 sets 7-5 and 6-4 but the experience of Nadal came handy in the 5th set as he beat his Russian rival by 6-4 to claim his 19th Grand Slam title in an absolute classic.
2008 Wimbledon Final vs Roger Federer
This match is considered the greatest match in the history of tennis and for good reason. What Rafael Nadal did in this match is nothing short of extraordinary and words fall short describing his greatness. He had a match which was over 4 hours 40 minutes and he was leading after the first 2 sets 6-4 and 6-4 but then Roger Federer mounted his incredible comeback and he won the next 2 sets 7-6 and 7-6 and it went into the 5th set where Rafa Nadal won the match by 9-7 and created history. This match was an exhibition of tennis of the highest order.
2022 Australian Open Final vs Daniil Medvedev
This was a comeback for the ages by the 35 years old Rafa Nadal who was down and out after the first 2 sets of the match by 6-2 and 7-6. How he found the ability to comeback after being 2 sets down and winning his 21st Grand Slam title is something all fans were wondering. This match went on for 5 hours and 20 minutes and in the last 3 sets of the final Rafael Nadal produced some of his absolute best tennis and won by 6-3, 6-4 and 7-5 to win his record 21st Grand Slam Title. He is going strong in the current French Open and let’s see how far he goes this time.
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