Rafael Nadal turns 36 on the day of the semi-final with Alexander Zverev: the longevity numbers of the most titled tennis player in Grand Slam history

Marcu Czentye

The date of publishing: Friday, June 3, 2022, 00:00

Date of update: Thursday 02 June 2022, 23:56

Born in Manacor on June 3, 1986Rafael Nadal became the best tennis player in the history of Spain and, according to many, the most valuable tennis player of all times.

In the Roland Garros 2022 semifinals, Rafa Nadal will face Alexander Zverev on his birthday, Friday, June 3, after 3:45 p.m.

Nadal lost a single semi-final played in Paris in 2021 to Novak Djokovic, in which he got his revenge in the quarterfinals of this year’s edition, score 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4).

36 records held by Rafael Nadal in world tennis

  1. Rafael Nadal is the most titled tennis player in the history of grand slam tournaments, with 21 trophies in his record.
  2. Nadal has won at least one Grand Slam trophy in 10 consecutive years, from 2005-2014.
  3. Rafa Nadal holds the record for most trophies won in the same ATP event: 12 in Barcelona and 11 in Monte Carlo.

  4. In 2022, Rafa Nadal became the first tennis player in history to win the Australian Open after leading 2-0 in the finals.
  5. Nadal is the player with the most editions won in the same Grand Slam tournament: 13, at Roland Garros.

  6. Rafael Nadal won the Roland Garros tournament from the first attempt, in 2005, when he was only 19 years old.
  7. Nadal has won the Roland Garros tournament 5 times in a row between 2010-2014.
  8. Rafael Nadal has a record of 110 victories and 3 defeats in the history of his participation in Roland Garros.

  9. Rafael Nadal has not missed a single Roland Garros tournament since taking part in 2005.
  10. Rafa Nadal is the only player to have won the Roland Garros and the US Open four times in the same year (2010, 2013, 2017, 2019).

  11. He won the “Grand Slam of the Surfaces” in 2010, winning the Roland Garros clay, the Wimbledon grass, and the Flushing Meadows hard.
  12. Rafa Nadal has 36 ATP Masters 1000 titles.
  13. The early part of the 2022 season brought the best start to the season in Rafael Nadal’s career, which has amassed 20 consecutive victories and 3 different titles (Melbourne Summer Set, Australian Open and Acapulco).

  14. In 2008, Rafael Nadal became the first Spaniard to win the Wimbledon tournament, after a memorable final with Roger Federer, which ended 6–4, 6–4, 6–7 (5–7), 6–7 (8– 10), 9–7.
  15. In 2010, Rafael Nadal won the US Open for the first time, completing his Grand Slam in his career at the age of 24, becoming the youngest tennis player to achieve this performance in the Open Era.

  16. Rafael Nadal won two Olympic gold medals: in singles, in 2008 and in doubles, in 2016, in a final in which he defeated, together with Marc Lopez, the Romanians Horia Tecău and Florin Mergea.
  17. Rafael Nadal ended 5 years as ATP leader (2008, 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019).
  18. Nadal has defeated Djokovic 29 times, more often than any other tennis player in the world.

  19. In 2017, Rafa Nadal won the US Open final without facing any break points purchased by his opponent, becoming the only tennis player to achieve this performance at work in a final in New York.

  20. Rafael Nadal is the longest-serving player in the history of the top 10 ATP: he remained among the top ten players in the world for 870 weeks in a row, not even leaving once, since the first time he entered, on April 25, 2005.

  21. Nadal has won 81 consecutive slag matches – the longest successful series of a tennis player on the same surface in the Open Era.
  22. Rafa Nadal has won the Davis Cup 5 times with the Spanish national team in 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2019.
  23. Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer 24 times, out of a total of 40 direct matches, with the best percentage of victories against the Swiss tennis player (60%), among the players who played at least 10 times with Federer.

  24. Rafa Nadal is the only tennis player ranked 1st ATP in 3 different decades.
  25. Rafa Nadal played the longest grand slam tournament final in history: 5 hours and 53 minutes, the duration of the Australian Open 2012 final, lost to the Serbian Novak Djokovic.

  26. Rafa Nadal is the only tennis player in history to have won 30 trophies without losing a set.
  27. Nadal is proud of his victory in 2008 Wimbledon final – a game recognized by many tennis specialists as “the most spectacular in the history of sports”.
  28. Rafa Nadal is the most titled left-hander in the history of tennis.

  29. Rafa Nadal is the only tennis player to have won 4 Grand Slams without losing a set: Roland Garros, in 2008, 2010, 2017 and 2020.
  30. $ 128,337,592 is the amount of money won by Rafael Nadal in tennis, the third highest in tennis history, after those earned by Djokovic ($ 156,136,601) and Federer ($ 130,594,339).
  31. Rafael Nadal has amassed over 1,000 victories in professional tennis.
  32. Nadal has 102 ATP titles, 91 of which are singles.
  33. Nadal is the only tennis player to have won the Olympic gold medal as champion of the Roland Garros and Wimbledon tournaments.

  34. Nadal is the only player to have won 110 in the same tournament (Roland Garros).
  35. Rafa Nadal played 8 consecutive finals in the ATP 500 caliber tournaments (2010-2014).

  36. Nadal, the only player under 20 to win 24 games in a row (2005).