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Rafael Nadal’s French Open Dominance In Numbers

Ubitennis takes a closer look at the King of clay’s record at Roland Garros.

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Rafael Nadal (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

Once again Rafael Nadal has come out on top in his beloved French Open. On Sunday he downed Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1. Claiming 2000 ranking points and winning €2,300,000 in prize money. He has now overtaken Novak Djokovic in the ATP Race To London standings and has a 780-point lead.

 

Named the king of clay due to his dominance on the surface, here is the extraordinary numbers behind Nadal’s performance at the French Open so far in his career.

$22 million: According to data from atptour.com, Nadal had earned a total of $22,051,715 in prize money from the French Open alone. That amount is more than what players such as Andy Roddick, Ivan Lendl and Lleyton Hewitt won during their entire careers. Overall, Nadal’s prize money earnings currently stands at $109,533,646. The third highest of all time.

93: Nadal has won a total of 93 matches at the French Open since he made his debut back in 2005. This equates to 36% of all victories he has achieved at a grand slam level so far in his career. His win over Thiem on Sunday was his 260th overall.

33: By defeating Thiem, Nadal has become the oldest French Open winner for 47 years and the third oldest in the Open Era at the age of 33 years and six days. The only older men to win the title were Andrés Gimeno in 1972 (34 years, 306 days) and Ken Rosewall in 1968 (33 years, 220 days).

18: He now has 18 grand slam titles to his name, which is the second highest in history. Although he is not too concerned about breaking rival Roger Federer’s record in the future.

Grand Slam collection
French Open – 12
US Open – 3
Wimbledon – 2
Australian Open – 1

12: Nadal has now won the tournament 12 times in his career. In the history of tennis no other player has managed to win the same grand slam that amount of times. In the Open Era the only player to have won 12 titles at tour-level tournaments was Martina Navratilova in Chicago.

12-0: The world No.2 has never lost a final at the French Open. Five of his wins have been in straight sets and seven has been in four sets. He is yet to go the full distance in a final at Roland Garros.

2005: bt Mariano Puerta (ARG) 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5
2006: bt Roger Federer (SUI) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6
2007: bt Roger Federer (SUI) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2008: bt Roger Federer (SUI) 6-1, 6-3, 6-0
2010: bt Robin Soderling (SWE) 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
2011: bt Roger Federer (SUI) 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1
2012: bt Novak Djokovic (SRB) 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
2013: bt David Ferrer (ESP) 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
2014: bt Novak Djokovic (SRB) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4
2017: bt Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 6-2, 6-3, 6-1
2018: bt Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
2019: bt Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

3: Nadal has won the title three times without dropping a single set. He achieved the milestones in 2008, 2010 and 2017.

2: Only two people have managed to get the better of the Spaniard on the Paris clay. Robin Soderling was the first in 2009 when he prevailed in the fourth round. Six years later, Novak Djokovic was victorious in their quarter-final clash at the 2015 tournament. Nadal also didn’t win the title in 2006, but withdrew before his match due to injury.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova upsets Ashleigh Barty in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career

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Russian wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova edged top seed this year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty 6-2 6-4 in the semifinal of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career.

 

Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova, who is now ranked world number 153, scored her third win against top 10 players this week  after beating former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova.

Barty missed her chance to regain world number 1 spot from Naomi Osaka, who was forced to retire from her quarter final.

Barty earned the first break of the match in the second game of the opening set, when Kuznetsova netted a backhand. Kuznetsova broke back in the third game with a smash winner and earned another break at 2-2 when Barty netted a backhand. Kuznetsova hit a return winner to build up a 5-2 lead. Barty asked a medical time-out to treat he right leg. Kuznetsova held serve at 15 to close out the opening set after 30 minutes.

Kuznetsova went up a break in the first game of the second set. Barty won just three points on return in the second set. Kuznetsova closed out the second set with three winners in the 10th game.

“I am really happy. I am not really an analyzing person, but on my intuition, I am doing so much better, not repeating so many of my mistakes, just playing smarter and wiser now. It’s been so many different things when I was off, so I just enjoyed time off. Honestly, I was not missing at all the travelling and all the stress when you play tournaments, but now I have missed it and I feel good. I feel joy staying here and being here. It definitely helped me to have some time off to see other things outside tennis”, said Kuznetsova.

 

Kuznetsova set up a final against Madison Keys, who beat Sofia Kenin in straight sets. The Russian 34-year-old veteran player has qualified for her first final since last year, when she beat Donna Vekic in Washington.

 

“Madison is extremely tough. When she is on fire, it is really hard to play against her. It’s going to be a difficult match-up”, said Kuznetsova.  

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David Goffin reaches his first Masters 1000 in Cincinnati

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David Goffin beat Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 on an overcast afternoon to reach the first Masters 1000 final of his career and his 13th title match at ATP Tour level at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Goffin has dropped just one set en route to the final.

 

Goffin is returning to his best form this summer under the guidance of former Swedish player Thomas Johansson. He reached the final in Halle and his first quarter final at Wimbledon. He received a walkover after Yoshihito Nishioka was forced to withdraw from the match due to food poisoning.

The Belgian player started the match with two consecutive holds before breaking at love to open up a 4-1 lead with a backhand winner down the line.

Goffin held his next service games to seal the opening set 6-3. Gasquet earned an early break to open  2-0 lead, but Goffin won five of the next six games with two breaks. The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up served out the win at love in the 10th game after 1 hour and 16 minutes, as Gasquet sent his backhand long.

Goffin reached the semifinal in Cincinnati last year, but he was forced to retire due to an arm injury.

“I am very happy. It’s a tournament I like and I have played the best tennis in the past few years. I am really happy to reach my first Masters 1000 final here. It’s a great moment for me.”

 

 

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Richard Gasquet reaches his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Miami 2013

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Frenchman Richard Gasquet edged past this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 12 minutes to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal since the 2013 Miami Open.

 

 Gasquet missed six months of action after undergoing groin surgery last January.

The French player set up a semfinal against David Goffin, who reached the semifinal after his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew from the match due to illness.

The first set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Bautista Agut hit a backhand wide at 1-2. Gasquet sealed the tie-break when Bautista Agut hit a forehand long.

Bautista Agut earned two breaks of serve in the second set and sealed it, when Gasquet made his third double fault on set point.

Gasquet broke serve with a volley in the third game of the decisive set. The French player went up a double break to race out to 4-1 lead. He saved two break points to hold his serve at deuce before serving out the third set on his first match point.

“I know how tough it was to come back. I know the moments I had at the start of the year, so I just wanted to enjoy, to fight. It is not easy to come back after six months out, but I am here. I am in semis tomorrow”,said Gasquet.

 

 

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