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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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Stefanos Tsitsias Draws Positives From Huge Scare At Queen’s

It was a difficult day at the office for the world No.6.

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London: Stefanos Tsitsipas narrowly avoided a shock exit from the Fever-Tree championships after coming through a marathon second-round encounter.

 

Gracing his presence on the grass courts in London for the second time on Thursday after finishing his first round match earlier, he faced France’s Jeremy Chardy. A semi-finalist at the tournament 12 months ago, who has lost his last seven matches against top 10 opposition. On paper, the Greek was the heavy favorite to triumph, but in reality, it was a more closely contested encounter with Tsitsipas coming out on top to win 4-6, 7-6(0), 7-6(4). Hitting 40 winners to 26 unforced errors, and saving seven out of the 11 break points he faced.

“I didn’t play very well at the beginning of the match. I found my rhythm for some reason when he (Chardy) was serving for the match.” Tsitsipas said afterward.
“Everything was working, positive and good. I managed to win the tiebreak in the second set, kept the momentum going.’
“I didn’t play my best, but somehow I survived.”

The roller coaster encounter saw the Greek struggle with his consistency early on against Chardy, whose use of slice came in handy for him. Down a set, it looked as if it was over for Tsitsipas after he got broken at 4-4 in the second. Handing the Frenchman a chance to serve the match out. Nevertheless, the top seed battled back to force the proceedings into a tiebreaker. Which he emphatically dominated with a seven-point winning streak.

All to play for, a marathon Chardy service game lasting almost 15 minutes opened up the decider. Fighting hard, Tsitsipas secured his breakthrough two games later as he broke for only the second time in the entire match. Closing in on the victory, the seesaw continued with an exchange of breaks occurring twice. With little disparity between the two, it was only fitting that a tiebreaker should separate the two. Which Tsitsipas managed to prevail in after spending two hours and 38 minutes on the court.

“In my first round match, I didn’t feel very good on the court. Now I feel a little bit better. Like I am advancing and proceeding with my play.” The world No.6 evaluated.
“It’s a very short period that you play on the grass. You kind of forget when you leave the grass season. You mentally forget how it is because there are certain thoughts on the grass that takes time to digest.”

Next up for the Australian Open semi-finalist will be Canadian rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime. The world No.21 toppled the controversial Nick Kyrgios 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 7-5. The match ended with Kyrgios allegedly tanking on match point before throwing his racket outside of the court.

“I’ve never beaten Felix in the singles. He has a big game and big potential. He can play really well, really aggressive and can be unpredictable.” Tsitsipas previewed.

Earlier in the day, a duo of seeds crashed out of the tournament. Kevin Anderson, who was playing in his first tournament since Miami, lost 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, to Gilles Simon. Meanwhile, Stan Wawrinka was stunned by Nicolas Mahut. Wawrinka was leading the decider 5-3, but failed to serve the match out and ended up losing 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(2).

“I just kept fighting and I came back at the end of the second set.” Said 2007 finalist Mahut.
“I kept playing better and better. I’m so happy to play on this court. It is one of the best courts I have ever played on. It’s a great win for me, I have so much respect for Stan.”

Mahut and Simon will play each other in the quarter-finals.

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Nick Kyrgios Kicks-Off Queen’s Campaign In Controversial Style

The Australian accused the match umpire of ‘taking the f***ing p***’ at The Queen’s Club.

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LONDON: Nick Kyrgios caught the attention of many at The Fever-Tree championships on Thursday, but not for good reason.

 

The Australian rallied to a 7-6(4), 6-3, win over Roberto Carballés Baena. Although the talking point wasn’t his win, it was his behavior on the court. Leading 5-4 with a set point in his favor, Kyrgios raged at the officials after a second serve from his opponent was called in. Something he believed was out.

Engaged in a fiery conversation with umpire Fergus Murphy, Kyrgios demanded to speak with the tournament supervisor. Arguing that he has been hard done by concerning the calls which have been made. The supervisor arrived three games into the second set.

“Twenty people over there are saying it was way out,’ he pointed at the crowd. ‘Go and ask them yourself. They’re not going to lie to you, they’ve got no reason to. ‘An 80mph second serve. You actually can’t be that bad… That sh*t can’t happen. Know what I mean? Just ask the crowd. He’s the chair umpire and he doesn’t overrule it. I was waiting for a call.’ George Bellshaw from The Metro quoted Kyrgios as saying.

The words from the Australian failed to get him anywhere, but by now his mentality on the court was anything, but stable. Making jibes at the linesman, vocally criticizing himself and even choosing to watch the match next to him during a change of ends.

During the closing stages of the match, a poor lob shot from the Australian prompted him to criticize himself for his late-night gaming.

“So lazy, do something, so lazy you are. You were playing FIFA until 3am, what do you expect?”

It is not the first time Kyrgios has raised eyebrows at Queen’s for his antics. 12 months ago he was fined £13,000 for ‘inappropriate behavior’ after being caught making a lewd gesture with a water bottle.

Kyrgios will return to the courts later today to play his second round match against Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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Rafael Nadal To Play Grass-Court Warm-Up Event Ahead Of Wimbledon

The world No.2 will return to action next week in London.

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Reigning French Open champion Rafael Nadal will tune up his game ahead of the Wimbledon Championships at the Aspall Tennis Classic in Hurlingham next week.

 

The world No.2 has confirmed that he will play at the exhibition event, which is situated on the north bank of the River Thames in London. During its 25-year history, the event has featured an array of top names from both the men’s and women’s tour. Last year Maria Sharapova, Grigor Dimitrov, and Lucas Pouille all played. The tournament is run by management group IMG.

“I am always happy to play at The Hurlingham Club and be close to UK tennis fans. It is a prestigious ground in one of the best settings in the UK, making it the perfect way to warm up for Wimbledon.” Nadal said in a statement.

Joining Nadal is this year’s edition will be Nick Kyrgios, Marin Cilic, Lucas Pouille and Felix Auger-Aliassime. More names could also be added to the entry list in the coming days. For Nadal, it will be his eighth appearance in Hurlingham. In 2018 he scored a win over Australia’s Matthew Ebden, before losing to Pouille.

“The Aspall Tennis Classic is one of the most unique and wonderful tournaments in the country, set on the stunning 42-acre grounds of The Hurlingham Club. The tournament offers spectators the chance to watch some of the world’s best players in an intimate environment as they play in a series of singles exhibition matches. It’s the perfect warm up to Wimbledon.” Said Charlie grave from IMG.

Nadal has opted not to play an ATP tournament on the grass prior to Wimbledon. A common approach he has taken in recent years. He will be bidding to win the grand slam title for the third time in his career and the first since 2010.

The Aspall Tennis Classic will get underway on Tuesday.

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