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Rafael Nadal’s Career in Numbers

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Rafael Nadal’s playing career may be coming to an end in 2024, but while there may be time to add more to his extraordinary resume, his current statistics already speak for themselves.

Nadal is currently sharing the record for most Major titles in men’s singles with Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard has more Slam trophies in total than Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Boris Becker’s hauls combined.

Nadal is the only man in tennis history to have won 14 titles at a singular event. His record at Roland Garros is his greatest achievement, and arguably the greatest individual sporting statistic in history.

Nadal has as many French Open titles as Pete Sampras has total Slam wins. Only Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have more mens singles Major trophies than Nadal’s Paris haul alone.

Djokovic and Federer both boast stunning records at the Australian Open and Wimbledon respectively. However, their records do not come close to Nadal’s in Paris, who has six more titles there than Federer has at SW19. He also holds four more Roland Garros trophies than Djokovic’s ten Australian Open crowns.

Nadal has an utterly ridiculous 38-3 record in Paris against top 10 players at the time of the match (93%). His overall record there is an absurd 97%. His percentage win rate combined at the other three is still an incredible 84%.

The 36-year-old is undefeated in Paris finals, with a 14-0 record. In all of those finals, he was never even taken to a deciding set. 23% of the 370 completed sets Nadal played at the tournament were won either 6-0 or 6-1 by the Spaniard. He also won 20% of the sets he played in the finals by a 6-0 or 6-1 scoreline.

Nadal also holds the longest surface streak of any male player in tennis history. He went on a run of 81 consecutive clay court wins between 2006 and 2007. He also has a record of 50 consecutive sets won on a single surface (clay).

Since the Open Era began in 1968, there have been 55 mens singles events in Paris. Nadal has been victorious at 25% of them.

Nadal has more career titles on clay (63) than the likes of Agassi (60) and Becker (49) have total ATP singles titles. Nadal also has over double the number of Roland Garros main draw wins as the next most successful player at the tournament, Bjorn Borg, who was a six time champion.

Despite having lost three matches in Paris, Nadal holds a winning record there over every player he faced, having won eight of ten meetings against Novak Djokovic, and three of four against Robin Soderling, the first player to have beaten him there in 2009.

Nadal has missed 9 Majors since becoming a first-time champion in 2005. He has retired from three matches at this level. He also withdrew before a third round match at Roland Garros in 2016, and before a Wimbledon semi-final in 2022, because of injuries.

Nadal has won 22 out of 67 main draw Slams that he has entered. On average, he was victorious in 1 of every 3 events. Hypothetically, had Nadal been healthy enough to finish all of those fourteen tournaments he suffered injuries in, he would have added another four or five Majors to his tally.

Nadal has over 1,100 main tour level victories in singles and doubles overall. He has therefore won a tennis match every 11 days of his life, without even accounting for his junior days.

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Perspective And Fatigue: The Two Sides Of Iga Swiatek’s Dubai Defeat

Iga Swiatek spoke about perspective and fatigue after her semi-final exit in Dubai.

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Iga Swiatek showed two sides to her defeat in Dubai as the world number one surprisingly failed to win the title despite being the favourite in the semi-finals.

Heading into her semi-final in Dubai, Swiatek was heavy favourite to win her second consecutive WTA title after claiming the title in Doha the week before.

However Swiatek was unsuccessful in her bid to reach the final as she lost to Anna Kalinskaya 6-4 6-4.

It was a bitterly disappointing defeat for Swiatek who missed a golden opportunity to establish even more dominance ahead of Indian Wells.

As all champions do Swiatek offered perspective to her defeat as she looks ahead to the rest of the season, “I mean, I’m angry but on the other hand, there aren’t many players that actually survive these kinds of tournaments so I just kind of have to let it go and accept it,” Swiatek was quoted by Tennis Majors.

There was not only perspective offered but also fatigue as expectations and pressure can force simple mistakes from the best players in the world.

The world number one acknowledged Kalinskaya’s performance but did admit her own performance contributed to the defeat, “Today I would say, I mean she [Kalinskaya] played well and for sure she deserves to be in the final, but I feel like it was more about me and my level,” Swiatek told Tennis Majors.

“I wanted to be focused on myself and I wasn’t really able to implement any tactics that I had. Usually, when I tell myself what to do, I can improve my game but today I was so out of power and tired that I just couldn’t. Day by day, it was a little bit worse.”

Swiatek will hope to re-energize herself ahead of the sunshine double in America.

Last year Swiatek lost to eventual champion Elena Rybakina in the semi-finals at Indian Wells before withdrawing from Miami.

The Pole will look to improve last year’s performance when she plays Indian Wells, which starts on the 6th of March.

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‘Speechless’ Mensik Reaches Maiden ATP Final In Doha

Jakub Mensik is into his first ATP final in Doha.

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Jakub Mensik admitted he was left speechless after reaching his first ATP final in Doha.

The 18 year-old continued his remarkable week with a 6-4 1-6 6-3 semi-final victory over Gael Monfils.

The Czech Republican produced clinical tennis as he beat the 2018 champion to reach his maiden ATP final.

After the match Mensik admitted he was left ‘speechless’ and spoke about the influence Monfils had on his career, “It is amazing. Hopefully not the last one [final]. Incredible week so far,” Mensik told the ATP website.

“Today again with Gael, he played unbelievable. I know it is tough to play against him, especially with his good movement. For me every point I have to play my best game.

“I have to say this performance was one of the best in my entire life. I am so glad I reached this level in the semis, so hopefully tomorrow I play like this. An amazing feeling with my first ATP final. I am speechless.

“I told him when I was young I watched him a lot on the TV. One of the biggest showman on court. He is a great guy, so hopefully in the future we will meet once again. The rallies were so fun with him.”

Mensik has so far beaten three former champions this week as he also defeated Andy Murray and Andrey Rublev this week.

Now Mensik will aim to win his first ATP title as he takes on Karen Khachanov in Saturday’s final.

Should Mensik win the title he could climb to 75 in the world as he started the week at 116 in the world.

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Acapulco Faces Safety Issues Ahead Of ATP 500 Tournament

Acapulco faces safety and infrastructure issues before the ATP 500 tournament next week.

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Acapulco has faced safety concerns ahead of the tournament as players have been advised to stay in the tournament hotels or tennis venues.

As exclusively revealed by James Gray of the i newspaper, Acapulco is facing security and infrastructure concerns ahead of the tournament.

ATP players have reportedly been told in an email to stay confined to the tournament hotels and the tennis venue as crime rates have increased in the city.

Organisers in Mexico have reassured people that players will be able to train safely with the following statement, “The Arena GNP, venue for the Mexican Open of Tennis, and the host hotel are currently operational to carry out the tournament,” the tournament organisers told the i newspaper.

“Since Tuesday, we have been receiving players in Acapulco, and they have already had the opportunity to train at the venue.”

However there are still infrastructural problems including lack of flights to Acapulco as well as other safety concerns which have been affected by Hurricane Otis.

Despite the problems the ATP seem confident that the event will be safe and secure ahead of the ATP 500 event, “It is not uncommon for players to receive security advisories from ATP as a precautionary measure across more than 250 Tour and Challenger Tour events each season,” A spokesperson told the i newspaper.

“The advisory sent for Acapulco factors in the additional complexity of Hurricane Otis’ disruption. There have been major efforts and investment to restore the Acapulco venue in recent months.”

The ATP 500 event in Acapulco will take place next week with Alex De Minaur being the defending champion.

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