10-time champion Rafael Nadal moves onto Rome Open with inhuman record above every other player

Thursday, 02 May 2024 at 00:00
Rafael Nadal has confirmed his presence in the upcoming Rome Open, which takes place between May 8th and 19th at the Foro Italico, in what will be his last stop before the French Open. The Spanish player is the ultimate legend of the tournament and has shattered all records.
Nadal has already accumulated several matches under his belt, after reaching the second round of the Barcelona Open and then the round of 16 at the Madrid Open. The 22-times Grand Slam champion acknowledged that he is not yet at his 100% physically, but he achieved some good victories before falling to world No. 31 Jiri Lehecka.

Nadal's historic reign at the Rome Open

Without too much rest time, Nadal will take to the court again in one of the tournaments that has given him the most success in his career. The former world No. 1 holds the absolute record of 10 titles, the first of which came in 2005 and the last achieved in 2021, surpassing Novak Djokovic's 6 titles.
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Nadal won his last Rome Open at 2021. He defeated the defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final by 7–5, 1–6, 6–3
The King of Clay is the only player to have won the title three times consecutively and holds the record for the most finals contested (12). Highlights include the 6 consecutive finals played between 2009 and 2014 and the impeccable streak of 17 consecutive victories achieved between 2005 and 2008. Nadal has a record of 69-8 (90%), the most overwhelming in the history of the tournament, a record only surpassed by himself in the Monte-Carlo Masters with 73-6 (92%).
His last participation was in 2022 when he barely reached the third round, marking the second time in 18 appearances that he failed to reach at least the quarterfinals. On that occasion, world No. 13 Denis Shapovalov surprised Nadal (No. 3) by turning the score around and defeating him 1-6, 7-5, 6-2. Injuries prevented Nadal from returning in 2023, and next week he will have the opportunity for his 19th time at the Italian Open.

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