Rafa Nadal has officially become what he already was for many years: the best tennis player in history. The man from Manacori has managed to undo the tie that kept the greats with Federer and Djokovic to consolidate himself for the moment as the first male tennis player who has managed to lift 21 Grand Slams , after winning the 2022 Australian Open. However, although this is his milestone more significant, it is not the only one in his already extensive and legendary sports career.
Nadal has become the most successful tennis player in history, surpassing his two greatest rivals. The Spaniard has achieved it after beating Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Australian Open, signing another record, that of being the first tennis player in the last 57 years to come back from 2-0 in Melbourne to win the final and, in addition, the longest to do so in a Grand Slam final.
But Nadal ‘s records do not end there. The Spaniard has managed to win more majors than Federer and Djokovic having played fewer finals than any of them: 29, compared to 31 for the Swiss and the Serbian. He has also achieved something that they have not achieved, as he is the first and only tennis player in history to win at least one ATP circuit title for 19 consecutive years – from 2003 to this – after starting this year winning the ATP 250 from Melbourne.
The condition of best tennis player in the history of Rafa Nadal would not have been possible if it were not for Roland Garros. There he consolidated himself at the beginning of the previous decade as the king of clay courts and has already accumulated 13 titles in his record. No one in Paris has won as much as him and that’s where he can extend his record in just a few months.
The other eight greats are divided into four US Open, two Wimbledon and as many Australian Open, having lifted in this case less of them than Djokovic and Federer. At 24 years old he already had the four majors in his record, being the youngest tennis player to achieve it and, it is that, he was also the first to chain 10 consecutive years winning at least one major .
Outside of the Grand Slams, Nadal also has several records in the Masters 1000. In terms of wins, he is surpassed by Djokovic, as well as in disputed finals. He does hold the record for having won the greatest number of titles of this nature for 10 years, from 2005 to 2014, having played the final of the nine, although he still has to win the Paris-Bercy one.
Nadal has one of the longest streaks on the ATP tour. In 2008 he managed to chain 32 consecutive victories, being the highest achieved between the three surfaces. As the best tennis player to ever step on a clay court, the man from Manaco has the best consecutive winning streak, with 50, between 2017 and 2018. In addition, between 2005 and 2007 he achieved 81 consecutive victories on clay , something that no one has achieved either.
In one of the Masters 1000 clay, Montecarlo, achieved a huge streak. He won eight consecutive titles, falling in the final of what would have been his ninth. In total, he chained 46 games in a row winning in Monaco, being the most achieved in any tournament.