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Rafa Nadal Clay Achievements

4/09/2013Rafaholics ™


Are we missing Rafa yet? With Monte-Carlo/ EU Clay Season just around the corner, I wanted to list some of Rafa's amazing Clay Records accomplished.. please let me know if I missed anything!

TournamentSinceRecord accomplishedPlayer tied
All18778 consecutive titles at any single tournamentStands alone
Monte Carlo Masters18978 men's singles titlesStands alone
French Open19257 men's singles titlesStands alone
Rome Masters19306 men's singles titlesStands alone
Barcelona Open19537 men's singles titlesStands alone

ATP Masters SeriesYear(s)Record accomplishedPlayers matched
ATP Masters2005–201322 titles overallStands alone
ATP Masters2005–201216 clay court titlesStands alone
Monte Carlo Masters
Rome Masters
Madrid Masters
French Open
2010Clay SlamStands alone
Monte Carlo Masters2005–20128 consecutive titlesStands alone
Rome Masters2005–20126 titles in 8 yearsStands alone
Monte Carlo Masters—Rome Masters2005–2007
2009–2010
2012
6 years winning both titlesStands alone
ATP Masters2007–20104 consecutive years winning 3+ titlesStands alone
ATP Masters2005–20139 consecutive years winning 1+ titleStands alone
ATP Masters2008–201021 consecutive quarter-finalsStands alone
ATP Masters2005–201283.39% (236–47) winning percentageStands alone
Monte Carlo Masters—Rome Masters—Madrid Masters20103 consecutive titlesNovak Djokovic (2011)
Monte Carlo Masters2008Winner of the singles and doubles tournament at the same tournament and the same yearJim Courier (Indian Wells 1991)
Indian Wells Masters—Rome Masters20115 consecutive finalsStands alone
    French Open—US Open      2010Winner of Majors on clay, grass, and hard court in calendar yearStands alone
    French Open—Australian Open2008–2009Simultaneous holder of Majors on clay, grass, and hard courtRoger Federer
    French Open2005–20127 titles overallStands alone
    French Open2005–20084 consecutive titlesBjörn Borg
    French Open2005–2008
    2010–2012
    7 finals overallStands alone
    French Open2005–20084 consecutive finalsBjörn Borg
    Ivan Lendl
    Roger Federer
    French Open2005–200931 consecutive match winsStands alone
    French Open2005–201298.11% (52–1) match winning percentageStands alone
    French Open2008, 20102 wins without losing a setBjörn Borg
    French Open2005Won title on the first attemptMats Wilander
    French Open—Wimbledon2008, 2010Accomplished a "Channel Slam": Winning both tournaments in the same yearRod Laver
    Björn Borg
    Roger Federer


    • Tied with Björn Borg for the most titles as a teenager with 16.
    • Most singles titles won in a single season as a teenager: 11 (2005).
    • Nadal has a 37–5 record in clay court tournament finals and a 68–1 record in best-of-five-set matches on clay.
    • Nadal is the only player in the Open Era to win more than one ATP Tournament at least 7 times in his career: Monte Carlo Masters eight times (2005-2012), French Open seven times (2005-2008, 2010-2012) and Barcelona Open seven times (2005-2009, 2011-2012).
    • Overall Nadal is 261–20 (92.88%) in his career on clay, the best winning percentage on clay in the Open Era. The quickest male player (losing fewest matches) in the Open Era to reach 200 clay-court wins (200–16). Vilas leads the all time clay court career win list: 632-162.
    • Nadal (7–0), Borg (6–0) and Gustavo Kuerten (3–0) are the only players in the Open Era to never lose a French Open final while appearing in at least 3 finals.
    • Torneo Godó (Barcelona Open): Holds the record for the most consecutive wins - 5 (2005–2009) and most title wins – 7 (2005–2009, 2011–2012).
    • Longest single-surface winning streak in the Open Era: 81 matches on Clay Courts (11 April 2005 – 20 May 2007)
    • In 2005 became one of two players to win the French Open on the first attempt, the first being Mats Wilander in 1982.
    • Second player to win the same slam (FO) 7 times after Sampras (Wim) during open era.
    • Fourth player to win the same slam (FO) 4 consecutive times after Borg (FO), Sampras (Wim) and Federer (Wim, USO), during open era.
    • Best career outdoor match winning percentage: 85.10% (531-93).
    • Quickest player to reach 400 wins by playing less than 500 matches (401-91)
    • The only player to have lost just one game in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (Monte Carlo 2010: 6–0, 6–1)

    • The only player to win all three clay court Masters events in the same year.
    • The fastest to win ATP Masters Titles:
    1. 5 titles: 8 tournaments/1 years: Monte Carlo 2005 – Monte Carlo 2006
    2. 10 titles: 24 tournaments/3 years: Monte Carlo 2005 – Monte Carlo 2008
    3. 15 titles: 34 tournaments/4 years: Monte Carlo 2005 – Rome 2009
    4. 20 titles: 58 tournaments/7 years: Monte Carlo 2005 – Monte Carlo 2012.

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