Hyderabad, India: Rafael Nadal has just won his first US Open Championships. With this only slam event eluding him so far, he has proved all his fans correct and asserted their belief of Nadal having the potential to be the greatest Tennis player. The records prove that if he remains healthy, he will create new benchmarks in almost all fields of Tennis.
1. At 24, youngest to complete career Grand Slam.
2. 7th player to complete Career Grand Slam.
3. First since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same year.
4. In six matches before final, he has won 89 of 91 service games. Andy Roddick lost five service games in seven matches when he won the 2003 U.S. Open. No champion has lost fewer.
5. Record 18 tournament wins in ATP World Tour Masters 1000.
6. Second male player after Agassi to complete Career Golden Slam.
7. Rank 1 is the highest ever by any spaniard in Tennis.
8. Broke Wilander’s teenage record of 9 tournament win (1983) by winning 11
singles titles and 4 ATP Masters Series in 2005.
9. First Teenage Slam Champions since Sampras (1990 US Open) at age 19.
10. 2nd Player since Agassi to finish 2 consecutive years as No. 2 seed.
11. 2nd player after Borg to win 4 French Open consecutively,
12. 4th player overall after Borg, Sampras and Federer to win any slam for 4 consecutive years.
13. 3rd player in open era to win French Open and Wimbledon in same year, after Rod Laver (1969) and Borg (1978-80). (Federer achieved it in 2009.)
14. He has won 18 Masters title, all-time record.
15. First player to win all three clay court Masters titles in a single year.
16. First player to win three consecutive Masters events.
17. First player to win five French Open titles in six years.
18. 31 consecutive wins at French Open is unmatched.
19. Only player to achieve Clay Smal by winning 3 Masters Series on Clay and Roland Garros.
20. 6 consecutive titles at Monte Carlo Masters, a record.
21. Record 5 titles in 6 years at Rome Masters (2005-10)
22. Fastest to win 5, 15 and 15 titles in his career.
23. Second player, after Mats Wilander (1982) to win French Open on first attempy.
Grand Slams: 9
5 French Open (2005, 2006, 2007, 2007, 2008, 2010)
2 Wimbledon (2008, 2010)
1 US Open 2010
1 Australian open 2009
Olympic Gold Medal: 2008 in Singles
ATP World Tour Masters 1000: 18 tournaments
Davis Cup: 2004, 2008, 2009 Spain team
Against Current Challengers
Federer lags him 14-7 in career matches against each other.
Djokovic lags him 15-7 after US Open 2010 Final defeat.
To win the US Open he has improvised his game again. The same, which he did to win Wimbledon. The effort is rarely seen by a player. But, as he will be soon counted as the greatest, the effort is certainly required. His other challenge will be now to chase Federer’s 16 or more championship record haul.
Born: 3 June 1986, Manacor, Majorca, Spain
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
2003 Newcomer of the Year
2005 Golden Bagel Award
2005 ATP Most Improved Player of the Year award
2008 Prince of Asturias Award
2008 Golden Bagel Award
2009 Golden Bagel Award
The King of Clay is now on his way to be the greatest of all in the Open Era. He has already stopped Federer’s great run. Anyone who can stop him!!