Ten reasons why Rafa Nadal is the GOAT in tennis. The Spanish mega star Rafael Nadal won his 12th French Open, 4th US Open and 5th Davis Cup title in 2019. His win/loss was 58/7 and he finish the year as the year-end number one for the 5th time. Here is 10 reasons why Nadal already now could be considered the greatest tennis player of all-time.
Ten reasons why Rafael Nadal is the GOAT
1. The best win/loss match record in Grand Slams amongst the Big Three at 88% (Only Borg is better all-time with 89.1%)
2. Most Masters 1000 titles – 35
3. Most “Big Titles” with 60 (19 GS, 35 Masters 1000, 1 Olympic Gold, 5 Davis Cup) compared to Djokovic 56 and Federer 55.
4. His record 29-1 in Davis Cup singles matches and 29 straight wins
5. He is 10-4 against Federer in Grand Slam match record and 9-6 against Djokovic
6. The all-time Open Era record for overall best career winning percentage (minimum 500 wins) at 83.1% (966-196 record)
7. The only player, male or female in history with 12 wins in a Grand Slam (French Open).
8. His 19 Grand Slam titles…despite he has missed out/withdrawn from 14 Slams during his career. (Federer No.1 at 20 Slams)
9. Youngest player (24 winning his first US Open title 2010) to win a career grand slam and career golden slam (all slams plus olympic gold in singles)
10. First player to be ranked No.1 in the world in 3 decades
Rafael Nadal has never been taken to five sets in any of his 12 French Open finals and has a 98% winning percentage (93-2) at Roland Garros. Also, Nadal has missed to play/had to retire in 14 Grand Slams during his career due to injuries. Nadal has reached the final at each Slam at least 5 times as the second player in history with his 4th US Open title this year in New York.
When he won his first US Open title defeating Novak Djokovic in the final 2010 it was also his Career Grand Slam and Career Golden Slam (All slams plus Olympic Gold medal in singles). Nadal is the youngest player ever to complete both feats. In his first match against Roger Federer he won 6-3, 6-3 in Miami 2004. Federer was the world number one and Rafa was 17 years old.
ALSO READ – RAFAEL NADALS GRAND SLAM TITLES – all the 27 final results & stats on all missed slams.
RAFA’S 5th YEAR END NUMBER ONE
In 2019 Nadal started his campaign by reaching the final of Australian Open, lost in R2 in Acapulco (after MP against Kyrgios) and reached at least the SF at Indian Wells (SF, withdrew), Monte Carlo (SF, Fognini), Barcelona (SF, Thiem), Madrid (SF, Tsitsipas), Rome (W), French Open (W), Wimbledon (SF, Federer), Rogers Cup (W), US Open (W), Paris (SF, withdrew) and at the ATP Finals he won 2 matches (Medvedev & Tsitsipas) but lost to Zverev and missed out reaching the semis for the second time this year. Nadal also played one match in Laver Cup (W against Raonic) and five matches (won all without dropping a set) in the season ending Davis Cup finals at home in Madrid. The 25th of November 2019 Rafael Nadal started his 200th week ranked number one.
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