MONTE CARLO, Monaco - It’s already been a record-breaking year in tennis, with Serena Williams setting a new women’s record for most majors in the Open Era and Roger Federer raising the bar on his men’s record. And now Rafael Nadal could become the latest player to rewrite history in 2017.
At this week’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, which you can watch live all week on Tennis Channel, Nadal is trying to become the first man in the Open Era to win the same event 10 times.
He’s actually one of only three players in the Open Era, male or female, to win the same ATP or WTA event nine or more times. And he’s done it at three events. Here’s a full breakdown:
~ 9 titles at Monte Carlo (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016)
~ 9 titles at Barcelona (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016)
~ 9 titles at Roland Garros (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
~ 9 titles at Berlin
~ 12 titles at Chicago (10th came in 1990)
~ 11 titles at Eastbourne (10th came in 1991)
~ 9 titles at Dallas
~ 9 titles at Washington DC
~ 9 titles at Wimbledon
And just to jog your memory, here’s what Nadal’s first titles at his three nine-peats looked like:
2005 Monte Carlo Final: Nadal Vs Guillermo Coria
2005 Barcelona Final: Nadal Vs Juan Carlos Ferrero
2005 Roland Garros Final: Nadal Vs Mariano Puerta