How many more French Open titles will 'superhuman' Nadal win?


In addition, should Nadal not feature in Wimbledon this year, he will lose his No. 1 ranking if Federer retains his grass titles but the 11-time French Open victor is not anxious about the rankings.

Rafael Nadal described his performance at the French Open previous year, when he didn't surrender a set, as "perfect".

"Don't try the tweener because it says "I'm giving up on that point". In case you can't do that math in your head that's less than two sets per tournament - and that includes the three times he didn't win the title.

Roger Federer celebrates after beating Mischa Zverev during the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday
Roger Federer celebrates after beating Mischa Zverev during the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday

Federer and Nadal have something else ridiculous in common: they're the only two players in men's tennis history to reach at least 11 finals in a specific Grand Slam. So I just am just going to keep fighting for things and that's it.

Rafael Nadal bagged a record-extending 11th French Open title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 thrashing of Dominic Thiem even as he faced injury scare late in the final.

There was still fight in Thiem, though, and he had a break point when Nadal served at 4-2 ― a game in which the Spaniard was warned for taking too long to serve. Nadal, Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray - the so-called Big Four - have dominated the men's game to such a degree that Thiem is only the second player now younger than 28 to have reached a major singles final. Yet while Nadal's body language would change completely for the remaining 25 minutes, his normal competitive frown relaxing into a blank, nearly haunted stare - he refused to back down. But that was only after Nadal had allowed him just two games in a last-eight mauling in Monte Carlo.

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Is Nadal upset to still be trailing Federer by three slams, despite his phenomenal feats over the past year? Nadal is 49-2 since 2017 when playing on clay.

The number of Grand Slam singles titles now held by Nadal, who is second on the all-time list among men in the Open Era, behind Federer (20), and ahead of Pete Sampras (14), Djokovic and Roy Emerson (12 each).

Thiem is the only player to have beaten Nadal on clay in the past two years - winning in best-of-three set matches in Rome and Madrid.

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Austria's Dominic Thiem strained every sinew trying to cling on to the 32-year-old Spaniard and at times even gained a precarious foothold in his first Grand Slam final. He suffered one service break, in the third game of the match, which came as big news.

"There is a lot of talk of me not being able to play five sets, not being able to play long matches".

Well, we never thought we'd see the day, but that rather exciting prospect came true during the Laver Cup in Prague past year.

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"I am sure", Nadal said after the match, "you will win here in the next couple of years". He is entered into the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club, starting a week today.