A record 13th French Open title and the 20th Major has in no way diminished Rafael Nadal’s appetite for record-making as the legend confirmed that he will appear at this year’s Paris Masters.
The current world number 2 is locked in a contest of being the GOAT with the other members of the big three and after equalling Federer’s grand slam tally, Nadal would be looking to equal Novak Djokovic’s record 36 ATP 1000 Masters titles.
Rafa, who as of now sits at 35 titles, and Djokovic are both pretty ahead of Rogers’ 28 titles and if the status quo is to remain then chances are that either of the two would end up with the highest tally.
Nadal’s mantra-Wake, win, repeat
Rafael Nadal has been all in the headlines for a week now.t’s like he is not chasing records but instead, records are chasing him. Rolex Paris Masters 2020 is about to kick-off from 31st October and will stretch till 8th November 2020.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) October 20, 2020
Also, the Spaniard enjoys a whopping 83.25% winning records which is the most among currently active players and places him above Novak’s 83.1%. Federer completes the podium at 82.1%.
Last week’s Rolland Garros’ title also made the Spaniard only the second male in the open era to win titles in 3 different decades.
The final frontier-
Nadal’s 20th grand slam has once again reignited the burning question of today’s tennis. Who is the GOAT among the Big three? And Rafa who many consider being the most unidimensional of the three has made his case a lot stronger in just a week.
With neither Novak nor Federer having an Olympic gold, chances are that Nadal would remain the only member to have a Golden slam in his career.
The only feather that has been quintessentially missing is the ATP finals, a tournament many consider to be the fifth Grand slam. This is one area in which Nadal lags behind his contemporaries with Federer’s leading the ties at six titles followed by Djokovic’s five titles. In comparison, Nadal has just one runner up appearance in 2010.
But all that can change at this year’s ATP finals with the world No.2 in the form of his life, Novak Djokovic going through a crisis of sorts and the Next Gen still failing to impress.