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10 most significant records created by Rafael Nadal in the decade that was 2010-2019

  • Looking back at Nadal's 10 most important records in the period 2010-2019.
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Modified 28 Dec 2019, 20:51 IST

#3 First player to win 8 Grand Slam titles at a tournament

Nadal celebrates his 8th French Open title in 2013
Nadal celebrates his 8th French Open title in 2013

Making his 9th appearance at the claycourt Major in 2013, Nadal survived a break deficit in the fifth set before overwhelming Novak Djokovic in a pulsating last-4 clash to reach his 8th title match on the Parisian terre battue.

In an all-Spanish final against his good friend and compatriot David Ferrer, Nadal's straight-sets win made him the first player in the Open Era to win 8 Grand Slam titles at a tournament.

Six seasons later, Nadal would swell his title tally at the claycourt Major to a staggering 12.

#4 First player to win a Grand Slam title in 10 consecutive seasons

Nadal lifted his 9th French Open title in 2014
Nadal lifted his 9th French Open title in 2014

With his 9th triumph at the French Open in 2014, Nadal became the first player to win a Grand Slam title in 10 consecutive seasons.

The Spaniard won a title apiece from 2005-07, 2 in 2008, 1 in 2009, 3 in 2010, 1 in 2011, 1 in 2012, 2 in 2013 and 1 in 2014.

Nadal's record streak came to an end following his first season without a Grand Slam title in 2015, where he suffered quarterfinal exits at both the Australian Open and at the French Open, a second round exit at Wimbledon and a third round exit at the US Open.

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Published 28 Dec 2019, 20:51 IST
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