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.
#3 First player to win 8 Grand Slam titles at a tournament
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
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.Published 28 Dec 2019, 20:51 IST