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3 longest gaps between titles at the same ATP tournament

  • These players dominated the same tournament over a very large period of time.
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Modified 01 Mar 2020, 22:36 IST

#T3 Rafael Nadal - Rome: 14 years (2005 to 2019)

Nadal rejoices after winning his 9th Rome title in 2019
Nadal rejoices after winning his 9th Rome title in 2019

14 years after triumphing for the first time at the Rome Masters, Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic in a three-set final in 2019 to win his ninth title at the tournament.

In his 50th Masters final, the Spaniard won a record-extending 34th title and created a new record for the longest gap between Masters 1000 title triumphs by a player at the same tournament.

Nadal's other triumphs in the Italian capital came in 2006-07, 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2018.

#T3 Rafael Nadal - Roland Garros: 14 years (2005 to 2019)

Rafael Nadal won his 12th Roland Garros title in 2019
Rafael Nadal won his 12th Roland Garros title in 2019

Nadal broke his own record for most titles at a Grand Slam, or for that matter at any tournament, by beating Dominic Thiem in a four-set final in Paris last year. That gave him a staggering 12th title at Roland Garros.

The Spaniard became the first player in the Open Era to win five consecutive titles at the tournament when did so between 2010 and 2014. The last of those also marked a record-extending 10th consecutive year of winning at least one Major title.

Nadal beat Argentine Mariano Puerta in his first Roland Garros final in 2005, and beat a certain Roger Federer in four of his next 5 finals (2006-08, 2011) at the tournament.

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#T3 Rafael Nadal: Coupe Rogers - 14 years (2005 to 2019)

Rafael Nadal lifts his 5th Coupe Rogers title in 2019
Rafael Nadal lifts his 5th Coupe Rogers title in 2019

After winning his first nine career singles titles on clay, Nadal arrived at the 2005 Coupe Rogers looking to expand his horizons. The Spaniard would make it an occasion to remember, beating American legend Andre Agassi in the final to win his first hardcourt title.

Following further triumphs in 2008, 2013 and 2018, Nadal created more personal history at the 2019 edition of the tournament, beating first-time Masters 1000 finalist Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to win his fifth Coupe Rogers title. In the process, Nadal successfully defended a hardcourt title for the first time in his illustrious career.

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Published 01 Mar 2020, 22:36 IST
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