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4 men who won Wimbledon and French Open in the same year

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#3 Rafael Nadal, Spain

2018 French Open - Day Fifthteen
Nadal managed to repeat this in 2010 beating Soderling in the final at Roland Garros and before claiming his second Wimbledon title in three years

Rafael Nadal recently won his 11th French Open title to make it grand slam number 17 for the Spaniard. Widely regarded as the greatest clay court player of all time, Nadal has a more than impressive record of 86-2 at the French Open.

Only two men- Robin Soderling and Novak Djokovic have been able to defeat the Spaniard at Roland Garros.

Nadal's 11 French Open titles make him the most successful a player has been at a particular grand slam.

While Nadal's dominance on clay was more than evident it was at grass where he struggled at the start of his career, something understandable with the contrasting flow of the game on the grass with respect to clay.

Nadal had lost two successive finals to the legendary Swiss Roger Federer at All England Club before meeting him again in 2008.

He had won the French open that year beating the same opponent comprehensively in the final with a scoreline of 6–1, 6–3, 6–0. This remains Federer's most disappointing performance in a grand slam final.

But it was a different story this time in England with Nadal emerging victorious over his Swiss rival in a five-set thriller to win his first Wimbledon title. It was after 28 years a player had won Wimbledon and French Open in the same year. This made Nadal only the third man to do it.

Nadal managed to repeat this in 2010 beating Soderling in the final at Roland Garros and before claiming his second Wimbledon title in three years, defeating Tomas Berdych in the final.

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Edited by Alan John

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