World No. 2 Rafael Nadal is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, and has won a number of titles across the globe. In fact, the Spaniard has lifted so many trophies in his career, especially on clay, that he has seemingly lost count.
In a unique quiz about his career organized by the ATP, Rafael Nadal was left stumped by a question asking how many claycourt titles he has won. The 20-time Grand Slam champion gave wrong answers to multiple queries related to his championship triumphs.
That said, Rafael Nadal did recall the various firsts of his professional tennis career accurately.
The quiz host Josh Denzel first asked the Mallorca-based player about his ATP Tour debut, his maiden tournament final, his first title win and his first clash with Roger Federer. Except for the year when he qualified for his first final (in Auckland), Rafael Nadal answered all those questions accurately.
The 2020 French Open winner had made it to the Auckland tournament final in 2004, but answered 2003 in the quiz.
Next, Nadal was asked about his total singles titles on tour. The Spaniard estimated the number to be 87, but in reality he is still on 86.
Perhaps most surprisingly though, the former World No.1 had no clue about his doubles titles or his claycourt haul.
"Ohh! No idea. I'm so sorry," Rafael Nadal said in response to the question regarding his clay-court triumphs. The host informed him that 60 of his 86 singles titles were on clay.
In the last section of the quiz, Rafael Nadal was interrogated about his first Grand Slam final. The 34-year-old got part of the scoreline of his 2005 French Open win over Mariano Puerta right.
Surprisingly, Nadal also knew the exact number of matches (56) he has played against Novak Djokovic on tour.
Can Rafael Nadal win his 87th singles title in London this week?
After an unsuccessful attempt to end his Paris Masters drought, Rafael Nadal is currently competing in the ATP Finals in London.
It is pertinent to note that the Spanish tennis legend has won 86 titles in his career, but he has not been crowned champion even once at the season-ending event.
Nadal would be keen to seize his maiden ATP Finals title before the tournament moves to Turin next year. The two-time finalist defeated Andrey Rublev in straight sets to kick off his campaign this year, and is currently battling Dominic Thiem in the O2 Arena.Published 17 Nov 2020, 21:56 IST