Rafael Nadal’s 2021 season started in Melbourne, where Laslo Djere, Michael Mmoh, Cameron Norrie and Fabio Fognini beat the Australian Open Championship before losing in the quarters to young Stefanos Tsitsipas, after leading two sets to zero.
Upon reaching Monte Carlo, the Spaniard defeated Federico Delbonis and Grigor Dimitrov to secure a place in the quarter-finals, in a challenge with the dangerous Andrei Rublev from Russia (Nadal lost). With his latest result in the prestigious Monte Carlo Masters 1000, Rafa has come dangerously close to the record of Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors.
Former world number one Nadal in Spain is the most successful tennis player in the Monte Carlo tournament: he has won eleven times here, between 2005 and 2012 and from 2016 to 2018. He also reached the final in 2013, defeated by Serbian Novak Djokovic with a score of 6-2 and 7-6.
Thanks to his success in the match against Dimitrov, Nadal has moved closer to a record held by Federer and American legend Connors – this is the highest number of quarterfinals ever played at the same ATP event. Rafa, in Monte Carlo, has done it sixteen times: Federer and Connors have done it seventeen, Switzerland in Halle, Wimbledon and Basel; the American in the US Open Championship.
Roger also holds the record for success in his three rounds of the Tour, which he won from 2003 to 2019. For Connors, he won the American at Flushing Meadows five times: in 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982 and 1983. He spoke Rafael Nadal recently had an English day ahead of his participation in the Barcelona Open Championship.
The Spaniard discussed various topics during the interaction, ranging from possibly the Next Gen taking over to the significance of the record to most Grand Slams in tennis.
Rafael Nadal on the Big 3
“Lots of players, young, with power, potential – let’s see what happens in the next few years,” said Rafael Nadal.
“The player who can improve the most will be the player who has better chances for better success.” The trio of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer share a mammoth 58 Majors between them.
While their success may seem difficult to emulate, Nadal shot fans a warning as to how a young player could also leave the Big 3 account left in the future. “That puts that into perspective about what we’ve done in the last 15-20 years, it’s kind of hard to equalize,” Nadal said.
“But everyone thought the same thing about Pete and we did it better. And now, there’s probably someone in the future who’s going to make it better than us even if it’s not easy. ”