The Boy Wonder starts his dominance on clay with his first Roland Garros victory on 2005.
This second Grand Slam on the same tournament, made him a force to reckon with. Defeats Roger Federer in this victory.
The 3rd Consecutive victory again on the same red-dirt surface defeating the same rival Roger Federer. Thus, denying Federer , a Career Grand Slam.
The 4th Consecutive victory on Roland Garros, equaling Borg’s record on the surface. This was Roger Federer’s worst defeat handed by Nadal. The victory was sealed by a BAGEL.
The Rise to No.1 happened with this victory against the FedEX. The dominance of Federer on Wimbledon was halted, thus denying him a 6th consecutive Wimbledon title. The tag ‘Clay court-player only’ started to deteriorate.
Defeats FedEx again in Australia and also making him move to tears. A warmth hug from Nadal to Federer in the post-match conference, clearly indicated the rapport and respect these two players had for each other. A classical example of sportsmanship was exhibited here. The term ‘FEDAL’ was coined after this incident.
Following the defeat in Roland Garros 2009, Nadal’s dominance on clay was questioned and critics never favored him to win this title. The ‘RESURGENCE’ victory, against Soderling (who defeated Nadal in 2009) made Nadal worthy of the tag, ‘The King of Clay’. His dominance on clay has never been questioned after this victory.
Another Wimbledon victory, after a gap of one year. Nadal skipped the 2009 Wimbledon citing reasons of knee injury. This was Nadal’s 2nd consecutive Wimbledon victory. The opponent was Tomas Berdych, who defeated Federer in the semi-finals.
‘The Man for all surfaces’. Meets Novak in the finals of US Open 2010. Wins in a 4-set match. Becomes the youngest Career Grand Slam winner in The Open Era history.
Another Roland Garros victory. The opponent was FedEx. Nadal started with a 5-set victory over John Isner in the first round. His performance in this tournament was not exemplary, but he managed to extend his Rolans Garros Streak.
Surpasses Borg’s record of SIX Roland Garros titles. Defeats Novak in a rain-affected match. Wins his 11th Major title.
The 8th Wonder. Roland Garros Champion 8-times. After a victory in a close match against Novak in the semi-finals, Nadal had no problem in defeating David Ferrer in straight sets. Becomes the first man to win 8 titles in a Grand Slam Tournament. Added to it, he surpassed Borg, Sampras and Federer, by winning atleast 1 Grand Slam title for nine consecutive years. A Good record, isn’t ?
Rafael Nadal won the title, defeating Novak in the final, 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1. Both Djokovic and Nadal were in contention for the No. 1 Ranking at the start of the tournament. Djokovic retained the top ranking by reaching the final.
Rafa’s 14th Grand Slam equaling the record with Pete Sampras. This makes him the winner of nine French Open Title and also winning five consecutive Roland Garros Title, both being Open-Era records. Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic, thus once again denying him his Career Grand Slam.