Rafa’s 16…..and counting…..!

Grand Slam #1 – Roland Garros 2005. The Boy Wonder starts his dominance on clay with his first Roland Garros victory on 2005.
Grand Slam #2 – Roland Garros 2006. This second Grand Slam on the same tournament, made him a force to reckon with. Defeats Roger Federer in this victory.
Grand Slam #3 – Roland Garros 2007. The 3rd Consecutive victory again on the same red-dirt surface defeating the same rival Roger Federer. Thus, denying Federer , a Career Grand Slam.
Grand Slam #4 – Roland Garros 2008. 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.
Grand Slam #5 – Roland Garros 2008. 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.
Grand Slam #6 -Australian Open 2009. 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.
Grand Slam #7 – Roland Garros 2010. 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.
Grand Slam #8 -Wimbledon 2010. 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.
Grand Slam #9 -US Open 2010. ‘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.
Grand Slam #10 – Roland Garros 2011. 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.
Grand Slam #11 – Roland Garros 2012. Surpasses Borg’s record of SIX Roland Garros titles. Defeats Novak in a rain-affected match. Wins his 11th Major title.
Grand Slam #12 – Roland Garros 2013. 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. No ?
2013 US Open - Day 15
Grand Slam #13: US Open 2013. 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.
Grand Slam #14: Roland Garros 2014. 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.

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Grand Slam #15: French Open 2017. Rafael Nadal won his 10th French Open title and 15th Grand Slam singles title, defeating Stan Wawrinka in the final, 6–2, 6–3, 6–1.[1] Nadal is the only man ever to win 10 singles titles at the same Grand Slam event. He also won this event without losing a set for the third time, thereby tying Björn Borg for the overall men’s Grand Slam record. (Wikipedia)
Grand Slam #16: US Open 2017. Rafael Nadal won his 16th Grand Slam title and 3rd US Open title, defeating first time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson, 6–3, 6–3, 6–4.[2] Nadal retained the ATP No. 1 singles ranking after Roger Federer lost in the quarterfinals. It was also Nadal’s first hard court title since January 2014. (Wikipedia)

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