Tennis player Rafael Nadal is considered to be one of the best athletes in sporting history and, alongside Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, is considered the best tennis player in history. The peculiarity of him mainly concerns his great victories on clay with the Iberian tennis player, who has won 62 titles on clay and thanks to which he is considered as the “king of sand”.
Rafael Nadal is almost unanimously considered the strongest tennis player in clay. Over the course of his career, he has won 20 Grand Slam titles, the Olympic gold medal in singles in 2008 and in doubles in 2016, 5 Davis Cups with the Spanish team, 36 Masters 1000 and an incredible series of breathtaking records.
Rafa was number one for a total of 209 weeks and is the only player who has never fallen out of the top 10 of the leaderboard. Nadal is the only player in history to have won the same tournament 13 times, an even more important record considering it’s Roland Garros.
In Paris, Nadal has legendary numbers as he has a record of 105 wins and only 3 losses. With exciting new chapters and a young generation that has a new deep dominance on the field, exciting fights are on the horizon.
However, fans will also miss out on some of his favorite players who won’t be playing in Tokyo, including Rafael Nadal. At the beginning of the year, Rafael Nadal decided not to participate in the 2021 Wimbledon Championships or the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Carlos Alcaraz talks about Rafael Nadal
Teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz won his first ATP title on Sunday, defeating Richard Gasquet to win the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. And after the match, the 18-year-old spoke extensively with ATP and answered a few questions about the Big 3 and his future goals in tennis.
“I try not to think about it (the comparisons with Rafael Nadal),” said Alcaraz. “I always say the same thing – I focus on mine [Weg]. I’m still learning, still growing up, still friendly to everyone, and still focused on mine [Weg].
Carlos Alcaraz went on to reveal that his original goal for 2021 was to get into the top 50, which he is very close now that he has hit number 55 with his Umag title. The Spaniard also expressed the desire to one day reach the top spot in men’s tennis.
“My goal for this year was to be in the top 50,” said Alcaraz. “I think now I am [nah]so if I hit that goal, I’ll set another end-of-season goal. My biggest goal is to be number 1 in the world and I work hard for that. ”