More than a third, 107, have achieved them at Roland Garros, where they have only lost three times and where they seek to win the tournament for the fourteenth time, for a total of 22 majors.
Nadal has 25 fewer victories in the big four than the Serbian Novak Djokovic and is 69 behind the Swiss Roger Federer, who leads that classification, although both have one less Grand Slam than the Spaniard.
“I played a good game against a very talented opponent. Every day has been hard for me in recent weeks, they have been difficult days. Injuries have not allowed me to have rhythm and each victory is important to get my rhythm back”, assured the Spanish.
In the night session, on a cool evening in Paris, Nadal was solid in his game, He entered the center court like a whirlwind, but his level dropped after scoring the second set, which gave wings to the Frenchman, left-handed like him, 23 years old, partly trained in the Spanish academy in Mallorca and who has Nadal as idol.
So he broke the incoming kick, although Nadal soon came back, who with the prospect of victory let his serve escape again when serving to win.
But the desire to close the duel in three sets led him to speed up and, in the next game, with the Frenchman’s serve, he closed the duel.
His next rival will be el holandés Botic of the Sand Scallop, seeded 26, 26 years old and 29 in the world, a rising star who this year has scored the Munich tournament and last reached the quarterfinals of the US Open.