All you need to know about Rafael Nadal and his Barcelona Open wins and records

Rafael Nadal has won the ATP Barcelona Open an unprecedented eleven times, and has the enviable honor of having the Centre-court being named after him.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is the undisputed King of Clay, and that is because of his dominance over multiple tournaments across the surface. We all know that he has won the French Open thirteen times, but there are other tournaments on clay that he has had a monopoly on as well. Nadal has won the Barcelona Open eleven times, the Monte Carlo Masters eleven times, the Rome Open nine times, the Madrid Open five times and the Acapulco three times. 

Here is a list of Rafael Nadal’s major trophy wins on clay and the details: 

TournamentYear(s)Record accomplishedPlayers tied
Monte Carlo Masters2005–2012, 2016–201811 titlesStands alone
2005–20128 consecutive titlesStands alone
2007-08, 2010, 2012, 20185 titles without dropping a setStands alone
2005–20139 consecutive finalsStands alone
2005–2013, 2016–201812 finals overallStands alone
2005–201346 Match win streakStands alone
Italian Open (Rome)2005–2007, 2009–2010, 2012–2013, 2018, 20199 titlesStands alone
2005–2007, 2009–2014, 2018, 201911 finals overallStands alone
2009–20146 consecutive finalsStands alone
2005–20073 consecutive titlesStands alone
Madrid Open2005 (hard), 2010, 2013–2014, 20175 titlesStands alone
2013–20142 consecutive titlesStands alone
2005 (indoor hard), 2009–11, 2013–15, 20178 finals overallStands alone
2009–2011 & 2013–20153 consecutive finalsStands alone
Barcelona Open2005–2009, 2011–2013, 2016–201811 titlesStands alone
11 finalsStands alone
Undefeated in eleven finals (11-0)Stands alone
3 three-peatsStands alone
2005-20095 consecutive titlesStands alone
2005, 2007, 2009, 2011-13, 2016-189 titles without dropping a setStands alone
Acapulco Open2005, 2013, 2017, 20203 titles without dropping a setStands alone
14 consecutive match winsStands alone
28 consecutive sets wonStands alone

Rafael Nadal in the ATP 500 Barcelona Open  

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Held just before the French Open, the Barcelona Open is a major event in the sporting calendar of Barcelona. Rafael Nadal, who first competed at the Barcelona Open as a 16-year-old in 2003, has made the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona a second home, winning 11 titles across 15 appearances. Nadal has lost just one set in posting a staggering 11-0 record in Barcelona finals. Three years ago, the center court was renamed in the Spaniard’s honor as ‘Pista Rafa Nadal‘. No player has won an ATP 500-level tournament on more occasions.

Barcelona Open winners since Nadal’s first trophy win :

2005Spain Rafael NadalSpain Juan Carlos Ferrero6–1, 7–6(7–4), 6–3
2006Spain Rafael Nadal (2)Spain Tommy Robredo6–4, 6–4, 6–0
2007Spain Rafael Nadal (3)Argentina Guillermo Cañas6–3, 6–4
2008Spain Rafael Nadal (4)Spain David Ferrer6–1, 4–6, 6–1
2009Spain Rafael Nadal (5)Spain David Ferrer6–2, 7–5
2010Spain Fernando VerdascoSweden Robin Söderling6–3, 4–6, 6–3
2011Spain Rafael Nadal (6)Spain David Ferrer6–2, 6–4
2012Spain Rafael Nadal (7)Spain David Ferrer7–6(7–1), 7–5
2013Spain Rafael Nadal (8)Spain Nicolás Almagro6–4, 6–3
2014Japan Kei NishikoriColombia Santiago Giraldo6–2, 6–2
2015Japan Kei Nishikori (2)Spain Pablo Andújar6–4, 6–4
2016Spain Rafael Nadal (9)Japan Kei Nishikori6–4, 7–5
2017Spain Rafael Nadal (10)Austria Dominic Thiem6–4, 6–1
2018Spain Rafael Nadal (11)Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas6–2, 6–1
2019Austria Dominic ThiemRussia Daniil Medvedev6–4, 6–0
2020Not held due to the coronavirus pandemic

Nadal first won the event way back in 2005. Back in that Final in 2005, he had defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero in three sets, 6-1 7-6 6-3. Nadal continued to dominate the field and kept winning. His last title, his eleventh one, came in 2018. He beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Final, 6-2 6-1.

In 2019, Nadal got beaten in the Semi-Finals of the Open by Dominic Thiem, the eventual winner. In 2020 the tournament got cancelled due to Covid. This year, Rafael Nadal has come looking for his twelfth title, and adding more wins to his already mighty impressive 61-4 win -loss record. After a first round bye, Rafael Nadal will take on Ilya Ivashka in the second round of the Open.

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