Rafael Nadal has earned the tag of being the ‘King of Clay’ because of his dominance on the red-clay over the past decade and a half. The Spaniard captured his 13th French Open title last year, and will begin his quest for a 14th title in Paris in a few days.
Rafael Nadal has won an astonishing number of titles on clay courts. The Spaniard has managed to win 60 titles on the red dirt so far, and going by his continued domination the surface, the number is only going to keep moving northwards.
Several tennis greats have found it difficult to win titles on clay, and the surface has been touted as the most challenging of all surfaces. Novak Djokovic has won 15 titles, whereas, Roger Federer has managed to win just 11 titles on clay courts, which speaks volumes about Rafael Nadal’s domination.
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As stated earlier, Rafael Nadal has claimed 60 titles on clay-court surfaces. The Spaniard has entered double figures at French Open, Monte Carlo, Italian Open and Barcelona Open. Recently, the 34-year old claimed his 10th title in Rome, after defeating Novak Djokovic in a thrilling three set final.
The Spaniard has claimed the Barcelona Open title on 12 occasions, with the latest one coming just a month ago. He defeated the Greek, Stefanos Tsitsipas in another three set battle, that lasted well over three hours. Rafael Nadal has also dominated at the Monte Carlo Masters, winning the title on 11 occasions. However, this year, he was defeated in the quarterfinals by Andrey Rublev.
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Rafael Nadal has also won 13 French Open titles in his illustrious career, and is simply unstoppable in Paris. He has a win-loss record of 100-2 at French Open over the years. He has also claimed five Madrid Open titles, with the last one coming in 2017. This year, he was defeated in the quarterfinals by Alexander Zverev in straight sets.