Spanish legend Rafael Nadal registered a comfortable straight sets victory over Briton Cameron Norrie in the Third Round of the 2021 French Open and in doing so, he has smashed one of Friend and Foe, Roger Federer‘s elite record.
Nadal got the better of Norrie in straight sets 6-3,6-3,6-3 and notched up his 33rd consecutive victory on the Parisian Clay. With this victory, he has 103 victories at Roland Garros and now holds the record for most match wins at a single grand slam.
The record was previously held by Federer, with 102 wins at the Australian Open and 101 wins at Wimbledon. Nadal has an astonishing 98% win record at Roland Garros, winning 103 times and losing just twice. He is also chasing a 14th Roland Garros title and record-setting 21st Grand Slam.
Only Martina Navratilova, who has won 120 matches at Wimbledon for the all-time record, and Serena Williams (106 at US Open) are ahead of Rafael Nadal. Chris Evert with 101 wins at US Open is the other centurion.
|Rafael Nadal||103||French Open|
|Roger Federer||102||Australian Open|
|Jimmy Connors||98||US Open|
|Roger Federer||89||US Open|
Where does Nadal stand in the other Grand Slam records?
Rafael Nadal has been the most dominant force at the French Open. He has won lifted the Coupe des Mousquetaires 13 times and is the favorite to lift it this year too. He is currently tied with Roger Federer at 20 Grand Slams and if he manages to win the French Open this time, he will surpass him and take the all-time lead.
Nadal beat Norrie on Saturday to reach make into the Round of 16 for the 16th time in Paris. This will also be his 50th Fourth Round appearance.
|Player||Fourth Round Appearances at Majors|
Nadal will be up against Italian teen sensation Jannik Sinner in the Fourth Round on Sunday. The Spaniard holds an unbeaten 2-0 H2H against Sinner, both on Clay.