To have your name engraved on a major ATP tennis trophy 10 times was unheard of until Rafael Nadal did it at this year’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Open. The win also saw him surpass Guillermo Vilas’ record with a 50th clay court title.
Then when a week later, he repeated the same 10 times championship feat on home soil at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, it was phenomenal. In spite of failing to capture a 6th Rome title, he has the chance to take his 3rd 10th title at Roland Garros in a couple of weeks. Admittedly a far more challenging feat.
Grand Slams are where the real champions come up with something extra special to win.
In addition to the Top 5 players that could have a chance to knock him out, the NextGen players are also heralding their arrival. Dominic Thiem who lost to Rafa in the Barcelona final (after eliminating World No. 1 Andy Murray) went on to beat him in Rome. German sensation Alexander (Sascha) Zverev upset World No. 2 Novak Djokovic to capture the Rome title (and in the process became the first player born after 1995 to win an ATP1000 title).