There are many reasons why Rafael Nadal is regarded as the best clay-court player in the history of tennis. Today’s unprecedented 10th title in Paris further cements his legacy.
To celebrate, Nike looks back at 10 of Rafa’s most memorable records and successes at the tournament.
This was his 13th time competing for the title in Paris
He first won in 2005, at the age of 19, which was also his first year playing in the tournament
He won all five men’s singles titles from 2010 to 2014 (the record)
He earned a 39-match winning streak between the first round in 2010 and the quarter-finals in 2015 (another record)
He holds the men’s singles record with 79 total match wins
He has only been beaten three times on clay in Paris
He remains undefeated in the finals
Rafa has played 56 matches on Centre Court, another men’s singles record
With 15 major titles, Rafa is the second most decorated men’s tennis player of all time — 10 of his 15 titles have been won in Paris
The inseam of his shorts has gone from 18 inches to four inches over the years of victory
To further honor Rafa’s latest record, Nike is releasing commemorative T-shirts and a limited number of pairs of NikeCourt Tennis Classic El Decimo shoes, available June 12 exclusively at Nike Paris Champs-Élysées.
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