Rafael Nadal takes Major record from Novak Djokovic

Since the start of the Open era, almost every notable player has managed to play in two Major finals within a single season during their best years on the Tour. Seven players have gone even further, and they are the proud owners of at least five seasons with multiple Major finals, which will be hard to repeat in the future.

Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras have collected five years with at least two Major finals, and Ivan Lendl stands in front of them with six. Those were the best players before the ‘Big 3’ members smashed those charts and created a new one.

Roger Federer made a furious start in 2004, and he has nine seasons with at least two Major finals. Rafael Nadal became the first player with ten different seasons with two Major title clashes, and Novak Djokovic joined him at the top following his brilliant run in 2021.

Nadal has been a player to beat at Majors this season, conquering the Australian Open and Roland Garros to set many records. Rafa is the first player with two Major finals in 11 different seasons, achieving it a couple of days after turning 36 and with numerous issues with his left foot.

Nadal skipped the second part of the previous season, staying away from Major finals in 2021 and making a fresh start at the beginning of the new year. Rafa advanced into the sixth Australian Open title clash and stood on the verge of the fifth consecutive defeat.

Daniil Medvedev led 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0 against the Spaniard before Rafa produced one of his most remarkable comebacks in a career to seal the deal in five hours and 24 minutes.

 

Rafael Nadal is the first player with multiple Major finals in 11 seasons.

Nadal reached his 14th Roland Garros final from 18 trips to Paris to achieve the record and move in front of Novak Djokovic.

The Spaniard had to take an injection ahead of every match, and he survived three tough encounters to find himself in the title clash. Rafa overpowered Felix Auger-Aliassime, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev to set the clash against Casper Ruud.

 

The Norwegian stood no chance in his first Major final, and the Spaniard beat him 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in two hours and 18 minutes for the 22nd Major crown. Nadal is giving his best to prepare for Wimbledon and chase the first final at the All England Club since 2011.

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