The great three-guy race for Grand Slam titles that tennis has been embroiled in over the past decade got a new feel of reality on Sunday night in New York, wherein Rafael Nadal, 33, raised his positive fingers for the 19th time at one of the 4 majors.
Now simply one shy of Federer’s mark of 20, Nadal’s music document in the remaining 3 years, his age, and his near invincibility on clay, advise that the Spaniard has the inside music on becoming the winningest Grand Slam champion in records. Though Novak Djokovic, 32, sitting on 16 Grand Slam titles and in blistering shape, remains the largest threat.
But before we reflect at the Spaniard’s numbers, a look back at how a long way he has come inside the closing three hundred and sixty-five days. Nadal lost most of the second half of 2018 fighting accidents. He pulled out of eleven off 12 hardcourt tournaments among August 2018 and February 2019 due to knee damage and an ankle surgical operation. That was followed by way of a hip injury, which again pressured him out of the Indian Wells and Miami Masters in March.
When he misplaced to Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo this April, after which pulled out of Barcelona the following week, he stated he became being pressured to recall quitting tennis for a while. But in Paris in May, lower back on his favorite floor clay, in his favorite match at Roland Garros, matters changed all of a surprising. Nadal received the French Open–his 0.33 in three years and twelfth in the remaining 15—and though he lost inside the semi-final to Federer at Wimbledon (Djokovic gained it in an epic final), came again to stamp his authority at Flushing Meadows for the second one time in 3 years.
Nadal’s win-loss record in his remaining 5 events is now 27-1, with titles on the Rome Masters, the French Open, the Montreal what, and the USA Open. In the remaining three years, despite the accidents, Nadal has won 5 of the 12 Grand Slams. His appearances in line with name ratio of two.4 over this era are notably better than his career average of 3.1.
Federer performed 10 Grand Slams and won 3 among 2017 and 2019–however has been winless since the 2018 Australian Open, or in his remaining six. Djokovic has received 4 Grand Slams in eleven appearances considering that the beginning of 2017.