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These Are All the Dudes Rafael Nadal Whipped in The French Open

Say it ain’t so. But Rafael Nadal may be done playing at the Roland Garros, the French Open. His coach, Carlos Moya said, “We haven’t decided anything yet.” But we can bet on whether he will play or not. If he does, his French Open odds are not as short as you’d expect given he’s old and with one foot out of the sport.

Regardless, Nadal will go down as the greatest player on this stage as he’s set unbeatable records while whooping on a long list of legends. As an homage to the Spaniard, we count down all the great players he’s beaten at the RG.

These Are All the Dudes Rafael Nadal Whipped in The French Open
Rafael Nadal of Spain / Ciro De Luca / NurPhoto / NurPhoto via AFP

 

Nadal Versus Everybody: Who Has He Beaten?

Check this: Rafael Nadal has a record of 112-3 at the French Open. He owns 14 titles here, which is equal to or greater than all the majors every player has won outside of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. If we look at all the elite players he’s taken out, it only makes his achievement more ridiculous.

 

Roger Federer (6-0)

We say this with all due respect to Roger Federer, but he was Nadal’s whipping boy at the French Open. The man many consider as the greatest lost all six of his meetings against Nadal. This includes losing in straight sets in two of their last three matches.

Federer was the unchallenged king of tennis during the early parts of Nadal’s career as he quickly collected a dozen majors. But he could never win the Roland Garros thanks to Nadal. In 2009, Robin Soderling upset Nadal and Federer took this chance to capture his lone French Open title. If we were Federer, we’d have donated that winner’s check to Soderling.

 

Novak Djokovic (8-2)

Two of Nadal’s three French Open losses came against Novak Djokovic. After Federer, the Serbian took over men’s tennis as he captured a record 24 major titles. He’s also the only man to achieve the triple Career Grand Slam and the career Golden Masters. But Nadal also beat him eight out of 10 times at the RG.

Every time the two met in Paris, it was fireworks. Their 2013 semifinal meeting was considered the greatest match at the Roland Garros. In fact, Djokovic owes it to Nadal for pushing him to achieve new heights as he had to be perfect to win at the French Open.

 

David Ferrer (4-0)

Nadal’s countryman holds the distinction of having won the most ATP Tour matches without a major. Nevertheless, he won 27 titles and is ninth all-time (as of today) in career earnings. So he was no scrub… until he clashed with Nadal.

In four meetings with Nadal, David Ferrer lost all but one set against him, which came in the 2014 quarterfinals. To Ferrer’s credit, Nadal subsequently owned Andy Murray and then Djokovic to capture his ninth title.

 

Andy Murray (2-0)

Many may not know this, but Murray was at one point considered to be on the level of Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer. He won three majors and a pair of Olympic gold medals in a Hall of Fame-worthy career. But he was no match for Nadal in the French Open as he failed to win a single set against him.

 

Stan Wawrinka (2-0)

While Federer went on the decline, his compatriot ascended and took over as the world’s best Swiss player. He captured three major titles and was one of the best players on clay, capturing the 2015 French Open title. However, Stan Wawrinka accomplished that thanks to Djokovic beating Nadal. Otherwise, Nadal routed him in their two meetings, which included the 2017 final. The tennis odds were never in his favor.

 

 

Questions of the Day

Will Rafael Nadal play in the 2024 French Open?


It is still unclear if Rafael Nadal will play in the 2024 French Open. Stay updated by listening to tennis news and updates.

What are Rafael Nadal’s odds of winning the Roland Garros?


At odds of +600, Nadal has the fourth-best chance of winning the French Open. Carlos Alcaraz is the favorite at +160.

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