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31 for 31: Rafa's Roland-Garros records

By Julien Pichené and Alex Sharp   on   Sunday 11 June 2017
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Roland-Garros is always a special place for Rafael Nadal, whose birthday falls within the French Open fortnight. This year a 31st birthday was toasted in Paris, ‘La Decima’ has become the cherry on top.

1. 10 singles titles

The same number as Björn Borg and Henri Cochet combined. He now has more Roland-Garros titles than any other man, surpassing Henri Cochet's nine crowns in singles, doubles and mixed doubles combined.

2. 168 hours and 11 minutes

The time Rafael Nadal has spent on court to secure his 10 trophies.

3. 10 finals

Nadal has contested 10 finals on Philippe-Chatrier court, four more than Bjorn Borg, who had been the record-holder since 1981.

4. 10 semi-finals played - and won

The Spaniard has featured in three more than Henri Cochet, whose record was beaten by Rafael Nadal in 2013.

5. Four tournaments, four triumphs 

Nadal claimed the title at each of his first four Roland-Garros tournaments, beating Bjorn Borg, who "only" won two of his first four tournaments, and Frank Parker, who played two times at Roland-Garros (1948, 1949) and won two times

6. 79 match wins

A fine return for the 13 tournaments he has played here. The Spaniard ranks ahead of Roger Federer, a distant second with 65 victories.

7. 61 matches played on Philippe-Chatrier Court

A record previously held by six-time winner German Steffi Graf on 56.

8. 59 matches won on Philippe-Chatrier Court

An all-time record across all eras.

9. 19 matches played on Suzanne-Lenglen Court

...where he remains undefeated.

10. 81 show-court matches 

Nadal is the only Roland-Garros champion never to have played a single match on an outside court.

Final Highlights: Nadal v Wawrinka
11. 19 when he won his first title

Nadal is the only player since Michael Chang in 1989 to have won the tournament before his 20th birthday. The day of his second win, on 11 June 2006, he was 20 years and 8 days old.

12. Seven wins on debut

He's the only player since Mats Wilander to have won the tournament the first time he entered: Nadal in 2005, Wilander in 1982.

13. 39 consecutive victories

Nadal's longest unbeaten streak came between 2010 and 2015. He broke the record of Bjorn Borg in 2009 when he reached 31 wins; the Swede had held the previous record with 28 consecutive matches won between 1978 and 1981.

14. 59 straight-sets victories

15 more than Roger Federer and 28 more than Bjorn Borg.

15. 97.53 per cent win rate

The best in the Open Era. Nadal leads Bjorn Borg, who comes in second with a 96.07% win rate at Roland-Garros.

16. 90.77 per cent set win rate

...from 81 matches at Roland-Garros. This is the best win rate among players having played at least 50 matches at Roland-Garros.

17. 236 sets won

And just a meagre 24 lost.

18. 56 opponents

Nadal has played 10 opponents multiple times: Novak Djokovic (7), Roger Federer (5), Nicolas Almagro (4), David Ferrer (4), Lleyton Hewitt (4),  Robin Soderling (4), Thomaz Bellucci (2), Ivan Ljubicic (2), Andy Murray (2), Stan Wawrinka (2).

19. 22 nations

Nadal has faced players from Europe, South America, North America, Oceania and Asia, including five Frenchmen.

20. 11 avoided straight-sets defeats

Only 11 different players have won sets against the Spaniard on the Roland-Garros red dirt.

Rafael Nadal: First and last point at Roland-Garros
21. 2359 games played (before final) 

Since his first French Open in 2005 Nadal has won 1560 games and lost 799

22. Two fifth sets 

Only 2.47% of Nadal's matches have gone to five sets, the lowest rate among players having played over 50 matches. Only Novak Djokovic and John Isner crossed swords with the Spaniard for 5 sets at Roland-Garros. They both lost.

23. 12 second-week runs 

The only player to have played at Roland-Garros at least 10 times and to never have lost (excluding a 2016 injury withdrawal) before the round of 16.

24. Five straight-sets runs to the final

Nadal is the only player to have made so many finals without ever dropping a set. In 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2017 the Spaniard won his first six matches without a blemish.

25. Three straight-sets triumphs

Bjorn Borg is the only other player to have won the title twice without losing a set (and Ilie Nastase once, in 1973). In 2008, 2010 and 2017, Nadal went 21 for 21.

26. Five finals in a row

Not even Borg can match Nadal's run of consecutive finals between 2010 and 2014.

27. Six wins over the world No.1 

Nadal has beaten a world No.1 player at Roland-Garros more times than any other player: Roger Federer four times from 2005 to 2008, and Novak Djokovic in 2012 and 2014. His only loss to a world No.1 at Roland-Garros came against Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals.

28. Three seasons as top seed 

Nadal is a former top-ranked player himself. As world No.1 he held a 17-1 record at the French Open, having been top of the rankings in Paris in 2009, 2011 and 2014.

29. 22 games dropped en route to the semis 

No player has lost fewer games en route to the semi-finals than Nadal. In 2008, the man from Mallorca lost just 25 games during his first five rounds. This year he dropped just 22 en route to the final four.

30. Two perfect clay-court sweeps

Nadal's 2006 and 2010 title runs at Roland-Garros capped unbeaten clay court campaigns. In 2006 he won back-to-back tournaments in Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and Roland-Garros. In 2010, he repeated this feat with Monte-Carlo, Madrid, Rome and Roland-Garros triumphs.

31. 272 candles

Nadal has celebrated his birthday at Roland-Garros 11 times, ever since turning 19 on his debut on June 3 2005 - the day he beat Roger Federer in the semi-finals. He has blown out 272 candles in all, having departed before his birthday in 2009 and 2016.

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