The King and his outrageous numbers
Not only has Nadal won through to the second week without the loss of a single set, he hasn’t dropped a set in Paris since the 2019 final against Dominic Thiem.
The four-time defending Roland-Garros champion stretched his streak of consecutive sets won to 32 against Norrie.
Remarkably, Nadal has only needed a tiebreaker three times to win those 32 sets, and he has only dropped five games in a set on two other occasions. In 14 of the 32 sets, he has dropped two games or less.
The Mallorcan has now won 33 consecutive matches at Roland-Garros, a streak that dates back to his loss to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals.
Nadal's current streak is six wins shy of his longest streak of 39 on Parisian clay, which lasted from 2010 through his quarter-final loss to Djokovic in 2015.
Not only is Nadal the only man to win more than 30 consecutive matches at Roland-Garros, he has achieved the feat three times now in his career. He also won 31 straight matches at Roland-Garros from 2005 through his round of 16 loss to Robin Soderling in 2009.