Ten of the Best for the King of Clay
OUR JUNE SUPERSTAR IS RAFAEL NADAL.
Rafael Nadal stands alone in the open era, as the first person to win a grand slam tennis event, ten times!
In the most dominant performance at the tournament he’s owned for the last 12 years, Nadal won “La Decima” — his 10th French Open title — by routing three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in a match that was somehow less competitive than the lopsided scoreboard suggests. No other player in history has ever won a single Grand Slam more than seven times and only Nadal can boast of having earned double-digit titles at any tournament, no matter the size and field of competition.
Nadal lost just 35 games at the tournament, the second-fewest that any player has dropped in any Grand Slam in history. (Bjorn Borg only lost 32 en route to the 1978 title. Nadal’s previous best was the 41 he dropped in his then-peak 2008 run.) His serve was broken just six times. He becomes the third player to ever win a Slam in his teens, 20s and 30s. Most importantly, it’s Nadal’s first Slam win in three years, ending an odyssey of injury, self-doubt and setbacks. He now has 15 majors, moving past Pete Sampras for the second-most in history and leaving him three behind his rival, Roger Federer, for the all-time lead.