Rafa on clay – statastic

(Photo via EFE)

(Photo via EFE)

Tennis.com has compiled some “Rafa on clay” stats – and they are amazing.

165-14 Nadal’s career record on clay (a winning percentage of 92.1)

139-4 Nadal’s record on clay since 2005, a 97.2 winning percentage

97.2%? That’s just sick!

81 Number of consecutive clay-court matches Nadal won from April 2005 to May 2007, an all-time record

– The next longest winning streak is 53 matches, set by Guillermo Vilas.
– Nadal’s streak was ended by Roger Federer in the 2007 Hamburg final. It’s the only time that Nadal has lost a clay-court final.
– Since then, Nadal has won 44 of his 45 clay-court matches. In total, Nadal has lost two of his last 127 matches on clay.

23 Number of clay-court titles Nadal has won

– Acapulco (2005)
– Barcelona (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
– Bastad (2005)
– Costa do Sauipe (2005)
Roland Garros (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)—four of his six career Grand Slam titles
– Hamburg (2008)
Monte Carlo (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)—a record number of consecutive titles
– Rome (2005, 2006, 2007)
– Sopot (2004)
– Stuttgart (2005, 2007)

Only three players in the Top 25 have beaten Nadal on clay: Roger Federer, David Ferrer and Fernando Gonzalez.

Only two players in the Top 25 have a winning record against Nadal: David Nalbandian and James Blake; neither has played the Spaniard on clay.

Again – I don’t know what to say about these kind of stats other than – holy crap.

The pressure on him to continue this must be amazing. Not that he’d ever admit it, but still. No matter what happens this clay season, he’s already going down in history for this kind of clay court performance.

More stats and details in the full article.

4 Responses

  1. johanne says:

    Those stats are RIDICULOUS! Wow. VAMOS RAFA!!

    miri, did you see these couple of quotes from Rafa this week (on Barca website)? I’m sure the media hounds him even more than we’re ever made aware of re: his unbeliveable achievements/records and what not, so the pressure is undoubtedly there, but Rafa has such a good head on his shoulders. Let’s hope he keeps taking it one match at a time :)

    “On clay in recent years I have achieved results beyond my dreams. I had never imagined anything like this, and for me every match is equal or more difficult than the last. Although people don’t rate my results unless I win, for me reaching the semi finals of a big tournament is a great achievement and this makes me approach every match with the maximum enthusiasm.”

    “When I step on the court it’s either to win or lose, and I’m ready for either outcome. Tennis is a sport of losses as well as wins – only one person ends the week without losing. I know that one day I will lose and I have to accept it.”

    • miri says:

      Yeah – nice quotes from him. All that stuff is easy to say, but extremely difficult to internalize. He seems to manage it though and I honestly think that’s part of what makes him such a strong player.

  2. tiemyshoe says:

    God, his record is truly sick. The most impressive thing is that it’s easy to let off once you break a record like Rafa broke Villas’s, but the fact that he kept going afterward for so long is insane.

  3. faecoleman says:

    Yeah I read that, really impressive, Nadal finds it unbelievable too, I think now his no.1 he feels more pressure to repeat it, but I pray, just being his most comfortable surface that he will find his best form again. But like you say he already has a hell of a record to be proud of and very hard to beat. Vamos Rafa!!