Rafael Nadal captured his 17th career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title Sunday in Rome, tying Andre Agassi’s record which he held since 2004. Nadal accomplished the feat in his 52nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in a span of less than eight years while the American needed 84 tournaments to reach that mark in 14 years.
You read that right, it took him six fewer years and 32 fewer tournaments than it took Agassi. Amaze.
Nadal is the only player to reach nine different tournament finals. Of the current nine tournaments the only final he has not reached is Cincinnati where he has a 9-6 match record. His most successful tournaments have come in Monte-Carlo and Rome where he’s won 11 titles and compiled a 61-2 match record. Overall, he’s won six different ATP Masters 1000 tournaments.
Geee…only one to reach 9 different finals? You mean there are 9 different 1000 Masters events on clay? Surely a clay court specialist wouldn’t be reaching non-clay finals. *ahem*
All-Time Match Wins Leaders (since 1990)
While Agassi is the all-time leader with 209 match wins, Nadal owns the best match winning percentage (.833). Since capturing his first ATP Masters 1000 title in 2005, Nadal has an outstanding winning percentage of .860 from 2005-’10.
Nor would a “clay court specialist” have the best winning percentage across all surfraces.
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