Those who achieved the impossible: beat Rafael Nadal in brick dust


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Those who achieved the impossible: beat Rafael Nadal in brick dust

In Mallorca 2002, at the age of 15, Rafael Nadal lost in straight sets to Olivier Rochus. It would be the first of just 40 defeats for the manacorí, who against Diego Schwartzman added another fall in brick dust.

Twelve of those defeats were before their 20th birthday: on that journey, there were three victories for Gastón Gaudio, one for Coria, Lapentti, Feña González and Carlos Moyá himself, Rafa’s current coach. Igor Andreev defeated him in Valencia 2005 and then came the long streak: 81 consecutive victories.

In 2007, Rafa would lose again on his favorite surface: against Roger Federer, in the final in Hamburg. Just two defeats against the Swiss in brick dust has the Manacorí.

Perhaps the most remembered was against Soderling at Roland Garros 2009, after winning the Musketeers tournament four times in a row.

His black beast in dust is Novak Djokovic: the Serbian won him seven games (four finals), more than any other. In any case, the history on clay is widely favorable to Rafa: 17-7.

Dominic Thiem achieved four wins (and six losses) against Nadal on brick dust and threatens to be Rafa’s heir on clay: he was the finalist of the last two RGs.

Finally, Diego Schwartzman appears, who eliminated Rafa in the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 in Rome. The Argentine accumulated nine consecutive defeats against the Spanish on this surface, so he managed to reverse it and keep his first win against Nadal in brick dust.


All Nadal defeats in brick dust: 2002-2020

N ° Year Rival Tournament Result Instance
1 2002 Mallorca Olivier Rochus 6-2 6-2 Round of 16
2 2003 Monte-Carlo Guillermo Coria 7-6 (3) 6-2 Round of 16
3 2003 Barcelona Álex Corretja 3-6 6-2 6-1 Second round
4 2003 Hamburg Gastón Gaudio 6-2 6-2 Round of 16
5 2003 Bastad Nicolas Lapentti 3-6 6-3 7-6 (6) Quarter-finals
6 2003 Stuttgart Fernando González 6-2 3-6 6-2 Second round
7 2003 Umag Carlos Moyá 6-4 6-4 Semifinal
8 2004 Bastad Gastón Gaudio 6-2 6-3 Quarterfinals
9 2004 Stuttgart David Ferrer 6-3 6-7 (3) 7-5 Quarter-finals
10 2004 Palermo Olivier Mutis 6-3 6-3 Second round
November 2005 Buenos Aires Gastón Gaudio 0-6 6-0 6-1 Quarterfinals
12 2005 Valencia Igor Andreev 7-5 6-2 Quarter-finals
13 2007 Hamburg Roger Federer 2-6 6-2 6-0 Final
14 2008 Roma Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5 6-1 Second round
15 2009 Madrid Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 Final
16 2009 Roland Garros Robin Soderling 6-2 6-7 (2) 6-4 7-6 (2) Round of 16
17 2011 Madrid Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4 Final
18 2011 Roma Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4 Final
19 2013 Monte-Carlo Novak Djokovic 6-2 7-6 (1) Final
20 2012 Madrid Fernando Verdasco 6-3 3-6 7-5 Round of 16
21 2013 Viña del Mar Horacio Zeballos 6-7 (2) 7-6 (6) 6-4 Final
22 2014 Monte-Carlo David Ferrer 7-6 (1) 6-4 Quarter-finals
23 2014 Barcelona Nicolás Almagro 2-6 7-6 (5) 6-4 Quarter-finals
24 2014 Roma Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-3 Final
25 2015 Rio de Janeiro Fabio Fognini 1-6 6-2 7-5 Semifinal
26 2015 Monte- Carlo Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-3 Semifinal
27 2015 Barcelona Fabio Fognini 64 76 (6) Round of 16
28 2015 Madrid Andy Murray 6-3 6-2 Final
29 2015 Roma Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (7) 6-2 Quarter-finals
30 2015 Roland Garros Novak Djokovic 7-6-3 6-1 Quarter-finals
31 2016 Buenos Aires Dominic Thiem 6-4 4-6 7-6 (4) Semifinal
32 2016 Rio de Janeiro Pablo Cuevas 6-7 (6) 7-6 (3) 6-4 Semifinal
33 2016 Madrid Andy Murray 7-5 6-4 Semifinal
34 2016 Roma Novak Djokovic 7-5 7-6 (4) Quarter-finals
35 2017 Roma Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-3 Quarter-finals
36 2018 Madrid Dominic Thiem 7-5 6-3 Quarter-finals
37 2019 Monte-Carlo Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-2 Semifinal
38 2019 Barcelona Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-4 Semifinal
39 2019 Madrid Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 2-6 6-3 Semifinal

40 2020 Roma Diego Schwartzman 6-2 7-5 Quarter-finals


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