Nadal’s dynasty at Roland Garros in perspective, is it the greatest of all time?


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Nadal's dynasty at Roland Garros in perspective, is it the greatest of all time?

Rafael Nadal He did it again “, is that phrase that seems to be old but is renewed in each Roland Garros. It is implausible until writing it, but the Spanish got his thirteenth Musketeers Cup in this edition and it is one of the largest, if not the largest, dynasty or domain in the history of modern sport.

Since his first participation back in 2005, Nadal won 13 of the 16 Roland Garros he played. He has a total record of 100 wins and just two losses (Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015); in 2016 he dropped out of his third round match against Marcell Granollers due to wrist pain.

In addition to having conquered this almost ridiculous number of trophies in Paris, Nadal reached the mark of Roger Federer and together with the Swiss they lead the table of players with most Grand Slam tournaments won, with 20.

As for the numbers, Nadal has a 81.3% effectiveness in the Bois de Boulogne as for his conquests in these fifteen years that include his presentations in Paris. On six occasions he won the tournament even without giving up even a set: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2017 and 2020.

Since the matador’s first trophy in Paris there is no athlete or team that has achieved what he did in the same tournament. As for football, for example, Real Madrid won four of the last seven Champions League. However, just four of the last 16Therefore, his long-term dominance in recent years has diminished considerably and he has no equity compared to Rafa in Paris.

In the world of motorsport, Lewis hamilton he has won five of the last six world championships, giving up just once to his former Mercdes teammate Nico Rosberg. However, in the previous ten years, only one won (2008) suffering from the dominance of Spanish Fernando Alonso and german Sebastian Vettel in that decade. In sum, the Briton has a percentage of victories in the last 15 years of 38%.

During the 1990s, Chicago Bulls represented one of the most imposing domains in terms of team sports: they won all the finals played (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998). Although it was one of the strongest domains of all time and without a doubt the team led by Michael Jordan It marked an era, his superiority in the NBA did not last any longer.

In the world of tennis itself, Nadal’s feat is unprecedented. For the same Grand Slam tournament, its 13 conquests are something unprecedented and, its main pursuers in that aspect, are precisely Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Both the Swiss and the Serbian boast the not inconsiderable figure of eight titles at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, respectively, although they are far from Nadal’s numbers in the French capital.

Another of the individual athletes who enters the discussion of the most absolute domains in the same appointment is, without a doubt, the North American Michael Phelps. From his first participation in an Olympic Game in Athens 2004 to his last in Rio de Janeiro 2016, the Baltimore-born amassed a total of 28 medals: 23 of them gold, three silver and two bronze.

Another sport that knows of legacies and dynasties is rugby. With the clear predominance of the three southern countries (New Zealand, Australia and South Africa) having taken all the World Cups since the first in 1987 with the exception of 2003 (England), the All Blacks they have a legendary dominance in the historic Three Nations, today called the Rugby Championship. Since 2005, the year that Nadal won his first Roland Garros, the New Zealanders took 12 editions of the contest with the exception of 2009, 2015 and 2019.

Once in the middle of the game Nicolás Almagro ironically shouted “he will be 65 years old and will continue to win Roland Garros”. Just for an age question it is impossible, because Nadal does not know the meaning of that word and thus forges, for 15 years, an absolute dominance over Paris.


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