Rafael Nadal’s loss to Andrey Rublev in the Monte-Carlo quarterfinals was not yet another for the tennis world. Very few are the players who can boast of having defeated the King of brick dust in Masters 1000 tournaments.
With his victory, the Russian joins a select list of 14 players who have achieved it. Here, we review them: first, the Serbian and number 1 in the world appears Novak Djokovic. The Belgrade-born has six victories against Rafa, having conquered the last one long ago. It was in the quarterfinals of Rome 2016 where he beat him 7-5 and 7-6 (4).
In continued, the Swiss Roger Federer, the British Andy Murray and the Austrian Dominic Thiem scored, who were able to win and defeat the manacorí twice.
Among his compatriots, they could only beat him David Ferrer, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Fernando Verdasco. Each of them did it only once. In addition, Stan Wawrinka, Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Italian Fabio Fognini (victory in the semifinals of Monte-Carlo 2019, a tournament that he would later win) are other tennis players who could beat him.
On the Argentine side, the names of the Gastón Gaudio and Guillermo Coria now retired. To that group is added that of Diego Schwartzman. They all did. All boast of having beaten the Fierce.