Rafael Nadal It does not stop breaking brands (its own and those of others) and continues to obtain titles despite the passing of the years. With the victory he achieved in Barcelona, the manacorí has already reached 18 consecutive years lifting at least one trophy.
For the first of all we have to go back to 2004, to Poland, more precisely to Sopot. In that tournament on brick dust (when not) the Spanish beat José Acasuso 6-3 and 6-4. At that time Nadal was 18 years old and ranked 71st in the ATP ranking, being the 10th best Spaniard on the circuit.
In 2005 Nadal would sign the year with the most trophies in his career. There he obtained 11: Costa do Sauipe, Acapulco, Masters 1000 of Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Masters 1000 of Rome, Roland Garros, Bastad, Stuttgart, Masters 1000 of Canada, Beijing and the Masters 1000 of Madrid. In addition to all these achievements, by the end of the year he was positioned as No. 2 in the ATP ranking, only being surpassed by Roger Federer.
In 2006 and 2007 he won five and six titles respectively, with Roland Garros and the Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo, Rome and Indian Wells being the most prominent. For 2008 it would begin to add trophies on grass: Queens and Wimbledon (the first of the two it has).
Between 2009 and 2012 he achieved 19 trophies. The highlights of those years were Roland Garros (three times), Wimbledon, US Open and the Australian Open. To highlight is especially 2010, the year in which he achieved three of the four Grand Slams of the season, not being able to lift only the Australian Open (he retired in the quarterfinals due to a knee injury).
In 2013 he signed his second year with the highest number of titles: 10. He obtained two Grand Slam (Roland Garros and US Open) and five Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Madrid, Rome, Canada and Cincinatti) as the most outstanding. Between 2014 and 2016 it was his worst streak in terms of titles not counting his first year: he only obtained nine with a Grand Slam (Roland Garros) and two Masters 1000.
Finally, from 2017 to the title in Barcelona in 2021, Nadal achieved 18 trophies: six in 2017, five in 2018, four in 2019, two in 2020 and only one so far in 2021. To highlight that in all those years, he won all the Roland Garros he played and also won another two US Open.
In the ranking for the largest number of consecutive years achieving at least one trophy, it is No. 1, followed by Novak Djokovic with 16 years (2006-2021) and Roger Federer with 15 (2001-2015).