Keep making history. Rafael Nadal, who stood in his 12th semifinal at the 1000 Masters in Rome, by beating the German Alexander Zverev, he brought the record for semi-finals at tournaments at that level to 75. And reached at least one semi at those championships for 17 consecutive years.
Historic again. As so many times in his extraordinary career, especially on slow courts, the southpaw from Manacor, the all-time king of clay, wrote another enviable page to keep in the books.
The Spanish improved the top mark of the semifinals in the Masters 1000, with 75, thanks to his ticket achieved this Friday in Rome, where he accumulates nine titles. And with this victory at the Italian Open, he reached that round at least in one tournament of that hierarchy in 17 consecutive years, being a record.
Since 2005, in Miami, when he played his first semi in a Masters 1000, Nadal has always been in at least one until now. His best performance was achieved in 2013, when he reached the semifinals in eight of the nine tournaments in that category. In 2020 there was little action and he reached that round in Paris, the last, to now access that instance in Rome.
Therefore, his is serious business. Nadal, after overtaking Zverev and retaliating for last week’s crash in Madrid, entered his 170th professional singles semi-final, the fourth-best official record.
Likewise, the marks of Spanish do not stop there. The record for victories of a player in the same Masters 1000, the scale following the Grand Slam, created in 1990, is precisely held by Nadal, with 73 in Monte-Carlo, and now he equaled the 66 successes in Rome, a mark he already had the Swiss Roger Federer in Indian Wells.
Thus, Nadal does not stop his march, less than a month after his 35th birthday. And Roland Garros is coming, where he goes for more glory.