The records that await Rafael Nadal in 2021

First Published Jan 5, 2021, 4:27 PM IST

Rafael Nadal of Spain is currently one of the most legendary tennis players today and a modern-day Greatest of All-Time. He has won record 20 Grand Slams, with Switzerland's Roger Federer, besides winning a record 13 French Open titles. He is currently ranked second.

<p>Spanish tennis legend and a modern-day Greatest of All-Time (GOAT), Rafael Nadal has made a name for himself by winning a record 20 Grand Slam titles. He shares the feat with Roger Federer of Switzerland.</p>

Spanish tennis legend and a modern-day Greatest of All-Time (GOAT), Rafael Nadal has made a name for himself by winning a record 20 Grand Slam titles. He shares the feat with Roger Federer of Switzerland.

<p>Nadal is primarily known as the 'King of Clay', for having won infinite career titles on the surface. He is also a record 13-time winner of the French Open and looks favourite to win more.</p>

Nadal is primarily known as the 'King of Clay', for having won infinite career titles on the surface. He is also a record 13-time winner of the French Open and looks favourite to win more.

<p>Currently ranked second in the ATP Rankings, Nadal would look to attain more feats in 2021. On the same note, we look at the three records in store for the Spaniard this year.</p>

Currently ranked second in the ATP Rankings, Nadal would look to attain more feats in 2021. On the same note, we look at the three records in store for the Spaniard this year.

<p><strong>Most Slams:</strong> The first and the obvious one happens to be the record of winning the most Slam titles. A win more would allow him to surpass the all-time record of Federer. With the Swiss not playing the opening Slam of the year, Australian Open, Nadal has a chance to attain the feat early on. However, if he fails, he is again a favourite to win it at Roland Garros this year.</p>

Most Slams: The first and the obvious one happens to be the record of winning the most Slam titles. A win more would allow him to surpass the all-time record of Federer. With the Swiss not playing the opening Slam of the year, Australian Open, Nadal has a chance to attain the feat early on. However, if he fails, he is again a favourite to win it at Roland Garros this year.

<p><strong>800 weeks in top-10:</strong> While Nadal is currently ranked second, he chases a unique record. In case he holds on to his ranking for three more weeks, he would become the first player in the history to remain in the top-10 for 800 weeks. He has been in the phase for 797 consecutive weeks, since April 2005, going past the previous record of Jimmy Connors (789).</p>

800 weeks in top-10: While Nadal is currently ranked second, he chases a unique record. In case he holds on to his ranking for three more weeks, he would become the first player in the history to remain in the top-10 for 800 weeks. He has been in the phase for 797 consecutive weeks, since April 2005, going past the previous record of Jimmy Connors (789).

<p><strong>A particular hard court record:</strong> While Nadal is ideally the 'King of Clay', he has won copious matches and titles on hard courts as well. As of now, Nadal has 486 tour-level wins to his name on the surface. With 14 more wins, he would become only the fourth&nbsp;</p>

A particular hard court record: While Nadal is ideally the 'King of Clay', he has won copious matches and titles on hard courts as well. As of now, Nadal has 486 tour-level wins to his name on the surface. With 14 more wins, he would become only the fourth 

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