Rafael Nadal’s career is studded with great successes and incredible records: with 19 Slams he is aiming Roger Federer’s record, but the Spaniard has achieved other great goals, such as the twelve triumphs at the Roland Garros and all the titles on clay.
For each season, however, there is a particular goal, an achievement that should be highlighted. Rafael Nadal’s name is intimately connected to the history of Roland Garros. The greatest tennis player in history on clay-courts scored an incredible goal in 2017: winning his 10th French Open title, on the clay-courts of his beloved Philippe Chatrier.
Nadal arrived in Paris after a great clay-swing, with victories at the Monte Carlo-Rolex Masters, Barcelona and at the Mutua Madrid Open. In the early part of the year he lost the Australian Open epic final against Roger Federer and he was defeated by the Swiss Maestro both at Indian Wells and at the Miami Open.
He seemed to have recovered completely, both mentally and physically, respect the 2015-2016 period, stronger than a more mature and conscious tennis player.
Rafael Nadal comes back to win the Roland Garros
In Bois de Boulogne Andy Murray started as seed no.1, Rafa as seed no.4.
In the first four rounds Nadal literally destroyed his opponents in straight sets: Benoit Paire, Robin Haase, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Roberto Bautista-Agut, respectively. In the quarterfinals he took advantage of the retirement of his countryman Pablo Carreno-Busta in the second set, while in the semifinal he defeated Dominic Thiem in three sets.
He came back to play a Slam final after the French Open 2014. His opponent was Stan Wawrinka: Nadal won in three sets 6-2 6-3 6-1, getting his 10th title in Paris and setting a new record for men’s tennis and for the history of the tournament, not losing even a set during the fortnight.
That year he also won his 3rd US Open title, and he also came back world no.1. “It was an extraordinary year, simply incredible. I never imagined ending the season in first place again. It wasn’t my goal at the beginning of the year.
After returning from a period of my career in which I had to fight some injuries, this was not in my mind. But the moment the opportunity presented itself, it became my goal. Being number 1 for part of the season is nice, but being at the end of the season is even better,” said Rafael Nadal at the end of the season.