August 20, 2022

After the Roland-Garros semi-final on Friday, the Spanish newspaper Mark reported that Rafael Nadal will miss Wimbledon later this month as he continues to recover from rib and foot injuries. Nadal himself acknowledged the pain he was feeling, telling reporters: “I would be happy with my life with a new foot. Victory is beautiful, but life is much more important than any title.

It might have come as a surprise, then, that it was his opponent – third seed Alexander Zverev – who pulled out of the game with an injury, and Nadal came out with a win. But nothing the 36-year-old Spaniard does at Roland Garros should come as a shock anymore. Not after 18 years of domination in Paris.

With a win on Sunday over Casper Ruud, Nadal will win his 14th French Open singles title and 22nd Grand Slam singles title overall, extending his records in each category and advancing his claim to be the greatest men’s tennis player. all time.

Here’s a look at some of the other important numbers behind Nadal’s incredible career.

0: The number of times Nadal has lost in the Roland-Garros final. He won his first title in 2005, two days after turning 19, and he has won the tournament only four times since, losing in the fourth round in 2009, the quarter-finals in 2015 and the semi-finals in 2021 and withdrawing before the third round. in 2016.

2: The number of Olympic gold medals won by Nadal: one in singles in 2008 and one in doubles in 2016.

5: Nadal’s current world ranking. It has not been ranked outside the top ten since 2005.

seven: The number of events Nadal has played in 2022, already matching his 2020 and 2021 totals. In 2019, he played in 13 ATP Tour events, as well as the Davis Cup and Laver Cup.

8: The number of times Nadal played on his birthday at Roland Garros, including Friday when he turned 36. In 2015, he lost in the quarter-finals to Novak Djokovic; he won the other seven games.

8: The number of major Nadal sponsors including Nike, Kia and Babolat rackets. The latest addition is Amstel Ultra beer, a deal announced in April 2021.

13: Nadal’s number of singles titles at Roland Garros before Sunday, a men’s record for an individual Grand Slam tournament. The second-best total is Djokovic’s nine at the Australian Open.

15: Nadal’s age when he turned pro in 2001.

21: The number of Grand Slam singles titles Nadal has won ahead of Sunday’s final, putting him ahead of Roger Federer and Djokovic for the men’s record. (On the women’s side, Margaret Court won 24 in the 1960s and 1970s, and Serena Williams won 23.) Nadal won at least one major in ten consecutive years from 2005 to 2014 – a men’s record – and he and Djokovic are the only two men’s singles players in the era of open tennis to have won every Grand Slam tournament at least twice.

24: The number of games won by Nadal against Federer in his career, compared to 16 losses. He is 29-30 against Djokovic after beating him in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros this year. Nadal has never faced Ruud, 23, his opponent on Sunday.

61: The combined number of Grand Slam singles titles won by Nadal, Federer and Djokovic before Sunday, out of a possible 74 dating to Federer’s first victory at Wimbledon in 2003.

83.3%: Nadal’s career game winning percentage before Sunday. It is the best score of all time, just ahead of Djokovic’s 83.1%. Nadal’s 1,057 ATP Tour wins put him fourth on the career list, behind Jimmy Connors (1,274), Federer (1,251) and Ivan Lendl (1,068).

91: The number of ATP Tour singles titles Nadal has won in his career before Sunday. A victory would propel him into a tie with Lendl for third place on the career list with 92, behind only Connors (109) and Federer (103).

160: The number of consecutive weeks Nadal has spent second only to Federer, from July 2005 to August 2008.

209: The number of weeks Nadal has spent as the best singles player on the ATP Tour, the sixth-best figure ever. (Djokovic holds the record at 371.) He finished the ATP No. .

$700: The amount a bettor would need to bet on Nadal for Sunday’s final against Ruud to recoup $100 in odds set by the DraftKings bookmaker on Friday afternoon. This makes Nadal the big favourite.

$1.05 million: The retail price of Nadal’s signature watch with Richard Mille when it launched in 2020. Nadal, who has supported the brand for over a decade, wears the watch in competition. Only 50 examples of the model were produced and had one listed for sale for $2.52 million on Friday night.

$2.4 million: How much Nadal will win in prize money if he wins on Sunday. If he loses, he will still win $1.2 million before taxes for his participation in the final.

$23 million: Nadal’s annual income off the pitch from endorsements, appearances, memorabilia and licensing fees, according to Forbes estimates. Combined with his prize money, this made him the fifth highest paid tennis player in the world last year. He is far behind Federer, who has earned around $90 million off the court before taxes and agent fees in the past 12 months and has been the highest-earning tennis player for 16 consecutive years.

44.5 million: Nadal’s followers count on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the highest number in tennis, ahead of Federer (40.1 million), Williams (32.9 million) and Djokovic (29.8 million).

$128 million: The price of Nadal’s career entering Roland-Garros. It is the third highest mark of all time, behind Djokovic ($156 million) and Federer ($130 million).

$500 million: According Forbes estimates. That puts him ahead of Djokovic (around $470m) but well behind Federer (around $1.09bn).