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January 22, 2023

Rafael Nadal closed in on Novak Djokovic in the hunt for ‘big titles’ on Sunday when he lifted a record 22nd major trophy at Roland Garros.

The Spaniard beat Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 to claim his 14th Mousquetaires Cup and with it his 59th “Big Title”, putting him within four of Djokovic. A “big title” is a trophy at a Grand Slam Championship, Nitto ATP Finals, ATP Masters 1000 tournament, or Olympic gold medal in singles.

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Nadal won his 14th Roland Garros trophy, equaling the number of titles American legend Pete Sampras has won in all four Grand Slams combined. The southpaw has won more than double the clay major crowns as the next player on the men’s singles list, with Bjorn Borg having won the tournament six times.

Djokovic won a ‘headline’ for 3.3 tournaments played (63/206), while Nadal moved closer to his rival on Sunday by improving his win rate to a trophy for 3.4 tournaments played (59/202 ). Only Roger Federer (4.4, 54/240) and Pete Sampras (4.9, 30/147) have won a “big title” at a rate greater than once in every five events played.

Major titles won by current and former champions (records since 1990)

Player Grand Slams Nitto ATP Finals’}” style=”color: #1f2223; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; border-top-color: #000000; align text: left;”>Nitto ATP Finals 1000s Total^ (average)
Novak Djokovic’}” style=”color: #00aeef; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; text-align: left;”>Novak Djokovic 20/66 5/14 38/122 63/206 (3.3)
Rafael Nadal’}” style=”color: #00aeef; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; text-align: left;”>Rafael Nadal 22/64 0/10 36/126 59/202 (3.4)
Roger Federer’}” style=”color: #00aeef; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; text-align: left;”>Roger Federer 20/80 6/17 28/138 54/240 (4.4)
Pete Sampras’}” style=”color: #00aeef; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; text-align: left;”> Pete Sampras 14/52 5/11 11/83 30/147 (4.9)
Andre Agassi’}” style=”color: #00aeef; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; text-align: left;”>André Agassi 8/61 1/13 17/90 27/164 (6.1)
Andy Murray’}” style=”color: #00aeef; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; text-align: left;”>Andy Murray 3/53 1/8 14/106 20/170 (8.5)
Boris Becker*’}” style=”color: #00aeef; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; text-align: left;”>Boris Becker* 2/26 2/6 5/51 9/84 (9.3)
Thomas Muster’}” style=”color: #00aeef; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; text-align: left;”>Thomas Muster 1/29 0/4 8/53 9/87 (9.7)
Stefan Edberg**’}” style=”color: #00aeef; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; text-align: left;”>Stefan Edberg** 3/28 0/4 4/45 7/79 (11.3)
Gustavo Kuerten’}” style=”color: #00aeef; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; text-align: left;”>Gustavo Kuerten 3/33 1/3 5/67 9/105 (11.6)
Jim Courier’}” style=”color: #00aeef; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; text-align: left;”>Jim Courier 4/38 0/4 5/71 9/114 (12.6)
Marcelo Rios’}” style=”color: #00aeef; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; text-align: left;”>Marcelo Rios 0/26 0/1 5/56 5/84 (16.8)
Marat Safin’}” style=”color: #00aeef; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; text-align: left;”>Marat Safin 2/41 0/3 5/87 7/133 (19)
Michael Chang’}” style=”color: #00aeef; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #000000; border-left-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; text-align: left;”>Michael Chang*** 0/50 0/6 7/86 7/144 (20.6)
Andy Roddick’}” style=”color: #00aeef; padding: 2px 3px; border-bottom-color: #c7c8c8; border-left-color: #000000; border-right-color: #000000; text-align: left;”>Andy Roddick 1/46 0/6 5/75 6/129 (22.5)

^ Includes Olympic Games gold medals and tournament appearances
* Becker’s other four Grand Slam titles came before 1990.
** Edberg’s other three Grand Slam titles came before 1990.
*** Chang’s only Grand Slam title came before 1990

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