Since his debut on the Parisian clay of Roland Garros, the clay king Rafael Nadal has achieved an incredible series of numbers from the extraordinary record of 13 Roland Garros conquered and a series of 105 wins and only 3 losses in 108 games played. Rafa’s records are already known around the world and there are very few records on clay and in Paris that have not been equaled. Rafael Nadal may have achieved one of the few records that he did not have in his hands at this Roland Garros but he failed in this particular conquest. Between 1979 and 1981 Bjorn Borg won 41 consecutive sets in the Paris one, had started it all in the Paris final in 1979 and instead had ended in the final title clash two years later. Throughout his career, Nadal has won the champion title in Paris several times without losing a single set, a situation that Borg himself has managed to achieve over the years. Between 2016 and 2018 Nadal won a series of 38 consecutive sets and in the round of 16 it was Argentine Diego Schwartzman who stopped his career, just three sets before equaling Bjorn Borg. After three years, history repeats itself and Rafael Nadal was making an incredible series of victories to three sets to zero, despite his advanced age, and the Spaniard lost his first set in the quarterfinals against Argentine Diego Schwartzman. During this Roland Garros, Nadal risked losing the set to Alexei Popyrin and Jannik Sinner with the two very young world tennis talents capable of serving for the set but not going any further while the Argentine managed to stop the period leading up to this record for winning the second set of his match (then ending 3-1) against Rafael Nadal.
Moya speaks about Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal recently pulled out of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, saying he needed to protect his body in order to prolong his career. His coach, Carlos Moya, has now confirmed that the Spaniard was indeed “exhausted” after the claycourt swing and will take a “well-deserved rest.” “The clay court tour was very tough, with a lot of physical and mental pressure,” Moya said. “Rafa finished exhausted. He is going to take a well-deserved rest, this is a marathon, a long-distance race in which hard decisions have to be made and he has considered that the best thing is to stop to come back full of strength.” The 44-year-old also declared that the COVID-19 quarantine requirements was one of the reasons behind Rafael Nadal’s move to pull out. “The defeat has not affected as much as the fact that there is a week less than usual to prepare for Wimbledon, as well as the context in which we are with the pandemic,” he said.