Two names carved with gold in the history of tennis; Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are two legends that refuse to age and whenever they face an obstacle they come back stronger than ever.
2017 has been great for both of them and we can actually say that the 2 legends slayed it this year!
Let’s start with Spain’s pride, Nadal this year shut all the doubters by winning the Monte-Carlo masters for the 10th time and became the first player in the open era to win a single tournament 10 times. This title was also his 50th on clay courts, surpassing the Open Era record for most clay titles previously held by Guillermo Vilas (49 titles).
The Spaniard replicated that achievement at Barcelona and won the title for the 10th time, also. Proceeding to Madrid where he continued the unbeaten series on clay as he won his 5th Madrid open title.
But the biggest achievement for Nadal this year happened in Paris where he managed to win The French Open for the 10th time clinching his 3rd “La Decima” of the year and became the first tennis player in the Open Era to win 10 titles in a single Grand Slam event. With the loss of just 35 games, it was the second best performance of a male tennis player in winning a Grand Slam just before Bjorn Borg who only lost 32 games in the 1978 Roland Garros. With the victory, Nadal passes Pete Sampras for second on the men’s Grand Slam singles title list with 15 titles where only Roger Federer, with 18 titles is ahead. It was also Nadal’s 73rd Tour title which ranks him 6th highest in the Open Era just one behind Rod Laver.
Nadal is only a few steps away from becoming World no.1 in the ATP ranking.
On the other hand, Roger Federer ranking rose from no.17 to no.10 after winning the Australian open and winning a record-extending and historic 18th men’s singles Grand Slam title and becoming the first man to win at least five singles titles at three different major tournaments each.
Then off to Indian Wells where he won his 5th title, this is the 7th time Federer has won a Masters 1000 title without dropping a set and was only broken once in the entire tournament. In Miami Open, he won his 3rd title but first since 2006. By doing so, he surpassed his previous record in Indian Wells as the oldest man ever to win a Master’s 1000 event. Federer’s ranking also improved to world No. 4.
The biggest achievement for Federer this year was at the biggest tournament of the grass court season where he won his 8th Wimbledon title and became the second male player in the Open Era to win the Championships without dropping a set after Björn Borg in 1976. This meant that Roger Federer qualified for the ATP Finals for a record 15th time.
Both stars have taken tennis to new levels that we’ve never seen before that they are actually breaking their own records.