The 990 matches won by Rafa Nadal throughout his career | Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

The 990 matches won by Rafa Nadal throughout his career

Only three players in history have reached a staggering 1,000 matches won. The 11-time champion of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell was about to be included in that brief list of great superstars that for years has been limited to Jimmy Connors, who had 1,274 victories, Roger Federer, who is at 1,242, and Ivan Lendl, who finished his career with 1,068 wins on the courts. Nadal today adds 990 victories.

Since 2002, the year that Rafa achieved his first win against Paraguayan Ramón Delgado, until this spring, no less than 990 matches won that have provided him with 85 ATP titles (19 of the Grand Slam), five Davis Cup titles and the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics are the most outstanding milestones.

Since 2003 he has been in the top-100 and since 2005 in the top-10, immovable and with more records at his disposal that he will attain if he continues to show his current physical form. His first title came in 2004, in Sopot, and the following year he won for the first time the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (photo) and raised the trophy of his first Grand Slam, which could not have been another one than Roland Garros.

Also that year 2005 he reached his 100th victory in Stuttgart, when the German tournament was played on clay.

He reached the first position of the world ranking in 2008, when he had already won more than 300 matches.

The 500th victory came at the 2011 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, against Gael Monfils. Also in the Real Club Barcelona-1899 tournament he earned the 800th, against Kei Nishikori in 2016, and the 900th, against David Goffin in 2018. In this interrupted 2020, he has already won 13 matches and won a title, the one in Acapulco. He is very close to that incredible figure of 1,000 matches won.

Carlos Martín