Rafael Nadal beat USA Maxime Crissy (7-6 (6), 6-3) To win his first in 2022 in Melbourne And he expands his successful streak: He’s won at least one title every season since 2004.
It’s nineteen years in a row that the Spanish tennis player has made his time with awards. Since he won the first and debuted his record, in Sopot, in 2004, Nadal has managed to collect at least one trophy each year.
Rafael Nadalwho played his first final in Australia since he lost Novak Djokovic In the 2019 Open Final, he raised the list of merits in his history to 89.
The Balearic tennis player is the most successful player in successive seasons. Nineteen consecutive seasons with some awards. Three more than the number one Serbian in the world Novak Djokovic (2006-2021) and accepted the Swiss four times Roger Federer (2001-2015). Behind the Czech “Big Three” Evan Lindel (1980-1993) and American Jimmy Connors (1972-1984).
2005 was the most fruitful year for Rafael Nadal. He finished this exercise with eleven titles in his backpack. between them Roland Garros and four Masters 1000 (Madrid, Canada, Rome and Monte Carlo). In 2013 he had a ten, which is his second best crop. In addition to success in US Open and in Roland Garros, achieved success in five Masters 1000 (Cincinnati, Canada, Rome, Madrid, Indian Wells).
Photo: Roland Garros
The 35-year-old Spaniard is still among the best in the world. FHe finished sixth in the ATP rankings and already achieved, on his first attempt and on his official return to the slopes since his injury, the tournament record-breaking with a win in Melbourne..
“This year I have a different approach, despite the fact that expectations are always very high for everything I’ve won.He added after his victory over Chrissy in reference to his intentions in the Australian Open.I don’t see myself as a real candidate, although things change very quickly in this sport“.
Nadal faces 2022 full of expectations in his twenty-first year as a professional after the conclusion of 2021 with the Masters 1000 titles in Rome and the Barcelona Championship, in a season marked by the difficulties imposed by Covid and a foot injury. This forced him to stop last August and kept him out of competition for four months.