Rafael Nadal, the world No. 3, advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP 500 Barcelona Open for the third with a 6-1, 6-4 win against Cameron Norrie. In the process, he set a new world record when he reached the semi-final. Nadal celebrated his 450th match on clay, making him the first player in the Open Era to win 450 matches on both hard and soft surfaces.
With 450 ATP wins, Nadal has ensured a fruitful and noteworthy career crowned with titles. With 450 victories on a single surface, Nadal has established himself as a legend. He has also cemented his reputation as the Emperor of Clay and King of Hard Courts.
Being a proud owner of 450 victories over two different surfaces, Nadal has set a new benchmark and a record that can never be surpassed in the decades to come! Although many analysts have questioned Nadal’s credibility and hard-court match wins over the years, the numbers say a different story.
The 20-time Major winner has also got 450 wins on the hard surface and is only behind Roger Federer (783), Novak Djokovic (613) and Andre Agassi (592). Despite the fact that only one Grand Slam and a couple of tournaments are played on grass, the two-time Wimbledon winner still has 70 plus match wins on grass.
Nadal became the third player in the Open Era after Guillermo Vilas of Argentina and Manuel Orantes of Spain with that many wins on clay. The awesome fact is, Nadal needed under 500 matches to get there!