Despite being sidelined for nearly 5 months due to an injury to his left leg last year, Nadal, who won the Australian Open, trailing 2-0 in the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, added a new dimension to his success.
Nadal won his fourth title of the season, defeating Caspar Rudd 3-0 (6-3, 6-3, 6-0) in the final on June 3, two days after his 36th birthday.
In 1972, the Spanish racket broke the record of the oldest male tennis player to win the French Open, owned by his compatriot Andres Gimeno, who reached the trophy at the age of 34 years, 10 months.
Nadal, the male tennis player who has won the most clay court tournaments in the Open Period, broke the 63-championship record and lifted his 92nd trophy in his solo career.
Record 14 championships
Nadal, who passed the Margaret Court, who won 11 titles at the Australian Open with the 2019 Roland Garros Championship, raised the record for most winning tennis players in a Grand Slam tournament in history to 14 with his victory in 2022.
Nadal also broke the record for most Grand Slam titles for a male tennis player at 22. Thus, Nadal has widened the gap between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, each of whom has won 20 championships.
Margaret Court tops the list of tennis players with the most Grand Slam titles in history, with 24 championships between men and women. Legends are followed by Australian athletes Serena Williams (23), Steffi Graf (22) and Nadal (22).
The tennis players who have won the most Grand Slam tournaments in history are:
1. Rafael Nadal (Spain) – 14 times (French Open)
2. Margaret Court (Australia) – 11 (Australian Open)
3. Martina Navratilova (United States) – 9 (Wimbledon)
Novak Djokovic (Serbia) – 9 (Australian Open)
4. Molla Bursted Mallory (Norway / USA) – 8 (US Open)
Helen Wills (United States) – 8 (Wimbledon)
Roger Federer (Switzerland) – 8 (Wimbledon)
14 out of 14 in the final of the French Open
Nadal, who happily left the court for the 22nd time in the 30th Grand Slam final of his career, managed to win 14 finals at the French Open.
Nadal defeated Mariano Puerta in his first Roland Garros final at the age of 19 in 2005, Roger Federer in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, Robin Soderling in 2010, Novak Djokovic in 2012, David Stanis in 2012, 2013. Dominic Theme in 2017, 2018, 2019 and Caspar Rudd in 2022.
The Spanish racquet has won 112 of 115 matches at the French Open. Nadal suffered his first defeat in the tournament against Soderling of Sweden in the 4th round in 2009, his second against Djokovic in the quarter-finals in 2015 and his third against Djokovic in the semifinals in 2021.
Here are the results of Nadal’s final match at Roland Garros:
|2005||Mariano Puerta (Argentina)||3-1 (6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5)|
|2006||Roger Federer (Switzerland)||3-1 (1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6)|
|2007||Roger Federer (Switzerland)||3-1 (6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4)|
|2008||Roger Federer (Switzerland)||3-0 (6-1, 6-3, 6-0)|
|2010||Robin Soderling (Sweden)||3-0 (6-4, 6-2, 6-4)|
|2011||Roger Federer (Switzerland)||3-1 (7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1)|
|2012||Novak Djokovic (Serbia)||3-1 (6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5)|
|2013||David Ferrer (Spain)||3-0 (6-3, 6-2, 6-3)|
|2014||Novak Djokovic (Serbia)||3-1 (3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4)|
|2017||Stanislas Warinka (Switzerland)||3-0 (6-2, 6-3, 6-1)|
|2018||Dominic Thiem (Austria)||3-0 (6-4, 6-3, 6-2)|
|2019||Dominic Thiem (Austria)||3-1 (6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1)|
|2020||Novak Djokovic (Serbia)||3-0 (6-0, 6-2, 7-5)|
|2022||Caspar Rudd (Norway)||3-0 (6-3, 6-3, 6-0)|
Won 6 Grand Slams after 30
Nadal, whose leg condition is called Mারller-Weiss Syndrome and who explained that he could go to court to have an injection in the nerve of his left leg during Roland Garros in 2022, has denied it for years.
After winning the first two Grand Slam tournaments of the year (Australian Open, French Open) and starting a season for the first time in his career, Nadal, 36, increased the number of major tournaments after 30 to 8.
Nadal won his last trophy in 17 years after winning his first Grand Slam title in his career in 2005, a unique example of stability in the history of the sport.
Serena Williams of the United States holds the record for 17 years and 5 months in the open field. Williams won his first title at the 1999 US Open and his last at the 2017 Australian Open.