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June 12, 2018

Rafael Nadal in best of five set matches on clay

Filed under: sport — ckrao @ 1:28 pm

Following Rafael Nadal‘s 11th French Open win, it’s worth looking at just how amazing his best-of-five set record on clay is. He now has a 111-2 win-loss record, with his only two losses against Söderling and Djokovic.

Win-loss breakdown by tournament (Masters tournament finals changed to best of 3 sets from 2007):

  • French Open: 86-2
  • Davis Cup: 18-0
  • Barcelona Open: 2-0
  • Monte Carlo Masters: 2-0
  • Rome Masters: 2-0
  • Stuttgart: 1-0

Win-loss breakdown by number of sets (overall he has won 331 and lost 36 completed sets so even winning a set against him is a big deal!):

  • 5 sets: 4-0 (Coria, Federer, Isner, Djokovic – 5th set scores 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-4, 9-7 respectively)
  • 4 sets: 22-1 (loss to Söderling)
  • 3 sets: 83-1

Most common opponents (2 or more matches):

  • Djokovic: 7-1 (lost 7 sets)
  • Federer: 7-0 (lost 7 sets)
  • Ferrer: 4-0 (lost 1 set)
  • Almagro: 4-0
  • Hewitt: 4-0 (lost 1 set)
  • Söderling: 3-1 (lost 3 sets)
  • Thiem: 3-0
  • del Potro: 3-0 (lost 1 set)
  • Gasquet: 3-0
  • Seppi: 2-0 (lost 1 set)
  • Murray: 2-0
  • Roddick: 2-0 (lost 1 set)
  • Coria: 2-0 (lost 3 sets)
  • Ljubicic: 2-0
  • Monaco: 2-0
  • Bolelli: 2-0
  • Wawrinka: 2-0 (same score of 6-2 6-3 6-1 both times)
  • Bellucci: 2-0

Breakdown by set score (almost the same likelihood of winning a set 6-2, 6-3 or 6-4):

  • 6-0: 26
  • 6-1: 61
  • 6-2: 68
  • 6-3: 66
  • 6-4: 67
  • 7-5: 18
  • 7-6: 24
  • 9-7: 1
  • 6-7: 9
  • 5-7: 6
  • 4-6: 8
  • 3-6: 6
  • 2-6: 3 (Federer in 2006 Rome, Söderling in 2009 French Open, Djokovic in 2012 French Open)
  • 1-6: 3 (Federer in 2006 French Open, del Potro in 2011 Davis Cup, Djokovic in 2015 French Open)
  • 0-6: 1 (Coria in 2005 Monte Carlo Masters)

(only one incomplete set 2-0 after which Pablo Carreno Busta retired)

References

(1) Tennis Abstract: Rafael Nadal ATP Match Results, Splits, and Analysis

(2) Ultimate Tennis Statistics – Rafael Nadal

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