‘Rafael Nadal might be secretly rejoicing because…’, says legend

Rafael Nadal tops the list with 99 Masters 1000 quarterfinals, leaving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer behind. After losing the feat in Cincinnati, the Spaniard will have the opportunity to fight for the milestone of 100 Masters 1000 quarterfinals next week in Paris.

Rafa returns to action for the first time since the US Open, recovering from an abdominal injury and looking forward to competing at his best in Paris and Turin. Nadal is yet to win a Masters 1000 title this year, losing the Indian Wells final to Taylor Fritz and not playing well in Madrid and Rome.

The Spaniard skipped Miami, Monte Carlo and the Canadian Masters and will have one last chance to lift the trophy in Paris. First up, the 22-time Major winner will try to achieve an incredible milestone and become the first player with 100 Masters 1000 quarterfinals.

Nadal’s first quarter-final at a Masters 1000 was in Miami 2005 at the age of 18. He could have arrived earlier, but the Spaniard had injury problems in 2004 and didn’t play at his best. Everything worked out well for Rafa in early 2005, and he reached his first Masters 1000 final in Florida, coming within two points of beating Roger Federer.

Nadal would go on to reach four more quarter-finals by the end of the season, conquering all of those tournaments and ending the season with an incredible four Masters 1000 trophies. Rafa added five more quarter-finals in 2006 and had eight in 2007 and 2008!

At 22, Nadal was already among the top Masters 1000 players, and things would only increase for him after reaching nine quarter-finals in 2009! The next three seasons could have been better for the great champion, battling injuries and barely staying in the top-10.

Nadal collected seven quarterfinals in 2017 and grabbed six in 2019.

Rafa Nadal is ready

American Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin recently discussed Rafael Nadal’s display of emotions during Roger Federer’s farewell at the 2022 Laver Cup.

“Rafael Nadal’s farewell tears moved me even more. In fact, he might be secretly rejoicing because one of his biggest competitors is gone. However, the opposite was true. That says a lot about how respectfully they treated each other despite the sporting rivalry,” Shiffrin said.

“They always say you shouldn’t meet your idols because then you might be disappointed and the admiration will fade away. In Roger’s case it is different. If anyone has the opportunity to meet him, let him do so,” she said.

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