KEY POINTS

  • Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2020 French Open finals
  • Nadal has a record of 100-2 in Roland Garros
  • Nadal is only one win away from attaining 1,000 victories

Rafael Nadal dominated the entire 2020 French Open and secured the 20th Grand Slam title of his career. His incredible output in the recent Roland Garros puts him one victory away from attaining the 1,000th win of his career.

His next win will put him alongside prestigious company as only three other players have reached at least 1,000 wins. Only Jimmy Connors (1,274), Roger Federer (1,242) and Ivan Lendl (1,068) have won more tour-level matches, ATP Tour reported.

Connors and Lendl are both eight-time Grand Slam champions and are two of the legendary names of the sport.

Despite the major accomplishments of these icons, Nadal has already proven that he’s among the best in the world.  Throughout Nadal’s career, he’s made a name for himself as a member of the “Big Three” of tennis with the way he would dominate his opponents. The trio of Novak Djokovic, Nadal and Federer has won 57 of the last 69 majors.

The 34-year-old Spaniard remains in top form as it will only be a matter of time before he attains this historic milestone and many more.

Given that Nadal is already tied with Federer’s tally of 20 Grand Slams, he’s still in a good position to break the record for the most majors won by a singles men’s player. With Federer recovering from his knee surgery earlier this year, Nadal remains in good condition to attain more wins in the years to come.

“As my greatest rival over many years, I believe we have pushed each other to become better players,” Federer wrote on social media.

At this rate, winning the 1,000th match for Nadal is inevitable. What’s next for him is surpassing Djokovic’s impressive title haul.

Nadal's three-set win against Djokovic in the French Open means that he moved up to 56 "Big Titles" of the sport. A "Big Title" involves a trophy at a Grand Slam championship, the Nitto ATP Finals, an ATP Masters 1000 tournament or an Olympic singles gold medal.

The 13-time Roland Garros winner holds the record of 100 wins in the French Open and is looking to add more wins to his already illustrious career.

A familiar sight: Rafael Nadal gets his hands on the Coupe des Mousquetaires for a 13th time A familiar sight: Rafael Nadal gets his hands on the Coupe des Mousquetaires for a 13th time Photo: AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULAT