Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal’s illustrious career reached new heights following his victory against Feliciano Lopez in the first round of the Rolex Paris Masters. The twenty times grand slam winner has become the fourth player to win 1,000 single matches. The feat has been achieved by Jimmy Connors (1,274), Roger Federer (1,242), and Ivan Lendl (1,068).
In the post-match conversation, Nadal spoke about his experience over the course of a very long career saying, “One very negative thing about getting to 1,000 is that you know you are very old.” He further added that the number speaks to his journey, hard work, and support of people who are both his family as well as fans.
Nadal’s victory against Lopez ended his two matches losing streak against the player. Lopez had earlier won against Nadal at the Western & Southern Open in 2015 and the Rolex Shanghai Masters in 2014. Talking about the same, Nadal deemed it a, “very satisfying victory.” Nadal, currently ranked second in the world is playing the Paris Masters series for the eighth time. He had pulled out of the tournament midway twice during his earlier stints due to injury.
Nadal has yet to win the title at Rolex Paris Masters and had come closest to the trophy in 2007, where he had been the runner-up. This had been his first match following a record-breaking run at the Roland Garros last month where the Spaniard earned his 13th title. If Nadal wins the trophy at Paris this month, he would equal the record with his contemporary Novak Djokovic of 36 masters titles.