Rafael Nadal has won 13 Roland Garros titles since making a debut in Paris in 2005, winning 104 out of 106 matches so far and hoping to claim another title at his beloved Major next Sunday. Nadal and Novak Djokovic have both advanced into the 15th Roland Garros quarter-final last week, needing one more victory to set a thrilling semi-final clash in what should be the final before the final.
Nadal’s only two losses in Paris came in 2009 and 2015, which was enough to interrupt his streaks and offer Novak a chance to grab one Roland Garros record that the Spaniard will never reach. On the other hand, despite winning only one Roland Garros crown in 2016, Novak Djokovic has been one of the most consistent players in the French capital, earning his first quarter-final in 2006 a few weeks after turning 19 and never losing before the quarters since 2010!
Thus, Novak has accomplished 12 consecutive Roland Garros quarter-finals, while Nadal never had more than six.
Novak Djokovic is through to his 12th consecutive Roland Garros quarter-final.
The Serb stands as the player to beat at the clay Major in that segment, becoming the second player in the Open era with that many last eight appearances in a row at a single Major.
Jimmy Connors holds the record with 13 at his beloved US Open between 1973-1985, and Novak will try to match that record in Paris next June. Connors also had 11 consecutive Wimbledon quarter-finals, joined by Ivan Lendl, who did that at the US Open and Roger Federer, who collected 11 at the Australian Open between 2004-2014.
Djokovic made a strong start in Paris last week, beating Tennys Sandgren, Pablo Cuevas and Ricardas Berankis in straight sets to advance into the last 16. The Serb had to work hard in the opening two sets against the young gun Lorenzo Musetti, who claimed them both in the tie break to push an 18-time Major winner to the limits.
Staying focused and motivated, Novak destroyed the youngster in the remaining three sets, dropping only 14 points and advancing into the last eight when Lorenzo retired at 0-4 in the decider. It was Novak’s 31st five-setter win at Majors, moving one clear of Roger Federer and reaching his 49th quarter-final at Major events, hoping for the milestone 50th at Wimbledon in July.