Rafael Nadal will surely be remembered as one of the best tennis players of all time and the Spanish champion has over the years strung record after record, surpassing all his opponents. His best stats come on clay, but overall the winner of 20 Grand Slam titles is the player with the best win-loss rate in tennis history.
Thanks to the recent title victory in the ATP 500 in Barcelona, Rafa has again surpassed world number one Novak Djokovic: for years now the two of them have been dueling on this particular statistic, in front of all the other opponents and quite clearly the other member of the Big Three Roger Federer.
With Nadal's victory in Barcelona and Novak Djokovic's defeat against Aslan Karatsev in the semifinal of the Serbia Open in Belgrade there was a new overtaking and with the record of 83.12% Nadal is the tennis player with the highest victory percentage of the history of tennis.
Rafael Nadal's numbers are incredible, the Spaniard has won 1015 victories and 206 defeats in his career, Novak Djokovic's record of 946 wins and 194 defeats is ahead with a percentage just under 82.98%. In this particular ranking Roger Federer is fourth with 82.04% but it must be recognized that the Swiss has played almost 300 more games than Nadal and almost 400 more games than Novak Djokovic.
In the Top Ten of all time there is also the British Andy Murray, in tenth place, and once again showing his great career results. Here is the Top Ten of tennis players with the best win percentage of all time, we also see other tennis legends such as Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and John McEnroe.
Rafael Nadal (1015-206) 83.12% (Win rate)
Novak Djokovic (946-194) 82.98%
Bjorn Borg (654-140) 82.36%
Roger Federer (1243-272) 82.04%
Jimmy Connors (1274-283) 81.82%
John McEnroe (883-198) 81.68%
Ivan Lendl (1068-242) 81.52%
Rod Laver (576-146) 79.77%
Pete Sampras (762-222) 77.44%
Andy Murray (677-202) 77.02%
ATP Madrid 2021: Rafael Nadal leads the draw
The Mutua Madrid Open 2021 facility will once again open its doors to professionals.
Last edition champion Novak Djokovic will be absent, as announced in the past few hours. The main draw tournament will be held from 2 to 9 May next and will precede the prestigious events in Rome and the Roland Garros in Paris, the culmination of spring swing on clay.
World number 2 Rafael Nadal will make his first match in the home event against the winner between Adrian Mannarino and the very young Carlo Alcaraz, while he could already meet our Jannik Sinner in the third round, provided that this - 14th seeded - manages to overtake Guido Pella is one of Jan-Lennard Struff and a still qualified unknown.
Possible challenge between Nadal and Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals, with the German who finds himself the winner of Miami Hubert Hurkacz in his own part of the draw, as well as Kei Nishikori and Karen Khachanov who will see it in the first match.
The Austrian Dominic Thiem, seeded number 3, could meet Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals, in a part of the draw also attended by the Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and Jaume Munar, the latter opposed to Alex De Minaur.
Argentine Diego Schwartzman could face Monte Carlo champion and recent Barcelona finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals, but the presence of players such as Aslan Karatsev (vs Ugo Humbert), Denis Shapovalov, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Casper should not be underestimated.
Ruud (as opposed to the 20-year-old Canadian), who have the real possibility of doing very well. As for Matteo Berrettini, the Italian tennis player - credited with a bye - has the opportunity to make his debut immediately against Fabio Fognini, who will face a player coming from the qualifiers.
Matteo finds himself in an insidious part of the board that also includes opponents such as Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Pablo Carreno Busta, Cristian Garin, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and above all the number 2 seeded Daniil Medvedev, absent in the Principality of Monaco due to his positivity to the virus.