At the ATP Mutua Madrid Open 2021 men's singles day 3, Andrey Rublev needs great attention to beat Tommy Paul, while Denis Shapovalov gives in to Alexandr Bublik. Even Benoit Paire, who in 2021 had only beaten Nicolas Jarry in Cordoba, returns to success.
The French tennis player (who involves the public in the celebrations) puts an end to the march of Nikoloz Basilashvili. Matteo Berrettini defeated his countryman Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-4, while Roberto Bautista eliminated the other Italian Marco Cecchinato.
Kei Nihikori reaches the second round, where he will meet Alexander Zverev. Dominic Thiem also qualified, after a straight sets victory againts Marcos Giron. Today Rafael Nadal will gake the court: he will meet his young countryman Carlos Alcaraz.
In the women's singles of the WTA event, Elise Mertens qualified for the quarter-finals of Mutua Madrid Open 2021 after winning in three sets against Simona Halep, also recovering the first set of disadvantage and closing the match 4-6 7-5 7-5.
Elise won after more than two and a half hours of fighting at the end of a splendid match: now the Belgian, in the quarter-finals, will meet Aryna Sabalenka. Halep needed to be two times ahead of a break in the first set. Simona said: "I need to play a few more games.
Sometimes I'm in too much of a hurry to win the point."
In the quarter-finals, Mertens will face Aryna Sabalenka, who defeated Jessica Pegula in fifty-four minutes. In the other two matches, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated Jennifer Brady 7-5 6-7 (8) 6-3 after two hours and 46 minutes.
Karolina Muchova beat Maria Sakkari 6-0 6(9)-7 7-5.
Rafael Nadal dominates Roger Federer and Djokovic in one statistic
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%