Today marks the anniversary of the first of Rafael Nadal‘s eight titles at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Rafa first lifted the 12-kilogram (26.45lb) trophy – one of the heaviest pieces of ATP World Tour silverware – on 24 April 2005.
Our champion has not lost since he made his Barcelona debut in 2003, when he was beaten by Alex Corretja, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the second round.
Rafa has a 41-1 record in Barcelona, winning 40 consecutive matches and eight titles in the past nine years (did not play in 2010). During his 40-match winning streak he has lost just three sets, dropping the last one in the second set of the 2008 final against Ferrer. Since losing that set to Ferrer, Rafa has won 41 consecutive sets in Barcelona.
Simply the best! VAMOS RAFA!
(Photos: AP, Getty Images, EFE // Source: ATP World Tour)