Rafael Nadal has created yet another milestone moment in his legendary career in Paris. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who turned pro in 2001, defeated fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez on Wednesday night for his 1000th singles match win. He won in three sets, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4, and will now challenge Australian Jordan Thompson in the third round.
Our champ joins Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl in the exclusive 1,000 wins club. The 34-year-old won his first ATP match as a 15-year-old on 29 April 2002, a little over 18 years ago.
After the match, Rafa said:
“One very negative thing about getting to 1,000 is that you know you are very old. To win 1,000 matches you need to have a very long career.“