Rafael Nadal claims 1000th career win with victory over Feliciano Lopez in Paris

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.

20 comments

  1. Congratulations Rafa well don so happy for you vamosssssss all the best 🎾😘❤️👍🎾

  2. Congratulations to Rafa on a double win today; his win against Feli Lopez and his win to join the 1000-wins group. He just keeps getting better.

    RAFAMAZING ROCKS

  3. Rafa vs J. Thompson is fourth match tomorrow, first match starts at 11am local time, 2am pacific time. Rafa’s match is probably around 6am pacific time?

    Good luck Rafa🍀 Vamos💪❤️

  4. I’m very happy the ATP did something to celebrate Rafa’s 1000th win. This tournament looks and sounds so soul-less so it was lovely to see that.

    Loved the serve tonight although Rafa was clearly mistiming quite a few shots. I’m not sure if that was just rustiness on hard court, or the speed of the court, but either way it makes the folllowing so outstanding. Tennis TV showed an infographic of Rafa’s second serve return position in the first and second sets – he returned on average over 4 metres further forward. That’s not baby steps. Rafa’s willingness and ability to adapt and problem-solve never cease to amaze me. Vamos Rafa!

    • I agree, it was nice. We got to see Rafa longer on court 😊

      According to Rafa’s coach, Carlos Moya: “ Rafa has a unique ability to adapt.” He is right👍

  5. Congrats Rafa, for the difficult win; and, what a 1000th win, when Rafa has to work so hard for it! Vamos Rafa, may you have more records to break and to hold on to!

  6. Wow 1000 match wins. You can’t be serious, just kidding! Just so over-joyed by Rafa’s achievements. By the way, my son surprised me with a beautiful purple 20 grandslam hoodie sweatshirt recently for my birthday. I was so happy to wear it and celebrate Rafa especially during such a difficult year worldwide. Again, my sincerest congrats to you, Rafa! You make my day!

  7. FELICITACIONES!!! Por este partido, un poquito complicado pero como siempre resuelves las cosas, sabes ganar en los momentos claves, bien jugado VAMOS VAMOS VAMOSSSSSSSS

  8. Watching Rafa is such a treat at this tricky time ( Feliciano too) . Doesn’t Rafa look gorgeous in green? Stay safe and cheerful everyone xx

  9. Congratulations Rafa on joining the 1000 club. Don’t worry about age. Remember you started winning when you were very young. This milestone just signifies your longevity and what a wonderful player you are.

  10. Well earned….many years of dedication and love of the sport!!! So glad to be able to watch you receive the honor!!!!

  11. Bravo Rafa on reaching 1000 victories . It’s a wonderful achievement. We celebrate with you and happy for you . You are an amazing champion, proud to support you .

  12. Congrats on your 1,000th win, Rafael Nadal👏💪👍🤛All the Best-stay safe and healthy-charming
    and humble in interview 😃🙏❤️

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