Rafa Roundup: Will Nadal overtake Federer by winning his 21st Grand Slam?


Alongside his pursuit for major titles, Nadal will also chase numerous ATP Tour milestones. The 34-year-old is less than three weeks away from becoming the first player to spend 800 weeks inside the Top 10 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. Remarkably, Nadal has spent a record 797 consecutive weeks inside the Top 10 since 25 April 2005. Nadal passed Jimmy Connors’ previous record mark of 789 weeks as a Top 10 player on 9 November 2020.

Nadal is also on the verge of joining an exclusive hard court club this year. The Mallorcan, who owns 486 tour-level hard court wins, is just 14 victories away from becoming only the fourth player to achieve 500 wins on the surface. Only Federer (782), Djokovic (604) and Andre Agassi (592) have achieved the feat.

Will Rafael Nadal move ahead of Roger Federer? The Grand Slam race is finely-poised at 20-20 between Nadal and Federer, with Djokovic three behind. It seems unlikely now that Federer will finish as the best of the trio, but how long will it be before Nadal overtakes him?

Who will win Olympic gold? The last few Olympics have produced some superb matches with Tokyo hopefully seeing a wide-open field as most of the world’s top players compete for medals that only come on offer every four (or five) years rather than annually.

Now that he stands shoulder to shoulder with Federer in major titles, will Rafa’s influence continue to grow in the uncertain times ahead?

“The only thing that I can guarantee is I gonna be here,” Nadal said in Paris, when he was asked if sees himself as bringing a needed distraction to people’s lives. “Try my best every single day fighting, and trying to give to the people my best every single day, because in some way sport helps the people, no?”

Nadal doesn’t see himself as a role model, but we need to find strength where we can. Seeing him step up to the service line, bounce the ball slowly, gather himself and block everything out of his mind as he prepares to go to work, might make it a little easier for his fans to do the same.

2019 Davis Cup Champions Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut will lead Spain at the second edition of the ATP Cup in Melbourne from 1-5 February. The 20-time Grand Slam champion and Bautista Agut will also be joined by 2020 US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta and doubles star Marcel Granollers.



  1. News from Aussie publication The Age: the top 3 players from both leagues who will be quarantining in Adelaide will be staying at a 4 1/2 star hotel. They will be able to use the gym during the 19 hours they are supposed to be confined to their rooms. They also will be allowed to take all team members with them to their practice sessions. Serena is now included in the group as Ash Barty is already in Australia.

    The lower ranked players who will be in Melbourne aren’t happy with the special privileges the top players will be receiving.

    To Margo-Hello and thanks for mentioning our P.M. The majority of Canadians love the American people and are horrified by current events. Wishing for a peaceful transition and a calm and safe 2021 to you all.

  2. Magali, I really think that this is not the site for you and you need to seek professional help. Most of your posts are about your perceived personal problems and virtally nothing is about Rafa or other tennis related matters.

    You are spending far too much time and mental energy writing an abundance of VERY lengthy posts, telling us your problems which we are unable to do anything about. I’ll be honest, I stopped reading your comments a while ago for my own sake.

    Magali, please remember that this is a Rafa fan site and not a therapy centre. I wish you all the very best and hope that you get the help you desperately require.

    • Thank you Lorna… I was wondering if anyone from the Rafa Nadal Fans site was monitoring the posts…
      I guess not….

      • Lorna, Dallas and Marileena, I haven’t commented because I felt it would be a futile exercise.

        I just sent an email to RNF. If anyone wishes to take this further, there are two ways to voice your concerns:

        By Googling
        Rafael Nadal Fans Contact

        a link to a fill-in form will be supplied


        You can email directly at


      • They are monitoring this site. They haven’t posted my 3 posts giving how to contact them. I also sent them an email.

  3. Unless there are changes, we could see Rafa in action on 29 January, that’s only 20 days from now. EXCITED

    Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and other TOP-players will play “A day at the Drive” exho in Adelaide on 29 January 2021

    • I know… “EXCITED” Me too! Can’t wait….

      Happy and Healthy New Year Margo… (btw…who opened the door to the asylum?)

      • And a Happy and Healthy New Year back @ you Marileena.

        The asylum? Let’s hope there is no civil war. Praying for a peaceful transition on January 10.

        OK I got it right. To Pauline I wished I could thank Trudeau for his kind words.

    • Margo…. I wasn’t referencing the craziness going on in our country right now… although you could have easily taken my “asylum” comment that way..
      I was actually referencing “asylum” a different way.and then Lorna addressed it.

      Right now…I think like most…. The ATP cup and the AO can’t come soon enough….

      I am so looking forward to sitting back, cheering on Rafa (who’s looking strong) and watching the rest of the players have a go at it….

      VAMOS RAFA!!!

  4. I am not doing any gossips and spreading them and I don’t like to have problems but it seems that when you are a Black woman, if you have children, in some companies or some branches and/or if you do not accept anything that your boss requires from you, then you get some troubles.

    Some of my values : work hard, respect people, try my best to better things and find quick solutions, keep learning.

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