The experienced Spaniard could become this Sunday the third oldest player to reach the ‘Grand Slam’ trophy in the Open Era. Also just by playing the final he will be the second oldest tennis player to play a Roland Garros.
Only Bill Tilden (37) surpassed him in longevity when he played and lost the fight for the title in the 1930 edition against Frenchman Henri Cochet, one of the famous musketeers.
If he wins the cup, he would be the third longest-serving major champion in the Open Era after Australian Ken Rosewall (37 years, one month and 24 days) and Roger Federer (36 years, five months and seven days).
Years do not pass for the Spanish tennis player, who participated for the first time in the French Internationals in 2005. He ended up winning the tournament that has marked his brilliant professional career.
Nadal, in case of victory on Sunday, would add 22 Grand Slam titles, the most in the men’s category. She would equal Steffi Gaf’s gold medals and would only be behind Margaret Court (24) and Serena Williams (23).
There is also a general opinion that only physique can prevent Rafael Nadal from adding his fourteenth title in the competition tomorrow, the twenty-second major of his career. And not because the Norwegian Casper Ruud does not have the quality to defeat him, but the difference in honors is enormous between the two.