Rafael Nadal is simply the king of the French Open.
No other player has won as many Grand Slam titles on the clay surface at Roland-Garroswith the 35-year-old’s 21 majors across the four Slams a current record in the sport’s history.
How many French Open titles has Rafael Nadal won?
Rafael Nadal has lifted the La Coupe des Mousquetaires – the French Open men’s singles trophy on an incredible 13 occasions, having competed in the main draw at Roland-Garros 17 times.
On his 19th birthday in 2005, Nadal became the second man to win the French Open on his first attempt – after Mats Wilander in 1982- defeating Mariano Puerta 6-7(8) 6-3 6-1 7-5.After tasting success on debut, Nadal went on to win the next three French Open’s between2006-2008 to begin his reign of dominance, defeating Roger Federer in all three finals, the2006 edition being the Swiss maestro’s first loss in a major final.
However, in 2009, his run of four Roland Garros titles since debut was broken with a fourth-round exit to eventual finalist and 23rd seed Robin Soderling, with Federer finally snaring his first French Open.
Nadal responded by winning the next five French Open’s, defeating Soderling (2010), Federer(2011), Novak Djokovic (2012), David Ferrer (2013) and Novak Djokovic (2014). In 2015, Nadal was beaten in straight sets by Djokovic, who went on to lose the final to Stan Wawrinka. And for the first time in his career, he failed in two successive French Open’s when he retired injured prior to his third round match against Marcel Granollers.
Nadal bounced back to win the four French Open titles between 2017-20, with victories in thefinal against Wawrinka (2017), Dominic Thiem (2018 and 2019) and Djokovic (2020).
Last year, Nadal was eliminated in the semi-finals by eventual winner Djokovic.