Sunday, January 30, 2022

Rafael Nadal and his thirteen years between titles at the Australian Open

Something struck me about Rafael Nadal's second Australian Open win: it came thirteen years after his first in 2009. So I did a bit of research: only Ken Rosewall had such long breaks between victories at individual Grand Slam tournaments – fourteen years between US Open titles (1956-1970), fifteen years between French Open titles (1953-1968), and sixteen years between Australian Open titles (1955-1971). But Nadal played all but one of the Australian Opens between his two wins (he missed the tournament in 2013). After Rosewall turned professional in 1957, he did not play the Grand Slam tournaments again until the Open era began in 1968, when he promptly won the French Open. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 30 January 2022)

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