From Rome to Manacor: the ninth title is already at the Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience

"Hello everyone, I'm here at the Museum that yesterday was a very special day, very nice and good today too", said Rafa Nadal in Manacor.

It has not been another week for Rafa Nadal. There are many tennis and emotional ingredients that have made the victory in Rome even more special if it fits into the history of Spanish. Although practically every step he takes, each trophy he adds to the showcase of the Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience is accompanied of a record, in this new edition in the Foro Italico he continued to expand his legend after defending the title, lifting the first crown of the season and the ninth of his career in the Italian clay court.

Nueve titles in Rome. It is said soon. But only Federer has achieved the same number of trophies in the same scenario in Basel and Halle (9), both at the ATP 500. level. However, Nadal has not only been able to reach the number in the Italian capital, an ATP Masters 1000 tournament , but to overcome it also in Barcelona (ATP 500), Monte Carlo (Masters 1000) and Roland Garros (Grand Slam) elevating the level until the eleven twisted. Precisely, in Paris will seek its maximum amount of trophies in the same tournament.

"Hello everyone, I'm here in the Museum yesterday was a very special day, very nice and good today too. In the end to be able to place this trophy next to these others because it is a beautiful moment and I wanted to share it with all of you. So here I leave it for those who want to come and visit it. A big hug and see you in Paris, "Rafa Nadal said this morning from the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, moments before depositing the trophy at the Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience.

But before looking at the city that holds the Tower Eiffel must be done to Rome to understand the dimension of a sublime victory, which speaks again of the ability to overcome the manacorense. After three consecutive semifinals in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, did not desist to get to Rome and conquer it once again. Jeremy Chardy, Nikoloz Basilashvili, Fernando Verdasco and Stefanos Tsitsipas were his four victims on a way to the final in which no set was left and barely consumed a total of three hours and 22 minutes on the track.

The day appointed for the battle for the title, on the other side of the net was Novak Djokovic, the man with whom he shares the most repeated rivalry in history. A total of 54 chapters explain the magnitude of this face to face, which in Rome opted even more on the side of Nadal (28-26). In addition, in the Italian final a 6-0 was registered for the first time between both. It was in the initial set that Nadal was awarded, before yielding the second by 4-6 and finally prevailed in the third by 6-1.

The volley that Djokovic crashed into the net to certify the triumph of the Balearic served to mark distances in another pulse anecdotal that these two great players of the ATP Tour circuit keep. Nadal's ninth trophy in Rome is also the 34th title of his career ATP Masters 1000, undoing the equality that was established last week when the Serbian won the victory in Madrid. At the moment, the Spanish surpasses in one to the Balkan (34-33). Federer is in third place with 28, while Agassi -cuarto and who retired being the player with the most titles of this level- has 17.

Nadal consolidates, in addition, in the fourth historical position of players with more trophies won in his career. There are already 81 that appear in the showcases located in the Rafa Nadal Sports Center Museum, of which 58 have been made on clay and 42 of them only collected between Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and Roland Garros. More than half of the total.

While the Spanish retains a palmarés nourished by all surfaces, his status as maximum dominator on clay of all time is indisputable. As if that were not enough, this week he returned to feed that label with a new personal brand. And is that Nadal became the third player in history with more victories on clay (429), beating Thomas Musters who retired with 426 and behind Manuel Orantes (538) and Guillermo Vilas (679). Yes, Nadal is only seven wins out of 950 in his career. It's seven that he needs to be crowned at Roland Garros. Will he get it? The response from May 26 to June 9.

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