At the Rolex Paris Masters 2015, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka faced off in a very hard quarterfinals match. Right at the end of that defeat, Rafa said: "Wawrinka deserved more than me because he transformed his opportunities and I didn't.
If you serve for the set, you have two set points in the first half, one on an easy forehand, in the second you have almost lost, you get back into the game and miss a decisive smash, you don't deserve to win. On the 5-4 of the first set he played well, the lost set is not my fault, but I shouldn't have missed that right.
Then the smash (on the 5-2 of the second tie-break, edit.), too many missed opportunities. I lost a game that I was able to win, but I won a lot that I didn't deserve. It's part of the sport. The good thing is that at least I managed to get back into the match.
Now I just have to go on. It's been a tough but positive week, I need to rest. " So five years ago ATP Rolex Paris Masters witnessed one of the most beautiful matches in the history of the Parisian ATP Masters 1000: the quarter-final between Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka.
The Swiss defeated the Spanish rival in two sets, with a score of 7-6 (8) 7-6 (7), after a challenge full of emotions and twists. That was a cursed season for Nadal, a magical season for Wawrinka, who won Roland Garros against Novak Djokovic.
Rafael Nadal is ready for a great record in Paris Bercy
Meanwhile as we already told you, about three weeks after the extraordinary success achieved at Roland Garros, world number 2 and 20 times champion in Grand Slam titles Rafael Nadal returns to Paris for the Paris-Bercy ATP Masters 1000.
Here Rafa has several goals and small records to achieve, the umpteenth to add to a career that to define extraordinary is an understatement. The Spanish champion triumphed at Roland Garros without losing a set and arrives in Bercy to equalize the score with Novak Djokovic in the fight for who holds the most Atp Masters 1000 in their career.
With the Serbian and the Swiss champion Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal has been dueling for years to see who will end his career with the most Grand Slam titles: at the moment the Spaniard and the Swiss lead with 20 Grand Slams ahead of the still world number 1 "only "to 17 Grand Slam titles.
The Mallorcan champion has never won in the Paris Bercy tournament and with Bye in the first round he can reach yet another career record in the second round. Nadal has 999 victories and 201 defeats in the ATP and the next victory could thus reach an incredible 1000 victories in the ATP Tour.
In his second round Rafa will not have a very simple commitment but should face the winner between the Serbian Filip Krajinovic and his comuntryman and friend Feliciano Lopez. Incredible numbers that show the great results of the Majorcan: in case of success Nadal would probably face the Croatian Borna Coric, also in excellent form, and with whom Rafa is 2 to 2 in the head-to-head and has repeatedly shown in the past of suffer it, especially on surfaces like these.
In the first round of the tournament there will be at least a couple more interesting matches in Paris Bercy: the semifinalist in Vienna Daniel Evans will face the Grand Slam winner and expert Swiss tennis player Stan Wawrinka.
Another noteworthy match is the one between Marin Cilic and the young Canadian talent Felix Auger Aliassime, making his debut in the French tournament. Meanwhile, in the new ATP ranking drawn up on Monday 26 October, the Spaniard became the first player in history capable of spending 788 consecutive weeks in the world Top-10, beating American Jimmy Connors at 787.
Rafa made his entry into the top ten players in the world on April 25, 2005, as an 18-year-old, without ever leaving. A fact that can certainly surprise, given the propensity of the phenomenon of Palma de Mallorca to injuries, also because of his very physical style of play.
Federer is in third place in this ranking, with 734 consecutive weeks (his streak has already stopped), while Novak Djokovic is in sixth position (555, but he too will not be able to improve his data).