Monday, June 11, 2012
Roland Garros Day 16: Le Roi
Player: Rafael Nadal
Current Ranking: 2
Notable Conquest: Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 1st)
Today's Result: win over Djokovic in four sets
Photo via FanIQ
52-1. That's Nadal's win-loss record at Roland Garros. He has played the tournament eight times and he has only lost one match. That's a breathtaking accomplishment. Someday, someone will eclipse Federer's 16 Slams. Someone will start a year better than Djokovic started 2011. But 52-1 over the first eight years at a Slam tournament - I have a hard time imagining that anyone will ever match that.
In recognition for all of the glory he has brought to his homeland, not to mention the fire and dignity which he brings to the world of sport, Rafael Nadal will lead the Spanish Olympic team at this summer's Opening Ceremony as flag bearer.