Rafael Nadal tops the charts with 99 Masters 1000 quarter-finals, leaving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer behind. After missing the feat in Cincinnati, the Spaniard will have a chance to fight for the milestone 100th Masters 1000 quarter-final next week in Paris.
Rafa returns to action for the first time since the US Open, recovering from an abdominal injury and hoping to compete at his best in Paris and Turin. Nadal is yet to win a Masters 1000 title this year, losing the Indian Wells final to Taylor Fritz and not playing well in Madrid and Rome.
The Spaniard skipped Miami, Monte Carlo and the Canada Masters and will have one last chance to lift the trophy in Paris. First, the 22-time Major winner will try to achieve an incredible milestone and become the first player with 100 Masters 1000 quarter-finals.
Nadal’s first Masters 1000 quarter-final came in Miami 2005 at 18. It could have come earlier, but the Spaniard struggled with injuries in 2004 and did not play at his best. Everything worked well for Rafa at the start of 2005, and he reached his first Masters 1000 final in Florida, standing two points from beating Roger Federer.
Nadal would reach four more quarter-finals by the end of the season, conquering all those tournaments and finishing the season with incredible four Masters 1000 trophies! Rafa added five more quarter-finals in 2006 and counted eight in 2007 and 2008!
Rafael Nadal stands on 99 Masters 1000 quarter-finals.
Nadal was already among the finest Masters 1000 players by 22, and things would only become greater for him after reaching all nine quarter-finals in 2009! Nadal had notable runs in 2010 and 2011 before slowing down a bit in 2012, with four quarter-finals and two titles on his tally.
Rafa made an incredible comeback in 2013 and claimed four consecutive titles. The upcoming three seasons could have been better for the grand champion, struggling with injuries and barely staying inside the top-10. Nadal collected seven quarter-finals in 2017 and grabbed six in 2019.
The previous three seasons have not been that good, with only seven quarter-finals since the start of 2020. Still, it was enough to propel Rafa toward 99, wishing for the milestone 100th next week in Paris, where he never lost before the quarter -final stage.
Nadal will play his first singles tournament since the US Open, resting his body after an injury and hoping for a strong finish in Paris and Turin.