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Rafael Nadal French Open 2021

Stat Point: Nadal equals ATP record, French falter, and Americans improve

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Catch up on the latest facts and figures from the French Open with our stat summary for today, including another milestone for Nadal.

Nadal completes shared Big Three record

With his win over Richard Gasquet in the second round, Rafael Nadal extended his perfect winning record against the Frenchman to 17-0.

In doing so, the Spaniard equalled the ATP matchup record held by none other than Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who themselves have 17-0 win-loss records against David Ferrer and Gael Monfils respectively.

 

Even more disparaging for Gasquet, Nadal has claimed 31 sets in a row against him. In fact, the last time that Gasquet took a set off of Nadal was all the way back  in the quarter-finals of the Canadian Masters in 2008, thirteen years ago. That’s 12 matchups in a row without winning a set.

(stats compiled from ATPTour.com)

All the French out at home Slam  

French woes continue as the third round brought an unsightly statistic for the host’s competitors. For the first time ever in the Open Era, no French man or woman has made it to the third round of the singles at Roland Garros.

Gasquet was the last of 29 French athletes (18 men and 11 women) to fall before the third round, with only 3 men and 4 women even making it to the second round.

(stats sourced from ESPN.com and L’Equipe)

American men make best collective run for 25 years

At the other end of the national accomplishment spectrum, four American men made it to the third round of the French Open for the first time since 1996. John Isner, Marcos Giron, Reilly Opelka and Steve Johnson all reached the last 32 this year, but all but Isner are now out at time of publication.

The last time that number of men made it this far at Roland Garros, Pete Sampras claimed his best ever result in Paris, getting all the way to the semi-finals before losing to eventual champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

(stats compiled from ATPTour.com)

Zidansek recovers from embarrassment for impressive comeback win

Finally, an intriguing example of just how volatile tennis can be with its unique scoring system. Tamara Zidansek defeated Katerina Siniakova 0-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, and that first set is particularly interesting.

Zidansek only won six points in the first set, and only two on her own serve, with the remainder coming while receiving, including one as a result of a Siniakova double fault.

(stats compiled from Flashscore.com)


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