Rafael Nadal won his 200th Grand Slam match, defeating Argentine Facundo Bagnis 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 at Roland Garros. Nadal, seeded number 4, has bigger things on his mind than a nice round number like 200, even if it puts him in very elite company. That’s because Nadal is himself already the definition of elite company. He’s in Paris to try to claim his 10th French Open title, which is — to use a colloquialism — insane. No player has ever shown comparable dominance at a single venue. And Nadal looks poised to make a run, roaring back this year after an injury-plagued campaign in 2015.
Nadal will be preparing for his third round match against fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers, against whom Nadal owns a 4-0 record. Nadal hasn’t gone past the third round in any of his last three Slams, so he won’t take anything lightly. But if he does take a moment to consider his accomplishment, he can consider the other seven players who have won 200 Grand Slam matches.
- Roger Federer, 302 Grand Slam wins
- Jimmy Connors, 233 Grand Slam wins
- Andre Agassi, 224 Grand Slam wins
- Ivan Lendl, 222 Grand Slam wins
- Roy Emerson, 217 Grand Slam wins
- Novak Djokovic, 216* Grand Slam wins
- Pete Sampras, 203 Grand Slam wins
- Rafael Nadal, 200* Grand Slam wins
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