Roland-Garros 2022: How many matches has Rafael Nadal lost in his career at Roland-Garros?

With 13 Roland-Garros titles to his name in his illustrious career, current world number four and ‘King of the Clay’ Rafael Nadal will have another shot at victory at Roland-Garros when the first round of the tournament will begin on Sunday.

After falling to both Denis Shapovalov and Carlos Alcaraz on clay in the build-up to Roland Garros in recent weeks, question marks are starting to linger over Nadal’s ability to go the distance in Paris this time around. -this.

That said, with a phenomenal return of 105 wins in 108 Grand Slam outings on clay, Nadal has only lost three times in this championship since winning his first title in 2005 when he was only 19 years old.

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Against whom has Rafael Nadal already lost at Roland-Garros?

Only two different players have beaten Nadal at Roland Garros in his career so far.

Novak Djokovic has gotten the better of Nadal twice on clay at Roland Garros, although perhaps that’s unsurprising given the Serbian was ranked world number one in men’s tennis for almost 400 weeks at the course of his career.

Djokovic beat Nadal in straight sets in the quarter-finals but was denied a first trophy in Paris when he lost to Stan Wawrinka in the final.

Sweden’s Robin Soderling also shocked the Spaniard in the fourth round in 2009 to deprive Nadal of a fifth consecutive French Open title at the time. Roger Federer would win his first and only Roland-Garros title that year.

The only other time Nadal entered the French Open and failed to win was in 2016, when he was forced to pull out of the tournament due to a wrist injury before his match. third round. Djokovic finally got his hands on the trophy that year, beating Andy Murray in the final.

Robin Soderling: Fourth Round, 2009

At first glance, this might seem like a huge upset in the context of Roland Garros as the towering Swede beat Nadal in a thrilling five-set fight.

In fact, with rumors circulating that the Mallorca native was struggling with injuries throughout the tournament and given Soderling’s fantastic form that year which saw him reach the final at Roland Garros, Nadal’s fourth-round loss wasn’t as seismic as some might make it out to be. suppose at first glance.

That said, the loss turned out to be Nadal’s first defeat at Roland Garros having won his 31 consecutive matches previously, while it was also his first five-set defeat on clay throughout the season. his career.

His response to defeat was to win each of the next five titles in Paris, a run that lasted from 2010 to 2014.

Novak Djokovic: quarter-finals, 2015

Nadal’s next defeat came in 2015 against Djokovic who, unlike Soderling before, was heavily favored for his clash with the Spaniard that year.

A straight-set victory for Djokovic really underlined his rise to dominance in the men’s game. Although he would lose the final to Wawrinka, Djokovic got his hands on the trophy a year later.

Ahead of the 2015 tournament, Nadal had also revealed in an interview with Spanish outlet El Mundo that he was suffering from anxiety due to several injuries sustained prior to his appearance at Roland Garros, which probably amounted to a rather little game. competitive.

Novak Djokovic: Semi-final, 2021

After four more impressive victories at Roland Garros between 2017 and 2020, Nadal would again fall to Djokovic, this time in the semi-finals last year.

Despite beating the Serb 6-3 in the opening set, Djokovic would come roaring back to win the next three en route to the second French Open title of his career.

The COVID-19 pandemic saw reduced crowds who had to leave the Philippe-Chatrier court early to comply with protocols in place across France at the time. However, as that game dragged on, President Emmanuel Macron personally called the venue to allow fans to stay later to watch Djokovic finally lift the trophy as he became the first open-era male player to win. the four major tournaments at least twice.

Rafael Nadal’s Complete Roland-Garros Record

Year Results Opponent Match result
2005 Winner in the final mariano puerta 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-1, 7-5
2006 Winner in the final Roger Federer 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
2007 Winner in the final Roger Federer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2008 Winner in the final Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3, 6-0
2009 Lost in the fourth round Robin Soderling 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-7 (2-7)
2010 Winner in the final Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
2011 Winner in the final Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-1
2012 Winner in the final Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
2013 Winner in the final David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
2014 Winner in the final Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4
2015 Quarter-final loss Novak Djokovic 5-7, 3-6, 1-6
2016 Withdrawn before the third round Marcel Granollers Easy victory
2017 Winner in the final Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1
2018 Winner in the final Dominique Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
2019 Winner in the final Dominique Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
2020 Winner in the final Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5
2021 Lost in the semi-finals Novak Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (4-7), 2-6

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