When it comes to breaking records, there’s no better player than Rafael Nadal. It was shown once more as the Spaniard became the first man in tennis history to reach at least the final 20 Masters 1000 tournaments on two different surfaces (20 on hard and 33 on clay).
Success came after 21-time Grand Slam champion defeated Carlos Alcaraz, an 18-year-old Spaniard, in a thrilling three-set match in the semifinals of the Indian Wells 2022 tournament. The Spaniard extended his 20 game winning streak while also reaching his 20th ATP Masters 1000 Hard Court Final.
Only two other members of the BIG 3 have progressed further than the Spaniard in terms of reaching the ATP Masters 1000 final. But again, this should come as no surprise as most of you surely saw it coming. With 33 trips to the summit showdown on sand, the 35-year-old has the most finals in history. Djokovic has reached the second most Masters 1000 final on clay with 18 appearances so far. With a total of 16 finals, Federer is in third place.
Rafael Nadal is now one win away from tying Novak Djokovic’s record 37 Masters 1000 titles in his career
Rafael Nadal will meet Taylor Fritz in the finals of the 53rd Masters on Sunday for fourth place Indian Wells title. At the moment, the 35-year-old has 36 ATP 1000 titlesone less than Novak Djokovics All-time record of 37 Masters wins. However, if Nadal wins the Indian Wells Open, he will move into exclusive possession of second place on the list of players with the most titles of the tournament. He will be one behind Roger Federer and Novak Djokovicwho all have five.
Also, he is currently tied for third place Michael Chang and Jimmy Connorswho have both won three titles.
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