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Nadal's Clay-Court Dominance

Nadal© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal is the 11th player to own at least 300 clay-court wins on the ATP World Tour.

ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko looks at the numbers behind the stories of the ATP World Tour, examining Rafael Nadal's dominance on clay.

NADAL'S REIGN ON CLAY – The Spaniard has the best winning percentage on clay in the Open Era with a 300-21 record (.934) and owns a 43-6 in clay finals. Since 2005, Nadal has compiled a 275-11 clay-court record (.961) on the ATP World Tour, never losing more than two matches in a season during that stretch:

Year
W-L
Clay Finals W-L
2014
7-0
1-0
2013
39-2
6-2 (l to Zeballos, Djokovic)
2012
23-1
4-0
2011
28-2
3-2 (l. to Djokovic twice)
2010
22-0
4-0
2009
24-2
3-1 (l. to Federer)
2008
24-1
4-0
2007
31-1
5-1 (l. to Federer)
2006
26-0
4-0
2005
50-2
8-0
2004
14-3
1-0
2003
11-6
0-0
2002
1-1
0-0

Note: Nadal has lost to only three players in clay-court finals: Djokovic (three times), Federer (twice) and Zeballos.

300-WINS CLUB ON CLAY – Nadal is the 11th player in the Open Era to win at least 300 matches on the surface. Countryman Carlos Moya was the last player to notch at least 300 clay victories, achieving the feat in 2007. Here are the all-time leaders in clay-court wins:

Player
W-L
Pct.
Titles
1
644-163
.798
46
2
489-147
.769
30
3
422-127
.769
40
4
376-164
.696
15
5
368-127
.743
14
6
337-143
.702
16
7
329-75
.814
28
8
327-96
.773
27
9
322-138
.700
16
10
301-88
.774
21
11
300-21
.934
43

CLAY COURT TITLES LIST – Nadal is No. 2 in the Open Era clay-court titles leaders list:

Player
Titles
1
46
2
43
3
40
4
30
4
30

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1. Rafael Nadal .893 .930
2. Bjorn Borg .000 .863
3. Ivan Lendl .000 .814
4. Ken Rosewall .000 .799
5. Guillermo Vilas .000 .798

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