Many records in sports are made and constantly improved. Many new great players emerge who improve the great records set by previous champions. It is how the record books in the game are written and re-written. However, some of the great tennis records are extremely difficult to equal and surpass. We tell you about two such greats records in this game that look impossible to be ever touched or surpassed. These include Rafael Nadal’s French Open master-class and Steffi Graf’s unique feat in the year 1988.
Nadal’s French Open Performance
The Grand Slams have witnessed many great tennis records being registered. In the last 15 years, Rafael Nadal has uniquely dominated the French Open championships. Any player has never set such great tennis records on any surface. Rafa has the near-perfect winning record at Roland Garros. He has lost only two matches and won 93 there. It has given him the title King of Clay.
Rafa won his first French Open in 2005 in his maiden attempt as a teenager. He then kept winning and has so far been the 12 times Roland Garros champion. The Spaniard’s domination on the red clay refuses to decrease. He has been winning three back to back titles there since 2017. The current world number 2 may lift 15 or more French championships before retiring. It is one of the great tennis records that may remain untouched for a long time.
Rafa continues to reign strong on tour even after passing the age of 30. He has slightly modified his game-style to ensure longevity in the game. This Spanish great has won 19 Grand Slams so far. He stands at a touching distance by equalling or even improving familiar foe Roger Federer’s 20 majors. It would be another among the great tennis records the Nadal can own.
Steffi Graf’s 1988 Heroics: Tennis Records
In the year 1988, a young German star truly announced her talent on the WTA scene. Steffi Graf not only won all 4 Grand Slam titles that season but did even more. She also reigned supreme in the Olympic Games to win the Gold Medal for her country. It has been called the Golden Slam in tennis terminology. It is one of the rarest and great tennis records never achieved before or after that. This record is unlikely to be touched again as the Olympics are played once in four years.
Graf had a season of her life in 1988. She played 14 tournaments in total and made it to the finals in 12 of them. Steffi lifted 11 trophies losing in just one final. Her win-loss numbers that year stood at the staggering 72 victories to just 3 defeats. Graf soon became world number 1 and continued to dominate the game for the next decade. She created many great tennis records in her career which would include 18 singles Grand Slam titles and being world number 1 for 377 weeks.
Steffi was highly consistent on all four slams, winning them each four times, which is also one of her great tennis records. Her intense rivalry with Monica Seles on the tennis courts was a joy to watch.