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Rafael Nadal wins 1,000th ATP Tour match with Paris Masters victory

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Rafael Nadal became only the fourth player to earn 1,000 Open Era singles victories on Wednesday, as he opened his title bid at the Rolex Paris Masters with a 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 comeback victory against Feliciano Lopez.

In his first match since he captured a record-extending 13th Roland Garros title last month, Nadal served 16 aces and saved three of four break points to make further history in the French capital. The Spaniard, who is chasing his first title at the Accor Arena, improved to 20-5 at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament.

“[Winning 1,000 matches] means that I am old. That means that I played well for such a very long time, because to achieve that number is because I have been playing well for a lot of years and [that] is something that makes me feel happy,” said Nadal.

“I just can say thank you very much to all the people that helped me and all the people that in any moment of my life helped me to be where I am.”

Nadal joins Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl in the exclusive 1,000 wins club. The 34-year-old earned his maiden tour-level victory at home against Ramon Delgado in Mallorca in 2002.

Most Open Era Singles Wins

RankPlayerWinsYears
1Jimmy Connors1,2741970-’95
2Roger Federer1,242Active
3Ivan Lendl1,0681978-’94
4Rafael Nadal1,000Active

Nadal snapped a two-match losing streak against Lopez and improved to 10-4 in his ATP Head2Head series against his countryman. Lopez claimed victories in his past two matches against Nadal at the 2014 Rolex Shanghai Masters and the 2015 Western & Southern Open.

“I started the match in the worst way possible, especially against a big server like Feli,” said Nadal. “After that, I played under a lot of pressure the rest of the match, but I found a way. That’s the main thing… This victory is one that I am very proud of. The personal satisfaction sometimes is bigger when you win these matches than if you go on court and you win 6-3, 6-3.”

Nadal is aiming to capture his first Rolex Paris Masters title. The 2007 runner-up has reached the quarter-finals or better in each of his previous seven tournament appearances.

The top seed’s comeback win marked the second time he has reached a notable win milestone in Paris. Nadal also earned his 900th tour-level victory in the French capital with a third-round win against Richard Gasquet at 2018 Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal’s Milestone Wins

Win No.OpponentYearEvent
1Ramon Delgado2002Mallorca
100Hugo Armando2005Stuttgart
200Juan Martin del Potro2007Miami
300Ivo Karlovic2008Queen’s Club
400Tomas Berdych2009Davis Cup
500Ivan Dodig2011Barcelona
600Juan Martin del Potro2013Indian Wells
700Martin Klizan2014Wimbledon
800Thomaz Bellucci2016Rio Olympics
900Richard Gasquet2018Roland Garros
1000Feliciano Lopez2020Paris

Nadal will face Jordan Thompson for a place in the quarter-finals. The Australian rallied from a set and a break down to overcome St. Petersburg runner-up Borna Coric 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

The 35-time Masters 1000 titlist opened the match with attacking intent, but he dropped his opening service game after committing multiple errors. Lopez was dominant behind his first serve (14/15) to maintain his advantage and claim the opening set.

Lopez served well under pressure and saved five break points to reach a second-set tie-break. In a close fought-tie-break, Nadal served with confidence and clinched the only mini-break at 3/3 by stepping in on his second serve return and rushing the net.

Nadal raised his game in the third set, as he found greater consistency on his forehand and began to dictate rallies. The Spaniard rushed his opponent by stepping in on his return in the opening game of the decider and claimed his place in the third round when Lopez struck a forehand approach into the net.

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Alexis Ohanian: Serena Williams’ Career Is Now At Stake

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Three years after marrying tennis icon Serena Williams, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has made a startling confession about his wife’s career.

 

 

In the pilot episode of American sitcom How I Met Your Mother, one of the characters poses an obscure theory about the perfect relationship.

Aptly labelled “The Olive Theory”, it’s believed partners are a great fit if they have vastly contrasting opinions on a particular topic. For example, if one person hates olives, then ideally the other loves them.

With this in mind, it should therefore come as no surprise that Serena Williams’ husband hated tennis before they met.

Speaking to CNN, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian conceded he never would have attended a tennis match if not for his wife’s career.

“I hated tennis for a long time, until I met my wife and tried to learn it,” Ohanian said.

“I am always a sports fan, and when I watched a final closely, I understood the privilege I had.

“Now I appreciate the world of tennis — I understand how the world of tennis is a difficult and intense world.

“In the world of technology we work really hard, but we have been naive since the work done by a professional tennis player, both physically and mentally, is absolutely on another level.”

Williams and Ohanian have been married since 2017, and the American superstar gave birth to their first child Alexis Olympia in September of that year.

Despite his initial preconceptions on the sport, Ohanian and his daughter are regularly spotted in the front row of tennis events, cheering on Williams.

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“I sat in the front row to see everything Serena does, to understand her role in the world and I discovered how different she is from others,” Ohanian said.

“I know how much she has worked for everything, not only as a woman but also as a black woman.

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“At the same time Olympia will never question all the great work her mother has done, and one day I will explain it to her, but I want to make her understand that I do my part too.”

Williams is a 23-time grand slam champion, one title shy of the all-time record held by Australian great Margaret Court.




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