Nadal Records 200th Grand Slam Match Win

Spanish superstar notches a milestone win

Nine-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal became the eighth player in tennis history to record 200 Grand Slam match wins on Thursday in Paris.

Nadal, who will celebrate his 30th birthday on 3 June, improved to 200-30 lifetime at the four major championships by beating Facundo Bagnis 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 in one hour and 46 minutes for a place in the third round. He committed 18 unforced errors.

ALL-TIME MOST GRAND SLAM MATCH WINS

Player
Win-Loss Record
302-50
233-49
224-53
Ivan Lendl (CZE/USA)
222-49
Roy Emerson (AUS) 217-48
Novak Djokovic (SRB) 216-34
Pete Sampras (USA) 203-38
Rafael Nadal (ESP) 200-30
Stefan Edberg (SWE) 178-47
171-34

Nadal lost the first three points of the match, as Bagnis broke to 30 in the Court Philippe Chatrier encounter. But Nadal was able to work his way back with five straight games for a 5-2 lead. He then won nine straight games, from a 5-3 lead in the first set to a 2-0 advantage in the third set. The Spaniard could not convert one match point opportunity at 5-2, advantage.

Nadal is now also four victories shy of notching 800 career match wins (796-168). He is 72-2 lifetime on the clay courts of Roland Garros.

He will next play fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers. Nadal leads Granollers 4-0 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry.

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Seventh seed Tomas Berdych struck 32 winners, including 11 aces, to knock out Malek Jaziri 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 for a place in the third round for the sixth time. "It was a good test," said Berdych. "I managed it well. I think it's good to have matches like that, and just get through it."

Berdych goes onto face No. 25 seed Pablo Cuevas, who defeated wild card and #NextGen star Quetin Halys 7-6(4), 6-3, 7-6(6). Cuevas saved a set point in the third set tie-break, down 5/6. Cuevas beat Berdych in their only previous meeting last October at the ATP World Tour 500 event in Beijing.

"I'm expecting to have a tough battle," said Berdych. "Especially on clay, he's a very dangerous player. I'm going to have to push myself and re-focus again."

Dominic Thiem, the No. 13 seed, reached the third round at Roland Garros for the first time in his career by prevailing over veteran Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(3). A backhand volley winner wrapped up the match for the young Austrian, who has won three ATP World Tour titles this year. He'll look to keep his run going against #NextGen star Alexander Zverev.

"It's going to be our third match in just four weeks - Munich, Nice and here," said Thiem. "We are good friends. He's an excellent player, so it's going to be a real tough match on Saturday for me. For him, too, I hope."

David Ferrer reached the third round at Roland Garros for the 12th consecutive year, battling past Argentine Juan Monaco 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in three hours and 13 minutes. The Spaniard broke Monaco two times in the fourth set to seal the win.

Ferrer will play 34-year-old countryman Feliciano Lopez in the third round. Lopez, the No. 21 seed, who produced his best performance on Parisian clay in 2004 (l. to Kuerten in the fourth round), hit 15 aces in a 6-3, 7-6(8), 6-3 victory over Victor Estrella Burgos.

"I will play the same way that I played tonight and two days ago, try and play my game," Ferrer said.

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