Nadal Closes On Djokovic's Big Titles Haul
Spanish star wins, on average, a 'Big Title' every 3.4 times he competes at the level
Rafael Nadal has moved to within two 'Big Titles' of Novak Djokovic after he captured a 13th Roland Garros crown on Sunday. Victory over the Serbian saw Nadal draw level with all-time Grand Slam titles leader Roger Federer on 20 major championship singles trophies.
Nadal's 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 win in the Roland Garros final means that he moves to 56 'Big Titles', two shy of Djokovic (58). A 'Big Title' is a trophy at a Grand Slam championship, the Nitto ATP Finals, an ATP Masters 1000 tournament or an Olympic singles gold medal.
Nadal, a winner of 20 major championships, the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal and 35 ATP Masters 1000 trophies, has won on average one ‘Big Title’ every 3.4 tournaments played (56 of 188 events). Since the start of 2019, the 34-year-old has captured three Grand Slams and two Masters 1000 titles.
The Spaniard’s 'Big Titles' winning percentage is just 0.1 behind 33-year-old Djokovic, who has won every 3.3 events he plays at the level (58 of 191 events). Federer, 39, has a conversion rate of one 'Big Title' per 4.4 tournaments contested (54 of 237).
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Current and Former Champions' Big Titles Won (Records Since 1990)
|Player||Grand Slams||Nitto ATP Finals||1000s||Total^ (Avg)|
|Novak Djokovic||17/62||5/11||36/116||58/192 (3.3)|
|Rafael Nadal||20/59||0/8||35/119||56/188 (3.4)|
|Roger Federer||20/79||6/16||28/138||54/237 (4.4)|
|Pete Sampras||14/52||5/11||11/83||30/147 (4.9)|
|Andre Agassi||8/61||1/13||17/90||27/164 (6.1)|
|Andy Murray||3/50||1/8||14/100||20/161 (8.0)|
|Boris Becker*||2/26||2/6||5/51||9/84 (9.3)|
|Thomas Muster||1/29||0/4||8/53||9/87 (9.7)|
|Stefan Edberg**||3/28||0/4||4/45||7/79 (11.3)|
|Gustavo Kuerten||3/33||1/3||5/67||9/105 (11.6)|
|Jim Courier||4/38||0/4||5/71||9/114 (12.6)|
|Marcelo Rios||0/26||0/1||5/56||5/84 (16.8)|
|Marat Safin||2/41||0/3||5/87||7/133 (19)|
|Michael Chang***||0/50||0/6||7/86||7/144 (20.6)|
|Andy Roddick||1/46||0/6||5/75||6/129 (22.5)|
^ Includes Olympic Games gold medals and tournament participations
* Becker's four other Grand Slam titles came before 1990.
** Edberg's three other Grand Slam titles came before 1990.
*** Chang's one Grand Slam title came before 1990.
Did You Know?
Nadal is now just one match win away from becoming the fourth player to record 1,000 career victories. Only Jimmy Connors (1,274), Federer (1,242) and Ivan Lendl (1,068) have won more tour-level matches.