Rafael Nadal & Bjorn Borg
Rafael Rafa Nadal Parera (born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player and a former World No. Björn Rune Borg (born 6 June 1956) is a former world no. 1 tennis player from Sweden. Between 1974 and 1981 he won 11 Grand Slam singles titles. /5
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After only Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg has had the highest percent of matches won in the ATP Open Era.
Nick Kyrgios beat Rafael Nadal and it was also 40 years ago TODAY that Bjorn Borg had his earliest loss v El Shafei 6-2 6-3 6-1
Rafael Nadal is congratulated by six-time winner Bjorn Borg (AP)
His name is better known in connection with the exploits of Rafael Nadal and Bjorn Borg, but Roland Garros excelled in a world thousands of feet above the clay-covered courts of Paris which bear his name.
Rafael Nadal and Bjorn Borg are the French Open standards of the Open Era. But how dominant were they in their very best years?
I just played as Bjorn Borg against Rafael Nadal in the Daily Challenge
RIO OPEN PRESENTED BY CLARO HDTV 2014 Nadal Captures 62nd Title In Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by ATP Staff | 23.02.2014 Nadal © RioOpen/FOTOJUMP Rafael Nadal wins his third title in Brazil. World No. 1 Rafael Nadal claimed his 62nd tour-level title on Sunday as he defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6(3) in the final of the inaugural Rio Open Presented by Claro hdtv. The Spaniard moved up to joint-seventh with Guillermo Vilas in the Open Era title leaders list. He is two trophies behind fifth-placed Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras. The victory in Rio de Janeiro earned him 500 Emirates ATP Ranking points and $316,400 in prize money. The 27-year-old Nadal is undefeated on Brazilian soil. He also won titles in Costa do Sauipe in 2005 (d. A. Martin) and in Sao Paulo last year (d. Nalbandian). This week marked the first time a World No. 1 had played in Brazil since 2001, when home favourite Gustavo Kuerten competed in Costa do Sauipe. Nadal had saved two match points to overcome countryman Pablo Andujar in an ent ...
A 13-time major champion and arguably the greatest Clay Court player of all time, Rafael Nadal became the first man to win a Grand Slam tournament eight times when he beat David Ferrer in the 2013 Roland Garros final. He is the first man to win at least one Grand Slam title for nine consecutive years. Nadal won four straight French Open titles from 2005 to 2008. Nadal repeated as Roland Garros champion from 2010-2013. He compiled a 31-0 record at Roland Garros until his stunning loss to Robin Soderling in the round of 16 in 2009, which remains his only loss in a best-of-five set clay-court match. From April 2005 through May 2007, Nadal won 81 consecutive matches on clay, a single-surface winning streak that stands as an Open Era record. Nadal defeated his rival Roger Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final, considered one of the greatest matches of all time, and in doing so became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year. Nadal also defeated Federer to wi ...
Remembering the greats I grew up 'knowing' in Tennis, the great Bjorn Borg, Martina Navratilova, John Mcenroe, and the very young Boris Becker...and then Steffi Graff, and our own Nduka Odizor, the man who went the distance in the Davis Cup..wasn't old enough in the days of Arthur Ashe, only read about him...then came Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Serena and Venus Williams...and the model/player girl...her name skips now... I'm a fan of Djokovic and the dashing Spaniard, Rafael Nadal...wishing Nigerians will develop some passion for the beautiful game...this game doesn't encourage any ojoros, its about raw power, skills and tactical intelligence.TENNIS
NADAL WEATHERS GAEL-FORCE STORM FOR DOHA CROWN: Rafael Nadal crafted an impressive performance in Saturday’s final of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, opening his 2014 campaign with his 61st career title on the ATP World Tour. The Spaniard needed three sets and just under two hours to claim victory over a resilient Gael Monfils, clinching his maiden Doha title in his sixth trip to the desert metropolis. Nadal won 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-2. With former World No. 1 Mats Wilander and 2002 Doha champion Younes El Aynaoui looking on, the Spaniard captured his first title of the young season, passing Andre Agassi for sole ownership of the eighth spot in the list of most Open Era titles on the ATP World Tour. The 2010 runner-up also claimed sole possession of the 13th position in the all-time ATP World Tour match wins list with 663 victories, supplanting Michael Chang. Nadal, who has now won titles in 17 different countries, said, "Every victory is important and the title today means a lot to me. It is the first time in my c ...
The Best of The Best by Oscar Wegner Roger Federer is still full of promise. His recent performances reveal that he is in great shape and playing close with Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal. All he needs to do is fix a few mishaps on his forehand and regain the confidence in what was at one time the best forehand in the world. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro are superb performers, but Roger, technically, is still the best player that ever lived, while Serena is his female counterpart. I had the privilege to practice or compete with several generation players, from Pancho Gonzalez, Rod Laver, to John Newcombe and more, and coached Guga Kuerten and Bjorn Borg for his second comeback. None were as complete and as gifted as Roger. He has a new dimension of efficiency and natural use of the body for every tennis task. I would venture that if he can get rid of a few misconceptions that have impaired his timing and strokes, he could be, in 2014, on the driver's seat once more. An ...
Rafael Nadal needs to win just one match to be year end world no1,and usurp Bjorn Borg weeks at no1.
Rafael Nadal beats David Ferrer 6-3 6-2 and needs to win just ONE match to be Year End World No1, and overtake Bjorn Borg weeks at no1
Champions paid tribute to generations past and present as an unprecedented gathering of No. 1s took place at the ATP Heritage programme's No. 1 Celebration on Friday night. The event, which took place at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Emirates ATP Rankings. Ilie Nastase, who became the first ATP World No. 1 on 23 August 1973, was present to be honoured on the night, along with successors John Newcombe, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, John Mcenroe, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Jim Courier, Marcelo Rios, Carlos Moya, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Gustavo Kuerten, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The four decades' worth of No. 1s shared a stage - and some fond memories as well. View Photo Gallery Reflecting on what it means to hold the No. 1 ranking, Djokovic said, "It's definitely an ultimate goal for every athlete, not just tennis players. "Growing up, in early childhood, you are inspir ...
Move over Bjorn Borg, one of my heroes, cuz RAFAEL NADAL JUST WON HIS 8TH French Open! Rafa now must be considered best ever on clay! Bravo Rafa!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS Katie Taylor, boxing champion who won Olympic gold, is 27. Charlie Watts, drummer with the Rolling Stones, is 72. Mark Lawrenson, ex-Liverpool and Ireland footballer, is 56. Tony Hadley, singer with Spandau Ballet, is 53. Stacy Keach, American actor, is 72. Sally Kellerman, actress best known as 'Hot Lips' in M*A*S*H, is 76. Keith Allen, comedian, is 60. MONDAY Suzi Quatro, singer/bassist, is 63. Penelope Wilton, actress who starred in Downton Abbey, is 67. Hale Irwin, American golfer, is 68. Ian Hunter, Mott the Hoople singer, is 74. Raul Castro, Cuban President, is 82. Kelly Jones, Stereophonics singer, is 39. Rafael Nadal, Spanish tennis player, is 27. TUESDAY John Treacy, Olympic silver medalist in 1984, is 56. Russell Brand, comedian, is 38. Alan Stanford, actor/director, is 64. Angelina Jolie, actress, is 38. Michelle Phillips, singer with the Mamas and Papas, is 69. Dr Ruth Westheimer, sex therapist, is 85. WEDNESDAY Colm CT Wilkinson, singer, is 69. Mark Wahlberg, singer/ act ...
Rafael Nadal calls the French Open scheduling "unfair" and "a joke" after his second-round victory over Martin Klizan.
PARIS (AP) -- A look at 10 of the top topics at the French Open, the clay-court Grand Slam tennis tournament that begins Sunday and ends June 9: 1. WHY STOP AT SEVEN? Rafael Nadal already owns a record seven French Open titles - he broke a tie with Bjorn Borg by winning last year - and is widely considered the favorite to add No. 8. He is 36-2 this season, reaching the finals of all eight tournaments he's entered, winning six. And he's as good as it gets on red clay. 2. IF HE'S SO GOOD, WHY WASN'T NADAL SEEDED NO. 1? After a surprising second-round loss at Wimbledon last year, Nadal was off the tour for a little more than seven months with a knee injury, missing the last two Grand Slam tournaments and every other event - and missing out on the ranking points they offer. So he slid down to a current ranking of No. 4, and is seeded No. 3 because of second-ranked Andy Murray's withdrawal. While the French Open would have been allowed to bump Nadal higher, it chose instead to stick to its policy of strictly a ...
Much of the talk of this year’s French Open revolves around whether Rafael Nadal will win his seventh title in Paris, surpassing Bjorn Borg. If he does it will be tough to argue against him being the best male clay player of all time. But there could be a debate whether he’s the most dominant player...
Nadal has chance to make history By SAPA Paris – Rafael Nadal can become the first man to win the same Grand Slam title eight times at the French Open with few willing to risk talking down the rejuvenated Spaniard's chances. Having pulled clear of Bjorn Borg's record of six wins at Roland Garros with a seventh championship in 2012, the 26-year-old has already confounded the critics who had written him off during a seventh-month injury absence. Since his return to the tour in February, Nadal has shaken off the heartbreak of missing the Olympics, as well as the US and Australian Opens, to collect six titles from eight finals. Super-charged by that astonishing run, Nadal now has the opportunity to genuinely confirm himself as one of the greats of the sport. No man has ever collected more than seven titles at the same major. Roy Emerson, with six, is the Australian Open's most successful while William Renshaw, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer all triumphed at Wimbledon seven times each. Bill Larned, Bill Tild ...
John Mcenroe unsurprisingly agrees with the conventional wisdom about who will win the French Open. Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, of course, McEnroe said on a conference call for Tennis Channel looking
BORG: 'NADAL IS AN ARTIST!' Despite the fact that he had his record of French Open titles stolen by the Spaniard last year, Björn Borg is fulsome in his praise of Rafael Nadal, who added a seventh crown to his incredible record last year. The Swede, a six-time winner in Paris, not only warmly congratulated Nadal on his seventh Roland Garros success but hopes that the Matador from Manacor will go on to win many more. And with Rafa having just bagged his 55th title at the ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid (and 40th on clay no less), he is in pole position according to Borg to make it eight triumphs at the Porte d'Auteuil in a few weeks' time. Yes, Borg is what you could call an unconditional Nadal fan… Björn, what do you think of the Big Four (Djokovic, Federer, Murray and Nadal) who are currently dominating men's tennis? First of all, I'd like to say that I'm delighted that Nadal is back, that he is playing again at last. He's a very important figure for tennis in general. He has a really strong personality a ...
The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006, is played on clay. The tournament is a player and fan favourite due to its magnificent location and long tradition of tennis champions, with Bjorn Borg, Thomas Muster, Gustavo Kuerten, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Rafael Nadal...
The Real Roger Federer Fan Group, Ryma Federer, Chris Be, Aabhas Dole AWESOME ARTICLE: In Federer, tennis has produced one of the most complete examples of greatness. The striking thing about him is the combination of beauty and consistency. Federer brings together the artistry, grace and joie de vivre of the perfect amateur, and yet the relentlessness and durability of the ultimate pro. He is like David Gower and Don Bradman rolled into one. Federer's greatness is both "high" and "broad". His play in 2006 and 2007 is often held up as the high-water mark of tennis. But most sportsmen who enjoy such total mastery tend to give up early. Bjorn Borg retired at 26, the Welsh flyhalf Barry John quit at 27, Bobby Jones Jr gave up elite golf at 28. As soon as the magic fades, they rush for the exit. Not Federer. He was overtaken as No. 1 by first Rafael Nadal, then Novak Djokovic. But Federer reeled them both in, regaining his No. 1 spot (for a while) in 2012. Many tennis insiders rate Federer's resilience as a m ...
Zeenews Sports Bureau Paris: Novak Djokovic, who rose to glory in 2011, became the World No. 1, yet he managed to reach the final of the Roland-Garros for the first time in his career only in this year. Here are top 10 interesting facts about the intriguing encounter. • Rafael Nadal has now won French Open for record seven times. He surpassed legend Bjorn Borg who won the tournament six times. Rafa now shares the feat with former women tennis player Chris Evert, who won the women’s singles Roland-Garros seven times. • Nadal ended Djoker’s 27-match winning streak in Grand Slams, which was just two wins short of Rod Laver’s tally who won 29 in a row from the start of the Australian Open in 1969 through to Wimbledon 1970. • Nadal and Djokovic were facing each other in the fourth consecutive Grand Slam final, which is also an Open Era record. • It was for the first time that the French Open did not finish on the allotted Sunday, as the match was suspended due to rain. • Djoker became the only ...
Author and tennis historian Steve Flink profiles and ranks the greatest tennis matches in the history of the sport. Roger Federer, Billie Jean King, Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg, John Mcenroe, Martina Navratilova, Rod Laver, and Chris Evert are all featured in this book that breaks down, analyzes, an...
Rafael Nadal won his record-setting seventh French Open title on Sunday, defeating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in the rain delayed final of a band with Bjorn Borg for break the most titles won in the major gravel.
Seven Doomed Men by Pete Bodo Rafael Nadal needs scant promotion as the start of the French Open bears down on us. Any doubts about Nadal's future as the man with a stranglehold (instead of that familiar, playful bite) on the French Open trophy were laid to rest these past few weeks. All that talk about Novak Djokovic pulling the clay out from under Nadal's feet? Oh, how quaintly 2011 it was. That particular threat has been dismissed as if by one of those wicked Nadal forehand cuts that ends with a helicopter flourish. So here we are again, with absolutely nothing to suggest that Rafa won't sashay out there next week and inflict a painful whipping on the first of the seven doomed men he will dismiss en route to his seventh Roland Garros title. That would break his tie with Bjorn Borg (six titles in eight appearances), and also allow Nadal to build on his superior winning percentage. We used to marvel at the fact that Borg lost just two matches in those eight tournaments at Roland Garros (as if that weren' ...
Rafael Nadal trounces Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros Finals. Becomes the first man to bag the French Open title seven times, surpassing Bjorn Borg. HURRAY and BRAVO KING RAFA!
Rafael Nadal completed a four-set victory over World No. 1 Novak Djokovic today to win the French Open, his record seventh title at the Paris event, breaking a tie with Bjorn Borg.
Congrats to my boy Rafael Nadal on winning his 7th French Open which breaks Bjorn Borgs record of 6French Open titles. Rafael now has 11 Grand Slams which ties him with Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg. Roger Federer has 16 grandslams and Pete Sampras has 14 Grand Slams. Nadal,Federer, and Djokavic are the top 3players in the world.
Rafael Nadal bites the cup after defeating Novak Djokovic in the French Open final. Nadal passes Bjorn Borg as the all-time record-holder for French Open titles. (AP Photo)
Rafael Nadal overtook Bjorn Borg, who won six Roland Garros titles, and ended Djokovic's hopes of becoming the third man to win four consecutive Grand Slams.
congratulations to Rafael Nadal who today surpassed my boyhood tennis idol Bjorn Borg in French Open titles. Besides Borg my other boyhood tennis idol was John Lucas -- can you guess why?
Rafael Nadal is officially the after beating Novak Djokovic in the final and exceeding Bjorn Borg's record.
Rafael Nadal enters seventh heaven!! 7th French Open title!!eclipses the great Bjorn Borg's record of six titles!! Tough player to beat on Clay Court though, Djokovic misses out on holding all the Grand Slams at a time!! Tough Luck!!
Congrats! Rafael Nadal for winning Roland Garros breaking Bjorn Borg's record for most event titles with seven He's the man!
Rafael Nadal - 7 time French Open Champion, bettered Bjorn Borg's record The master of Clay Court - remains unmatchable
Rafael Nadal surpasses Bjorn Borg who won the French Open six times
O_o™ Rafael Nadal the king of Clay ready to break the record of the great Bjorn Borg!
Surely no way back for Novak Djokovic now. Rafael Nadal takes the 2nd and needs one more to break Bjorn Borg's record.
Something big is going to happen on Sunday to either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, two men in a league of their own pursuing enormous slices of tennis history. Either Nadal is going to overtake Bjorn Borg's total of six Roland Garros titles or Djokovic is going to be the first man in 43 yrs to be the holder of all four Grand Slam titles. Although Nadal is favorite, my heart goes out for Djokovic
yo Rafael Nadal,time to equal Björn Borg,n the signs are ominous.in the final widout dropping a set.:)
Rafael Nadal has chance at history on French Open clay Paris: It was a private art exhibition on the Left Bank, but it looked more like a rugby scrum in the Stade de France as the pack surrounding Rafael Nadal pushed and pulled for prime position. From a safe vantage point across the increasingly overheated gallery, Nadal was obscured from view as he worked his way from painting to painting Frid...ay night, but it was easy to follow his progress with the cellphone screens and iPads that the crowd was holding aloft. Bjorn Borg said recently that he felt today's tennis stars had an edge over his generation in that they were more protected from the public. Borg might have changed his mind watching this scene. Finally, Nadal emerged, sweatier than after some of his more straightforward tennis matches, to the safer haven of a series of interviews. "Man, I could use something to drink," he said. No other male tennis player except Borg has matched Nadal's body of work in Paris, and by the time this French Open e ...
Rafael Nadal is chasing Bjorn Borg, Novak Djokovic is eyeing tennis history, while free-rolling Roger Federer is hoping to trump both his two great rivals. Welcome to the 2012 French Open-;)
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Rafael Nadal : "To equal Bjorn Borg is very special, it's an honour to be compared to him but the most important thing is to win the French"
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