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The Seven Year Itch

Rafa Nadal has done it again. He beat the seven-year itch and conquered his seventh Paris Open trophy at Roland Garros yesterday, Monday, after Sunday’s final had to be interrupted because of rain, and continued on Monday. Nadal has won Roland Garros in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and now, 2012. Congratulations to the man from Manacor. Only Richard Sears, William Renshaw, William Larned, Bill Tilden and Pete Sampras have achieved a similar feat by winning the same Grand Slam seven times.

Yesterday’s win was Rafa’s 11th Grand Slam trophy. He has also won twice in Wimbledon (2008 and 2010), one Australian Open (2009) and one US Open (2010), apart from winning 21 Master Series titles, eight in Montecarlo (2005-2012), six in Roma (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012), two in Madrid (2005 and 2010), two in Indian Wells (2007 and 2009), two in Canada (2005 and 2008) and one in Hamburg (2008).

The list of Nadal’s tennis achievements would not be complete without mentioning his 17 ATP titles: seven Conde de Godó in Barcelona (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012), two in Stuttgart (2005 and 2007), one in Sopot (2004), one in Costa do Sauipe (2005), one in Peking (2005), one in Acapulco (2005), one in Bastad (2005), one in Dubai (2006), one at Queen’s (2008) and one in Tokyo (2010).

Rafa also won four Davis Cup trophies, in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011, as well as the Gold Medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

And the man has only just turned 26.

The photo was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of and the unnamed photographer.

Thank you very much.

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  1. Rafa is an absolute joy to watch and is, apparently, a truly nice guy to boot. Good to see the Ice Man (Bjon Borg) being there to join in the applause.

    • sorry david, the photo was borrowed from the internet. it was taken in 2008, not this week. borg was there last year; not sure he was in paris this final. of course, i wasn’t there. i watched it on telly.

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