RAFA NADAL celebrated his 1,000th Tour match with a 0-6 6-2 6-3 victory over German Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Miami Open last weekend.
World number 31 Kohlschreiber was superb as he took his first set against Spaniard Nadal to love in just 21 minutes. It was the first time Nadal had failed to win a game in the first set of an ATP Tour match since 2008 but the 30-year-old produced a typically gutsy comeback to claim his 822nd career victory and move into the quarter finals.
American Jimmy Connors is number one on the list of most matches played with an incredible 1535, so Rafa still has a long way to go to beat him.
However, speaking after the match, the 30 year old, fourteen time Grand Slam champion said “One thousand matches is a lot of matches. Obviously that’s good news because that says I am having a long career.” During a lot of years, I heard that I’m going to have a short career, so it’s something important for me. I remember the first match very well because it was at home in Mallorca. It was my first victory on the ATP and was a great feeling.”
Rafa Nadal joins the 1000 matches club