The great ones never rest.
KING OF ROLAND GARROS! Rafael Nadal takes 8th French Open championship. Rafa is 1st man EVER to win 8 titles at same Grand Slam event.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 9, 2013
The 27-year-old Nadal has won 59 out of a possible 60 matches at Roland Garros, per Greg Garber of ESPN, which further bolsters his resume as one of the greatest tennis players in history—and arguably the best to ever compete on clay.
Even after asserting his dominance over his fellow Spaniard and earning his 12th Grand Slam singles title, Nadal could do nothing but look forward. From the Roland Garros Twitter account:
Nadal: "I need to keep winning if I want to have any chance of being no. 1 at the end of the season." #RG13— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) June 9, 2013
After missing a considerable amount of time due to a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee, it's no surprise that Rafa can't help but look forward to snagging the No. 1 ranking. Nadal certainly has some work to do, as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer sit atop the rankings ahead of him.
It is nice to stay in the moment, though.
At the mere age of 27, Nadal still has plenty of shelf life, and he proved that after returning from an injury that some didn't believe he could return to greatness from so soon.
Aside from Nadal's impeccable conditioning—think back to his four-and-a-half hour match versus Djokovic—even the Spaniard's competitors can see how focused and ready he is to continue his greatness. From the ATP World Tour Twitter account:
Already boasting 12 Grand Slam titles, Rafa has a chance to make tennis history by winning more titles than any other man to ever play the game. With youth and a slew of talent on his side, Nadal is poised to go down as arguably the greatest man to ever grace a tennis court.
If he can remain healthy and continue his rigorous training regimen, I wouldn't bet against Nadal.
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