Rafael Nadal is invited after Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Roger Federer in the club of 1000. The Mallorcan picked Wednesday at Paris-Bercy his 1000th victory on the Circuit.
Rafael Nadal won 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 ahead of Feliciano Lopez (ATP 64) in the first round of the last Masters 1000 of the year. Barely in forehand for over an hour, the world No. 2 was able to count on a very efficient service so as not to really let his opponent believe that the feat was possible.
This thousandth victory, which comes more than eighteen years after the first against Paraguayan Ramon Delgado in Mallorca, anchors Rafael Nadal even more in history. Respectively with 274 and 242 victories of Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer, he can hope to surpass the 1068 victories of Ivan Lendl. This means a 1001st victory this Thursday against the Australian Jordan Thompson (ATP 61).