Rafael Nadal enters exclusive ‘Club 300’ alongside Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic

The 21-time Major winner Rafael Nadal is through to the fourth round at Roland Garros for the 17th time in 18 appearances. Rafa made his Major debut at Wimbledon 2003, passing two obstacles and becoming one of the youngest players in the third round in the cathedral of tennis. Teo years later, Nadal claimed his first Major crown at Roland Garros a couple of days after turning 19, writing history as the last teenager with a Major trophy. Rafa has been among the players to beat at the most significant scene in the past 18 seasons, improving his game and rising above injuries to remain competitive in the GOAT race. Nadal has won at least one Major title in 15 different seasons, and he owns a couple of outstanding records at the highest level. The Spaniard delivered his 300th Major win in the Roland Garros second round a couple of days ago, becoming the third player to achieve that after Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal earned the 300th Major victory at Roland Garros.

Rafa earned the milestone victory against Corentin Moutet during the night session on Court Philippe-Chatrier. Nadal defeated Moutet 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to join Federer and Djokovic on a massive achievement. Rafa got broken twice and delivered seven breaks from 12 opportunities to enter the ‘Club 300.’ Rafa fired 27 winners and 22 unforced errors and forged the victory in the mid-range exchanges from five to eight shots. The Spaniard grabbed an early break in the encounter’s second game after Moutet’s double fault. Both players served well after that, and Nadal held at 30 in game nine for 6-3.

Rafa fired a forehand crosscourt winner in the second set’s first game to extend the advantage. He broke again at 2-0 with a forehand down the line winner and held in the next one for 4-0. Rafa placed a drop shot winner in the seventh game to deliver his third break and move 6-3, 6-1 up in 80 minutes. Corentin broke at the beginning of the third set and moved 2-0 ahead for some boost. He netted a forehand in the fourth game to lose serve and bring Rafa back to 2-2. Nadal built the advantage with a break at love in game eight after a volley winner at the net. The Spaniard served for the victory at 5-3 but netted a backhand to get broken. Corentin got a second chance, but it was not to be for him, as Rafa broke him at 15 in game ten to seal the deal.