The statistics behind Rafael Nadal's incredible ATP milestone victory

Rafael Nadal chalked up his 1,000th ATP Tour win on Wednesday, becoming one of only four men to reach the milestone.

He came back from a set down against Feliciano Lopez in the second round of the Paris Masters to win 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4, joining Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl in the exclusive 1,000-wins club.

It all started in 2002 when a 15-year-old Nadal defeated Paraguay’s Ramon Delgado in the first round of the Mallorca Open.

And it was somewhat fitting that his 1,000th win came in the city that hosts the tournament where he has won 13 Grand Slam titles.

One hundred of those victories came at Roland Garros – the most recent of which, over Novak Djokovic, saw him equal Federer’s all-time Grand Slam record.

But how has he racked up the rest of them?

The players he’s beaten most

It will come as no surprise that Nadal’s greatest rivals Federer and Djokovic are among the players he’s beaten the most, given how regularly they face off, with Djokovic coming in at No. 1.

Nadal has beaten the world No. 1 from Serbia 27 times, although Djokovic has picked up 29 wins against the left-hander from Spain.

In behind Djokovic is Nadal’s compatriot David Ferrer, whose 26 defeats were only accompanied by six wins, with Federer beaten 24 times for 16 wins.

Nadal’s most beaten opponents

27 – Djokovic
26 – Ferrer
24 – Federer
20 – Berdych
19 – Wawrinka
17 – Murray
17 – Verdasco
16 – Gasquet

Tomas Berdych is the only other player who has been beaten by Nadal 20 times or more – winning four encounters – with Andy Murray (17-7), Stan Wawrinka (19-3) and Fernando Verdasco (17-3) all suffering heavy head-to-head losses to the world No. 2.

None are quite as bad as poor old Richard Gasquet, though. The Frenchman has lost all 16 of his meetings with Nadal.

Surface breakdown

Nadal, dubbed the ‘King of Clay’, has won 445 of his 485 matches on his favoured surface but he has actually picked up more hard-court wins during his career.

That’s no great surprise given the majority of the season is played on a hard court and his 482 wins came from 617 matches.

He has two wins on carpet – against Radek Stepanek in the Davis Cup in 2004 and Ivo Karlovic in Milan in the same year – and 71 on grass.

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