By Lisa-Marie Burrows
Rafael Nadal achieved on Monday what no man has ever been able to do before at Roland Garros – win seven titles on the Parisian red clay. Nadal has now matched the Grand Slam records of Rod Laver and Björn Borg with his 11 Grand Slam titles, but who else stands before him on his route to climbing to the record breaking limits of Roger Federer?
1) Roger Federer – 16 Grand Slams: At the top of the Grand Slam winners list is the very best of the best, Roger Federer. During his illustrious career he has amassed an astonishing 16 Grand Slam titles having completed the Career Slam with 4 Australian Open titles, 1 at the French Open where he finally won the Slam that had eluded him during most of his career in 2009, 6 Wimbledon titles and 5 at the US Open. Roger Federer may be in his thirties but he should never be discounted from further breaking his own record, especially as the season has now swung onto the green grass of Wimbledon. The Swiss maestro may still be able to add yet another Grand Slam to his extensive list of titles.
2) Pete Sampras – 14 Grand Slams: Roger Federer’s idol and hero was Pete Sampras and his career was one which the former world No.1 always admired – especially his many Grand Slam victories. Pistol Pete and his sublime serve were rewarded at many major events. The American won two Australian Open titles, 7 Wimbledon titles, and 5 US open titles. Clay was something which Sampras and his big game struggled to adjust to and unfortunately he did not achieve the Career Slam as he was unable to lift the trophy at Roland Garros in Paris.
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