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Rafael Nadal became the fourth player to achieve 1,000 ATP Tour wins, with Paris Masters victory
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The Spanish Rafael Nadal became the fourth tennis player to record 1,000 ATP Tour wins with victory over fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez at the Paris Masters. Jimmy Connors leads with 1,274 wins, followed by Roger Federer (1.242) and the Czech Ivan Lendl (1,068).

Nadal turned professional in 2001 and won his first ATP Tour match in 2002 when he defeated Paraguay's Ramon Delgado in the first round of the Mallorca Open.

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Rafael Nadal wins the French Open 2020
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Rafael Nadal Credit: Roland Garros (Twitter Reproduction)

Rafael Nadal is the French Open 2020 champion after a 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic. The Spanish celebrated his 13th Roland Garros title.

Nadal also equalised Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam men's titles.

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Rafael Nadal will play Novak Djokovic for the French Open 2020 title
Rafael Nadal will play Novak Djokovic for the French Open 2020 title
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Rafael Nadal is going for a record 13th French Open title after a 6-3 6-3 7-6 (7-0) victory against Diego Schwartzman in the semi-final. Nadal has only lost twice on Roland Garros in his career.

The Spanish will play top seed Novak Djokovic, that has beaten Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-2 5-7 4-6 6-1.

Sunday's match will be the 56th between the two players, the ninth on a Grand Slam final.

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Rafael Nadal decides to pull out of the US Open due to Covid-19 concerns
Rafael Nadal decides to pull out of the US Open due to Covid-19 concerns
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The current tennis world number 2, Rafael Nadal, has decided to pull out of the US Open tournament. Nadal, who won the tournament four times previously, including 2019, will not be competing this year due to Covid-19 concerns. He recently tweeted: "After many thoughts I have decided not to play this year’s US Open. The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it.".