Since the end of the 1990s, many Spanish players have left their mark, both at Grand Slam level and in the ATP rankings. From Carlos Moya to Juan Carlos Ferrero, both winners of a Roland Garros (respectively in 1998 and 2003) and both former world number one (respectively in 1999 and 2003).
The French Open runner-up was also David Ferrer, who was number one in Spain for a short time as well. Then a few more intruders into what became Rafael NadalArea of: 14 Roland Garros, 22 Slam titles in total, 209 weeks as number one.
In recent years, other tennis players have appeared on the circuit, but without achieving the same feats as the Iberian champion. The same tennis players, who in terms of results were in the shadow of Nadal, are now partially reversing the scenario.
The world number three in this 2022 won two out of three Grand Slam titles (Australian Open and Roland Garros), but did not win any title at the 1000 level. He pushed until the final of the Indian Masters 1000 Wells, but the victory went to Taylor Fritz, also due to the precarious physical conditions in which the Spaniard found himself.
Spain has incredible data in 2022
There is no Rafael Nadal in the list of 100 champions, but three of the six 1000 trophies disputed so far have nevertheless passed through the hands of tennis players from the Spanish country.
He started Carlos Alcaraz with the triumph in Miami over Casper Ruud in straight sets, with the first Masters 1000 of his career, at under 19. Two months later, the Spanish number two did it again: victory at the Mutua Madrid Open, giving his opponent, the German Alexander Zverev, only four matches out of the two halves played.
The latest Spanish-flavored victory came from Canada: Pablo Carreno Busta won his first Masters 1000 title of his career. After two Grand Slam semi-finals (both at the US Open) and an Olympic bronze medal, the Spanish number three won the 1000m final in Montreal over Hubert Hurkacz in three sets at the age of 31. year.