Rafael Nadal has reclaimed his Roland-Garros throne.
Nadal beat Casper Ruud in the 2022 French Open final on Sunday morning. The Spaniard, who just turned 36 on Friday, beat the 23-year-old Norwegian in straight sets (6-3, 6-3, 6-0).
The clay court at the French Open has been dominated by Nadal for almost two decades. Since winning his first Grand Slam victory in the tournament in 2005, Nadal has failed to win the French Open title just four times.
One of those non-title appearances came last year, when his bid for a five-rounder was put to bed by Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. But Nadal exacted revenge on Djokovic this time around, beating him in the quarter-finals en route to a record-breaking 14th French Open triumph.
So where does Nadal stand now in the Grand Slam rankings?
Which male tennis player has the most Grand Slam titles?
The calendar year began with Nadal, Djokovic and Roger Federer tied for the most Grand Slam men’s singles titles of the Open Era (since 1968) and all-time at 20 apiece. Now Nadal has a two-title lead over his rivals.
After winning the first two Grand Slams of 2022 – the Australian Open and the French Open – Nadal holds a record 22 major trophies. As mentioned earlier, Nadal did most of his damage at Roland Garros, while claiming four wins at the US Open, two at the Australian Open and two at Wimbledon.
Nadal is halfway to a calendar year Grand Slam – a feat achieved only once by a male tennis player in the Open Era – but it is unclear whether he will feature at Wimbledon 2022, which kicks off June 27.
Djokovic and Federer have done better at Wimbledon than Nadal. Federer, who was absent from the entry list at Wimbledon this year, has a record eight wins, while Djokovic has six and is the tournament’s defending champion.
Here is a complete overview of the male players with the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era:
1. Rafael Nadal: 22
T-2. Novak Djokovic: 20
T-2. Roger Federer: 20
4. Pete Sampras: 14
5. Bjorn Borg: 11
T-6. Andre Agassi: 8
T-6. Jimmy Connors: 8
T-6. Ivan Lendl: 8
T-9. John McEnroe: seven
T-9. Matt Willander: seven
Which female tennis player has the most Grand Slam titles?
World number one Iga Swiatek defeated American Coco Gauff in the 2022 Women’s French Open final to claim her second major trophy. But the dominant 21-year-old Pole has a long climb ahead of her to the top of the Women’s Grand Slam rankings.
Serena Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles of any tennis player – male or female – in the Open Era with 23. On the all-time list, she follows Margaret Court, who has won 13 of her 24 titles before the open era, by one for the first place.
Williams overtook Steffi Graf for the sole possession of the Open Era’s top spot with her victory at the 2017 Australian Open. It was the last Grand Slam victory for the 40-year-old American, although she has made four finals since.
Williams has not appeared at a Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2021, where she withdrew from her first-round match with a leg injury. Like Federer, she was not on the entry list for this year’s event in London.
And the same goes for her sister Venus, who hasn’t competed professionally since last August. Venus Williams, who turns 42 later this month, is the closest active player to Serena’s 23 major trophies with seven.
Here is a complete overview of the players with the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era:
1. Serena Williams: 23
2. Steffi Graf: 22
T-3. Chris Evert: 18
T-3: Martina Navratilova: 18
5. Margaret Court: 11
6. Monica Seles: 9
7. Billie Jean King: 8
T-8. Evonne Goolagong Cawley: seven
T-8. Justine Henin: seven
T-8. Venus Williams: seven