Rafa Nadal has sent the tennis world into meltdown with an extraordinary winner in his second-round victory at the French Open on Wednesday. The Spanish champion recorded his 300th victory at grand slam level, beating Corentin Moutet 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.
Roger Federer (369) and Novak Djokovic (325) are the only men to have more grand slam match wins than the 21-time major champion. His French Open record now stands at a staggering 107 wins and just three losses since his 2005 title-winning debut.
“I think it was a good match against a very difficult player with lots of talent,” said Nadal, whose build-up to the tournament was hampered by a foot injury.
“The last couple of months haven’t been easy. The victories help a lot.”
Despite his injury concerns, Nadal wound back the clock in the second set with an extraordinary winner. Moutet ran Nadal all around the court and looked destined to win the point when he produced a well-placed drop shot.
But Nadal stunned fans with a staggering winner on the run, flicking the ball over the net and past an exasperated Moutet. “How did he make that?” one commentator said on Eurosport.