PARIS: Defending champion Rafael Nadal racked up his 90th win at Roland Garros on Sunday and admitted he would have considered it “impossible” if he was told as a teenage debutant in 2005 that he’d still be breaking records in Paris into his 30s.
The Spanish second seed and 11-time champion stormed into the quarter-finals for the 13th time by sweeping past Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.
On Monday, he will celebrate his 33rd birthday as he plots a way past either Japan’s Kei Nishikori or Benoit Paire of France in what will be his 38th career Slam quarter-final.
Nadal’s 90 wins at Roland Garros are just eight short of the record held by Jimmy Connors at the US Open.
Roger Federer has 97 at the Australian Open and 95 at Wimbledon.