Rafael Nadal gallery: His incredible love affair with ATP 1000 events in pictures

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Grand Slam king Rafael Nadal also sports an impressive record at ATP 1000 Masters events, having passed 400 wins at events of that level during his 2022 Indian Wells run.

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Rafael Nadal celebrates during the 2022 Indian Wells Masters.

Nadal claimed his first ATP 1000 event title at the 2005 Monte Carlo Masters and went on to add the Italian Open, Canadian Open and Shanghai Masters in a phenomenal breakout season.

His Monte Carlo Masters title proved to be the catalyst to a successful clay court season, first Grand Slam title and announced the arrival of a megastar.

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Spanish player Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the Monte Carlo tournament in 2005.

Nadal’s first ATP 1000 match win had also come in Monte Carlo in 2003 when he beat Karol Kucera, 6-1, 6-2, in the first round.

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Rafael Nadal receives the Monte Carlo Masters trophy.

He would win eight Monte Carlo Masters titles on the trot, dominating the event from 2005 until 2012 with his 46-match winning streak at the event ending in the 2013 final.

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over Roger Federer in the 2007 Monte Carlo Masters final.

The Miami Open has proven elusive to Nadal down the years and is the only outdoor ATP 1000 title that he is yet to win. It was, however, the scene of his 100th ATP 1000 match win over Thomas Berdych in the 2008 semifinal.

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Rafael Nadal celebrates beating Tomas Berdych.

After the Monter Carlo Master, the Italian Open has also proven a happy hunting ground for Nadal who has lifted the trophy ten of the 17 times he has turned out in Rome.

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Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the Italian Open.

Andy Murray made Nadal work hard for his 200th ATP 1000 match win which came in, you guessed it, Monte Carlo.

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Andy Murray is defeated by Rafael Nadal, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, during their Semi-Final of the ATP Monte-Carlo Tournament in Monte-Carlo.

In 2013 Nadal lost just three times in the 38 ATP 1000 event matches.

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Rafael Nadal missed out on the Monte Carlo title in 2013 losing the final to Novak Djokovic

Nadal also has a patchy record in Shanghai, but it looks like he won’t get a chance to improve with the ATP reluctant to do business in China.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after the singles third round match against Fabio Fognini of Italy at the ATP Shanghai Masters.

Nadal’s 300th Masters win came in China’s biggest city, when he beat Stan Wawrinka to reach the semifinals in 2015.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.

Nadal began his current Masters winning streak with victory over Jannik Sinner at the 2021 Italian Open.

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Rafael Nadal prepares to face Jannik Sinner at the Foro Italico in Rome.

Nadal secured his 400th ATP 1000 win at Indian Wells, as the event returned to its traditional March slot in the schedule.

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Nadal at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California.