Rafael Nadal wins 1,000th ATP Tour match | Daily News

Rafael Nadal wins 1,000th ATP Tour match

Rafael Nadal became the fourth player to record 1,000 ATP Tour wins with victory over fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez at the Paris Masters.

American legend Jimmy Connors leads with 1,274, followed by Nadal’s long-time rival Roger Federer (1.242) and Czech great Ivan Lendl (1,068).

The feat comes a month after Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam, matching Federer’s record, with a 13th French Open title.

“To arrive at that number I must have done a lot of things well,” said Nadal. The Spaniard was presented with a glass trophy with ‘1,000’ emblazoned on it in golden numerals after his landmark victory.

Asked whether he was proud to still be playing at a high level, he said: “Probably yes. I have faced some challenges in my career in terms of injuries.

“It’s a privilege to be playing at the age of 34 - but it’s not just me, it’s the whole team and family.”

British three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has won 676 ATP matches.

Jimmy Connors (1,274) has won the most ATP career matches, followed by Roger Federer (1,242), Ivan Lendl (1,068) and Rafael Nadal (1,000) (www.bbc.com)