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2016 French Open: Rafael Nadal reaches new milestone, joins elite club

By The Sports Xchange
2016 French Open: Rafael Nadal reaches new milestone, joins elite club
Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a shot during his French Open men's second round match against Facundo Bagnis of Argentina at Roland Garros in Paris on May 26, 2016. Nadal defeated Bagnis 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 to advance to the third round. Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

Rafael Nadal's historic match victory Thursday at the French Open was news to him.

Only seven players in men's tennis history have won more Grand Slam matches than Nadal, who scored his 200th Thursday in a 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 effort over Facundo Bagnis. The win pushes Nadal into the third round against fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers, who is 0-4 against Nadal with four straight sets losses.

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"I didn't know," Nadal said of his 200th Grand Slam match win. "For me the most important thing today was the victory. It is another number, that's it."

Four more wins at the French Open would push Nadal past Pete Sampras, who is seventh on the Grand Slam match wins list (203). Roger Federer, notably absent this week due to a back injury, leads the all-time list at 302.

If Nadal reaches the semifinals he could face Novak Djokovic, who has 216 match wins in Grand Slams and needs a win at Roland Garros to complete the career Grand Slam.

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