Rafael Nadal’s 17-year domination of Roland Garros: From his first trophy as a teenager back in 2005, to celebrating with Mickey Mouse… how the Spanish clay court legend has basked in French Open glory after winning a record-extending 14th title
Rafael Nadal and Roland Garros. There isn’t a more formidable combination in tennis history.
Nadal won a record-extending 14th French Open title on Sunday afternoon with a straight-sets win over Casper Ruud.
The 36-year-old picked apart his opponent, who is 13 years his junior, with a comfortable 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 victory.
Rafael Nadal was back in a familiar setting of posing with the French Open title on Monday
Nadal’s wife Xisca Perello (left) and his younger sister Maria Isabel Nadal were also present
He won a record-extending 14th French Open title on Sunday after beating Casper Ruud
And on Monday morning, as is tradition, the Spaniard posed for trophy pictures in Paris to celebrate his latest triumph.
Sitting on top of Alexandre III Bridge, Nadal was a picture of happiness as he held aloft the Musketeers Cup.
A setting and scenario he is all too familiar with, Nadal also shared the moment with two of his loved ones – as his wife Xisca Perello and younger sister Maria Isabel Nadal were present too.
With the Eiffel Tower in the background, tennis fans will be aware of this backdrop from Nadal – dating back to 2005.
It was 17 years ago when Nadal won his French Open title – beating Argentine ano Puerta in the final 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-1, 7-5.
Then sporting long brown hair, the left-hander poses for pictures with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop as well as the statue of Don Quixote.
Nadal’s first success came in 2005 and posed for pictures with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop (left) and the Don Quixote statue
The success continued for Nadal who won the next two French Opens in 2006 (left) and 2007
It was four in a row for the Spaniard who beat Roger Federer in straight-sets back in 2008
Across now three decades, Nadal’s look has changed (he has shorter hair for example) and so has his settings for trophy pictures.
These have included posing for pictures at at Disneyland Paris in 2010 with Ratatouille as well as Mr and Mrs Incredible (after beating Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4) and a year later standing alongside Mickey Mouse.
Two years later, Nadal was back at Disneyland Paris – this time celebrating alongside Sulley from Monsters Inc.
His recent triumphs have been more lowkey and traditional – returning to the historic sites of Paris.
Sportsmail looks back at his trophy celebrations over the course of his 14 successes (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022).
After a shock defeat in 2009, Nadal won in 2010 and celebrated next to Mr and Mrs Incredible
The Spaniard also had the cast of Ratatouille behind him as he celebrated at Disneyland Paris
Disneyland was the destination once more in 2011 as he posed for a picture with Mickey Mouse
After beating Novak Djokovic in 2012, the Spaniard draped himself in his country’s flag
But a year later he was back at Disneyland Paris – this time with Sulley from Monsters Inc
The Eiffel Tower backdrop was revisited in 2014 (left) and 2017 once again for the King of Clay
Now with shorter hair, Nadal tried out different poses after winning in 2018 (left) and 2019
The iconic Parisian landmark was in the background as he won a Covid-delayed title in 2020
And as of Monday, the 36-year-old posed for a selfie with the Musketeers Cup after title No 14