Shocked. Stunned. Surprised. Tennis’ “s words” probably get thrown around too often, but they are some of the only verbs suited to describe a Rafael Nadal loss on clay. Beginning with his 2005 season in which he went 50-2 on dirt, the eight-time French Open champion is a staggering 274-12 when playing on his preferred surface.
With the Spaniard looking to snap a one-match losing streak on clay this week in Barcelona—a tournament he’s also won eight times—we decided to look back at all 12 of Rafa’s recent defeats on dirt, and rank them in order of magnitude. Or, if you will, shock.