"We're also advised that playing on clay is the best surface for children to learn on because it is easier to move on and means they don't get injured as much. "So Rafa started moving on clay from a young age and it shows." *Nadal also won one title in 2004 before Madrid changed from a hard court to a clay court.
For reference, Nadal has nearly doubled Borg's haul with 62 clay court titles, including 13 at Roland Garros. His achievements dwarf everyone else's, and Rafa has played in an era with Djokovic, Roger Federer, as well as many adroit clay court specialists.
Robin Soderling, who knocked Nadal out of Roland-Garros in four sets in the fourth round at Roland-Garros in 2009, was the first to defeat Nadal in a best-of-five contest on clay. Djokovic is the only man to own two wins over Nadal in a best-of-five match on clay, and at Roland-Garros.
Rafael Nadal's dominance on clay is extraordinary as the Spaniard has won a staggering 13 Roland Garros titles. Moreover, he is also the only player to win the Clay Slam, having done so in 2010. In that year, he won the Monte Carlo Open, the Rome Masters, the Madrid Open and the French Open.
While Roger Federer won two matches against Nadal on clay, the Spaniard dominated against him on the surface on most occasions. The two faced one another at the French Open on six occasions and the King of Clay has won every encounter.
The only records Nadal holds over Djokovic are his Grand Slam total (22 to 21), consecutive weeks in the Top 10 (881 to 555), Olympic Gold Medals (2 to 0), career winning percentage (83.41% to 83.29%), and a variety of clay and age-related records as well.
Nadal holds the record for the longest winning streak by any male player on a single surface since the Open Era began in 1968: 81 clay court wins between April 2005 and May 2007. He also holds the record for most clay court titles in the Open Era, with 63.
Historic achievements. Nadal has been the most successful player in history on clay courts. He has a 63–8 record in clay court tournament finals and has lost only three times in best-of-five-set matches on clay.
He's suited best to clay. The ball bounces much higher than on any other surface, and moves slower. So his power shot – topspin – is the best on clay.
Novak Djokovic has an career winning percentage above 70.0 on all surfaces. However, his 77.4 percent record on clay is far worse than his 82.6 percent winning record on hard courts. Meanwhile, Djokovic's archrival, Nadal, has a ridiculous 93.4 winning percentage on clay.