He's up there with Fed as far as all the important records go
GS, Masters, Oly and total title
In all likelihood will finish YE#1 and will be just one year behind Fed's record of 5
such a shame he was robbed of the 2009 and 2014 YE1's. He was the large favorite until injury each time, particularly in '09 he held a massive lead, and IIRC, he actually would have been YE1 had he won Madrid and Shanghai.
2008: was his breakout year winning RG, W and Olympic Gold in singles. Finished YE#1.
2009: was a HUGE miss for Rafa with injuries. He won AO, had a good clay season and lost to Soderling at RG. He missed a huge chance to finish YE#1 and add more weeks at #1.
2010: was the best year of his career winning AO, W and USO and finishing YE#1. Lost WTF final.
2011: he played well winning RG but Novak was even better. Rafa lost W and USO finals to Novak.
2012: was good year winning RG. He should have won the AO where he was up a break in the 5th. Had a dominant clay season. Lost to Rosol at W. Then got injured and lost any chance of being YE#1 and adding more weeks at #1.
2013: had a great year winning RG and USO. Finished YE#1. Lost WTF final.
2014: missed a huge chance to win the AO losing to Wawrinka. He really should have won that. Sampras even traveled to Australia to watch him equal his slam count. Won RG. Got injured again and missed another chance to be YE#1 and add more weeks at #1.
2015: bad year.
2016: bad year.
2017: great year winning RG and USO. Should have won AO being up a break in the 5th set. He should make sure he clinches the YE#1. Cannot let another opportunity go to waste like in 2009, 2012, 2014. Prepare well to win the WTF for the first time.
Rafa missed so many chances to have more YE#1 (2009, 2012, 2014) and add more weeks at #1 due to his injuries.