Rafael Nadal Parera (Catalan: [rəˈfɛl nəˈðal pəˈɾeɾə], Spanish: [rafaˈel naˈðal paˈɾeɾa]; born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently world No. 2 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Nadal has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, the second most in history for a male player, as well as a record 33 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, 20 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments, and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles. In addition, Nadal has held the

Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem to win his 11th French Open. BBC Sport examines why the 'King of Clay' still reigns supreme.  Spain's Rafael Nadal won his 11th Roland Garros title against Austria's Dominic Thiem. 2018 French Open men's final. Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Date: Sunday, 10 June Time: 14:00 BST. Coverage: Live radio and text commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and app. The beauty about sport is we never know what might happen when we arrive at a stadium or turn on our television. But one thing comes as close to sporting certainty as anything else we have seen over the past 13 years: Rafael Nadal winning the French Open.

• Yes, let’s start with Nadal on Clay, which has become a phrase akin to “Jordan on Hardwood” or “Phelps Under Water” or “Michelanelo with Marble.” He is truly remarkable. If we run the analytics, as Martin suggests, it’s hard to resist giggling at the sheer absurdity of the results. Coming off of his 11th— not a typo—Monte Carlo Masters 1000 title, Nadal is 396-35 for his career on clay, a win rate of 92%. He, of course, is aiming for 11thFrench Open title, a major he has won more times than any other player has won any other Slam. As Martin notes, it’s an oversimplification to chalk this kin

Nadal, outside of clay. • Six major titles (three US Open, two Wimbledon, one Australian Open). • Completed career Grand Slam.  On clay, he only has one major title, the 2009 French Open in which Nadal was upset by Robin Soderling before the Spaniard sat the next three months with knee tendonitis. Editor's Picks. Nadal cruises to his 11th French Open title.

This clay-court season, Nadal has lost exactly four sets of tennis. Notice what happened to the percentage of second-serve points Nadal won in those four sets: Beating Nadal means beating back his second serve. Share of second-serve points that Rafael Nadal won in the four sets he lost on clay this season. Opponent. Set.  It was the only match Nadal lost on clay this season. What have these players done to put a dent — however temporary — in Nadal’s second serve? To answer that question, we must first look at why it’s so dominant to begin with.

Clay: A type of tennis-court surface which includes a thin top layer of red brick dust (clay) on a bed of limestone, which is on a layer(s) of crushed stones, which keeps the whole court drainable. Refer to this trophy being held aloft by Brazilian tennis player and former King of Clay, Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten, for a general idea. (Note: all clay courts are not identical. There will be variants, some with less layers and some with more). So why is Nadal the King of Clay? This was Guillermo Coria's reaction to 19-year-old Nadal's second big win over him in the Rome Masters final in May

"Nadal has worked so hard to develop his backhand, particularly the crosscourt shot, which is not only a winner shot, but also an attacking stroke in defence. He plays with tremendous intensity, as if every point is a match point. Nadal has excellent footwork, so he's able to position himself in good time and rarely gets into trouble. He is quick to move up the court. His serve often sets up the point, while the pace and placement of his forehand enables him to finish points.”  CLAY-COURT & OVERALL RECORD COMPARISONS (Since August 1973) See how Nadal's clay-court record and overall career statistics compare to other leading performers. Player. Clay W-L Record. Winning %.

Rafael Nadal seems set for another dominant clay court season after clinching his 11th Monte Carlo Masters, without dropping a set. He is currently riding a 40-set winning streak, which looks all the more impressive when you consider the competition he has faced thus far. Nadal made a tough draw look easy by dropping just two games against Dominic Thiem and breezing past Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori.  When experts break down why Nadal is so dominant on clay they tend to focus on his heavy, looping forehand and incredible athleticism. However, Nadal deserves a lot more credit for his tactical brilliance on the red dirt.

Sweet, red clay. As of Sunday, Rafa has now won 11 Monte Carlo titles, and he'll be going for no. 11 in both Barcelona and Roland-Garros (the Grand Slam) in the next two months. And just for kicks, he'll also be going for no. 8 at the Italian Open, and no. 6 in Madrid.  I'm just going to stop, because the list gets too ridiculous. The point is, Nadal is more dominant on clay courts than any modern athlete has been on anything, ever. That sounds emphatic, but there's actually no debate—you can't even begin to imagine anyone who has done that well for that length of time.

The Spaniard has overcome unusually strong opposition to rack up 16 grand-slam wins THE RACE is on. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the two men who dominated men’s tennis from 2005-10, have enjoyed a startling resurgence in 2017, splitting the year’s four grand-slam titles. Mr Federer picked up his wins at the Australian Open (where he defeated Mr Nadal in a five-set final) and Wimbledon, while his long-time rival paired his tenth French Open crown with this year’s US Open title. Mr Nadal cruised to the championship in New York, dropping only one set in his last four matches and polishing i

Nadal, outside of clay. • Six major titles (three US Open, two Wimbledon, one Australian Open). • Completed career Grand Slam.  On clay, he only has one major title, the 2009 French Open in which Nadal was upset by Robin Soderling before the Spaniard sat the next three months with knee tendonitis. Editor's Picks. Nadal cruises to his 11th French Open title.

Rafael Nadal beat Kevin Anderson in straights for his third Open and 16th major title. (AP). NEW YORK—Three thoughts on Rafael Nadal’s 16th Grand Slam singles title, earned with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Grand Slam final neophyte Kevin Anderson: 1. It’s the summer of 2010. Nadal has just won his second Wimbledon and eighth major title. His best showings at the US Open were a pair of semifinals, in 2008 and 2009, in which he was soundly defeated and looked worn down from exhaustively successful seasons of brutally effective tennis.

Rafael Nadal – The King of Clay Court. Posted By: admin. When one talks about the all time greats in clay court tennis, it is quite likely that the name of Rafael Nadal will always be considered on top of the list. He has the best record of wins as far as clay court tennis is concerned. Sponsored link. Rafael Nadal was born on June 3 1986. His father is Sebastian Nadal who is a successful businessman while his mother is Ana Maria Perera, a devoted homemaker. He has a younger sister by the name Maria Isabel. It was his uncle who discovered his talent for tennis at an early age and guided him wh

Nadal’s numbers on his preferred surface is mind boggling. Only one man has been able to oust Nadal from the French Open in the last 10 years and the Spaniard is just three titles away from overtaking Guillermo Vilas in the number of clay titles won. The 14-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t won a single Masters 1000 tournament on clay this year,a first since 2004 and he has dropped out of the top five in the ATP rankings.  Let us take a look at a few of Nadal’s worst defeats on clay over the years: Gaston Gaudio - Buenos Aires Quarterfinals, 2005.

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Nadal's career statistics are staggering. On clay courts, he is 318-24. In best-of-five set matches on clay, he is 90-1. The tougher the match on clay, the more difficult he is to beat.  "I had a few months later that mentally I go down a little bit." Nadal won just one clay court title this spring leading up to Paris and lost to two fellow Spaniards in other events. After Djokovic beat Nadal in Rome, he arrived in Paris with his confidence at a peak. Djokovic's play and Nadal's shakier-than-usual form made for a perplexing problem: The sport's ultimate competitor—the man whom Bresnik would choose to play for his life—wasn't even the favorite, in his eyes, to win the French Open.

Remember, Nadal’s dominance is more than just a two-week tournament in Paris. It’s been a three-month period of a season for the past 12 years. For more than a decade he has dominated the five biggest clay court tournaments in the world. He would play in a final on a Sunday and be back in action in a different country on a Tuesday.  No other play in tennis has come close to doing what Nadal has done on clay, let alone attempt it. He might not go down as the greatest tennis player or athlete of all-time, but his domination of clay court tennis is the greatest single achievement in the history of individual sports. Follow Lede In on Twitter. Tennis.

Is Nadal your favorite for Monte Carlo? Yes because he made a good start to the season, where he almost lost only against Roger (3 defeats at the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami, one at Bisbane against Raonic and one at Acapulco against Querrey). And then Novak and Andy (Murray) are far from their best level since the start of the season.  On the clay court, I do not see Kyrgios bothering Nadal. Dimitrov can do it, but he only won one match during his last two Masters (defeated at the 2nd round at Indian Wells and the first round at Miami). So I do not think about him for this tournament, even if he’s a player who can impede anyone, anytime.

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