Territory Of Rafa Nadal:- Professional tennis season is one of the most demanding of all sports . The players compete for almost the entire year (Rafa Nadal’s case on clay), and that has generated a lot of criticism from the players themselves. The best players of the circuit constantly launch public interventions maintaining their rejection of the prolonged and demanding the season is. Due to the scoring system in both the ATP and the WTA, where and players defend the points in tournaments that have earned the previous year, are required to participate in the more tournaments better, especially in those Which have achieved good results the previous year.
It also happens that there are tournaments in which more points are distributed, more prizes and it is much more meritorious to get away or win them. In order of importance are the Grand Slams, the Masters Mil, the Open 500 and, finally, the Open 250. The last tournament of the season tournament is the Masters Cup , which only the top eight compete for the ranking . Parallel to the individual circuit are also held the Davis Cup and the Federation Cup, which are the tournaments that are played by teams and where there are also ATP and WTA points.
As we see, the season in professional tennis is quite disputed, long and demanding. To achieve good positions in the ranking have to master all surfaces and be a complete player. Most of the tournaments on clay are played during the spring, and that surface has had a clear dominator for more than a decade. We talk, of course, about Rafa Nadal.
The Current Season Of Rafa Nadal On Clay
2016 began on a hopeful for Rafa Nadal, because in the tournament in Doha, preparatory for the Australia Open, reached the final, but failed to beat Novak Djokovic . After that, the Australia Open was a real blow, then was eliminated in the first round against Fernando Verdasco (only once before had fallen in the first round of a Grand Slam, Wimbledon specifically in 2013). After this blow, in the South American tour in clay, Nadal reached the semifinals of the two tournaments that disputed, in Buenos Aires and in Rio de Janeiro. It seemed that the Mallorcan player recovered good feelings for the spring season.
After these tournaments, the focus of men’s tennis moved to the United States, where they played the first two Masters 1000 of the season. In Indian Wells he reached the semi-finals and fell again against Serbian Djokovic, while in Miami he had to withdraw in the first round due to high temperatures. It seemed then clear that Nadal, due to his last quite irregular seasons, would not be the dominating and clear favorite tennis player to win any tournament that disputed.
But that changed during the past month. From April 2016 the European tour begins on clay, and there all tennis players know that if you have to fear someone, it’s Rafa Nadal. In the Masters 1000 Monte Carlo , the first of three Masters 1000 of the season , won out after being left in the lurch Monfils, Murray or Wawrinka, among others, and his ninth tournament scoring .
A week later, in the Open 500 in Barcelona , also he won its ninth Conde de Godo, reached its end 101, with 69 tournaments played, and, most importantly, also reached the Argentine Guillermo Vilas as the players more tournaments won on Clay, both with 49.
The European clay tour still has several important dates. The first starts this week, with the 1000 Madrid Masters , and in a few weeks will the Masters 1000 Rome . Both tournaments have won Nadal several times (4 and 7 times, respectively).
For the end of May and early June will be the great rendezvous on clay of the year: Roland Garros. Nadal has not imposed himself on the Paris arena since 2014, but he is the one who best dominates that surface, having won the tournament nine times.
After the sensations that Nadal is showing at this stage of the season, it is very likely that the Guillermo Vilas record will be handed to the Majorcan tennis player in the coming weeks.
The Numbers Of Rafa Nadal On Land Against The Rest Of Top Ten
Since winning his first professional tournament in 2004 in Sopot, Poland, the tennis season on clay has had an absolute dominator: Rafael Nadal Parera. If you look only at the Grand Slams and Masters 1000, of the 45 clay court tournaments since 2005, Nadal has won 29 (nine times Roland Garros, nine Monte Carlo, four times Hamburg / Madrid and seven times Rome). The percentage of victories in these tournaments exceeds 90% in three of them, while in Madrid it reaches 86%.
As we say, Nadal has earned 49 titles on clay in his career. The rest of the top ten players of the moment are far from these figures. Ferrer has 12 titles; Djokovic and Federer, 11; Wawrinka, 5; Gasquet, 3; And Nishikori, Berdych and Murray, only 2 each.
But above all, his rivals know they can only aspire to the maximum on clay ground only if Nadal falters a bit, as happened at Roland Garros in 2009 and 2015, when they won the Swiss Federer and Wawrinka.