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#1 Rafael Nadal is Extraordinary

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Rafael Nadal did not play in the 2013 Australian Open.

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That fact, listed above, is just one of many factors that makes Rafael Nadal’s #1 ranking extraordinary. Nadal’s 2013 performance is so unbelievable as to border on absurd.

Nadal started the year at a small tournament in Chile where he lost [sic] to Horacio Zeballos.From that point on, he won Sao Paulo by beating David Nalbandian on clay, Acapulco by defeating Almagro and Ferrer, on clay, Indian Wells by taking down Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych, and Juan Martin Del Potro on hard court. Nadal finally lost to then #1 Djokovic on clay at Monte Carlo, but not before beating the surging Philipp Kohlschreiber, baby-Fed Grigor Dimitrov, and the always dangerous Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Nadal’s torment of the clay-court season continued in Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, and of course Roland Garros …Full Story

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Return of the Clay King

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm

It is hard to pinpoint the moment when it hits you. Is it the pastel pink shirt? The rugby build? The puzzling way he bounces up and down while the umpire flips a coin? The incorrigible hustle back to the baseline? Or, more likely, the looping  forehand that seems to disregard all sorts of long-held physical laws?

But, it does hit you. Four years after turning the tennis world upside-down and seven painful months after an unimaginable dismissal on the same grassy court, Rafael Nadal has returned.