Rafa Roundup: May 5, 2013


Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images
Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

“ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a closer look at the Big Four’s dominance over the past five years… Nadal has the best career winning percentage (.630) and winning record against the other three members of the Big Four.”

“With Roland Garros knocking on the door, Nadal is still favourite with bookmakers to win it for a record eight time – despite Djokovic beating him in the Monte Carlo final. Let’s not forget, the French Open is Nadal’s territory and he will do anything to defend his title…”

“And so the biggest question of this clay-court season might be, how much stress is too much? Can these two survive three meetings if they continue to beat everyone else in Madrid, Rome and Paris?”

“Roland Garros Tournament Director, Gilbert Ysern, has confirmed that Rafael Nadal will not be offered a higher seeding. Dropping down to world No. 5 after months of absence due to a sore knee, the Spaniard will likely be the fourth or fifth seed there.”

“Did Novak Djokovic’s straight-sets defeat of Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo last month signal a changing of the clay guard? Is Roger Federer ready to reassert himself on dirt after a seven-week layoff? Can Andy Murray tangle with the top guns on clay?”


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PHOTOS: Here are some of the Rafa’s photos from yesterday’s practice  session.

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