Rafa Roundup: Nadal is the King of Clay, but he isn’t Superman


… Nadal is believed to be earning $1m (£600,000) a night for his contribution as one of the “marquee” players in a scheme developed by Mahesh Bhupathi, the Indian doubles player who is branching out into the world of business. According to the ground rules, players who have been No 1 or who have won a slam will be able to nominate which matches they play, and so avoid.

… let’s take a look at some events that have occurred, both in tennis and out, since Rafael Nadal dropped his last clay-court semifinal in July of 2003 (a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Carlos Moya in Umag).

… Humanly Inhuman: it isn’t true that Nadal is unbeatable on clay, whatever his record on the surface may be. He has off-days, on dirt or any other type of court, just like everyone else. In another sense, though, this makes his clay-court record that much more impressive. He’s the King of Clay, but he isn’t Superman.

… It wasn’t the usual romp to the title that we’re used to seeing from Nadal, but it was the week he needed, competing in his first tournament since losing the Australian Open final. Playing with with supportive tape on his back, which he injured in Melbourne, the top-ranked Nadal defeated No. 54 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6 (3) to win the inaugural Rio Open and collect his 62nd career title.

… … De los 804 encuentros que ha jugado se ha impuesto en 674, el 83,8%. Nadal lidera el ránking de victorias-derrotas de la historia de la ATP por encima del sueco Björn Borg, con 82,7% (609 triunfos -127 derrotas) y del estadounidense Jimmy Connors, con 81,7% (1243-277).



  1. Rafa might not be superman but he has proved that by sheer will and tenacity he can clench a win even on an off day. I agree with Roisin and Gabriella. He is super and he is a man. The most decent and humble player too. Few would have won that semifinal in his condition but he won regardless and went on to clinch the championship. Look after your back Rafa and here is to many more championships. Be well.

  2. Nos importa el gran deportista no el superman, esto último no es necesario, bien sé quien es Rafa y sus grandes posibilidades, lo suyo le ha costado,,soportando muchas adversidades, tanto sudor cómo emocionadas lagrimas derramadas. Tomate tu merecido descanso, Desde Canarias no queremos Super, preferimos disfrutar de él gran jugador que con esfuerzo y pleno dominio de la raqueta nos das lecciones a El Mundo Entero. Con mucho afecto dedicado a ti Rafa. C. Javier

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