The King of Clay, Rafa Nadal, is returning to his usual level of tennis after months of frustration and he’s making sure everyone knows he’s back.
Nadal is know for his unusual quirks on the court such as his cold and lukewarm water bottles and his pre serve sweat routine. But he’s also known for his clay court play. Last year the spaniard struggled on the clay. He only made it to the quarter finals of the French ending a 9 year winning streak in that tournament. This year Nadal is going for his 10th French Open title. His win Sunday over Kei Nishikori, current world number 6, in the Barcelona Open has everyone talking. Nadal took the match 6-4, 7-5 and had many amazing shots along the way. This marks his 9th Barcelona title but his first since 2013. Many fans watching wanted one more set of fantastic tennis and hope to see these two go at it again soon. After clinching this title and his win last week at Monte Carlo, Nadal ties the record for most career clay court titles won with 49 total. Currently ranked number 5 in the world, Nadal’s biggest obstacle to a 10th French Open title is world number 1 Novak Djokovic. Djokovic is fired up for the French since it’s the only slam he has yet to win. Nadal is looking like one of the only possible threats in his way.
As May approaches and with it Roland Garros we expect to see a lot more from Rafa as he prepares for the big one.
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