French open Decima beckons for Rafa. Get Your Tickets
Rafael Nadal success on clay continued into the early events of the 2017 season. In the first big event of the season the Monte Carlo Masters Rafa won his tenth title with ease as he beat fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas in the final. Onto Rafas home tournament in Barcelona once again Rafa proved that he is number one on clay. He dominated every opponent once again. This is the second tournament he has won ten times in a row. An incredible feat of durability.
Such tournament victories will be welcome to Rafa Nadals camp especially given his early season form on the hardcourt tournaments in Australia and USA. In the grand scheme of things such victories will pale into insignificance if Rafa can lift his tenth Roland Garros title. Ten French Open titles. That is ten titles on the clay court. Why not get your Sports Tours tickets to see the Greatest Clay courter of all time try and lift his tenth title. No one else in the history of tennis has ever lifted ten titles at a single grand slam event and what an occasion it would be to be there . It will also be his fifteenth grand slam title and he will close the gap on great rival Roger Federer who has eighteen titles.
To beat Rafa over 5 sets on clay you must be determined and have something which will keep him uncomfortable over that time. In their battles from 2012-2015 Novak Djokovic was able to use his down the line backhand to great effect. This prevented Rafa from going to his go to cross court forehand his go to shot which has helped get him out of trouble in many occasions. Djokovic is not currently at the level he once was but there is no doubt he can regain his intensity. On his day Novak is more than a match for Rafa.
Stan Wawrinka is the perennial under the radar guy that must never be discounted from any event. A former winner in 2015 Stan is without doubt the hardest hitting player on tour and when on form he can pulverise any opponent. Luckily for Rafa he has a great head to head record against Stan. Andy Murray the world number one has also gone off the radar somehow this year. In 2015 Murray had a hot streak on the clay and won Stuttgart and Madrid. Murray can never be discounted but he will likely focus his attentions on a strong performance on clay.
Dominic Thiem and Sasha Zverev have long since been touted as future stars. Thiem seems to have got his game together and recently beat Murray over three sets before falling to Nadal in the final. Despite this Rafa has their number at present but they are constantly getting better. Federer also recently announced that he was to play Roland Garros. Given his form in 2017 the rest of the men’s tour will not want to play him and even Rafa with a 😃0-3 h2h in 2017 will not fancy his cross court backhand.
Rafael Nadal will go in to Roland Garros as the favourite regardless with what happens in Madrid and Rome. To beat the King of Clay on his home turf in front of his fans would be an incredible achievement. La Decima is on! Get yourself tickets to potentially one of the greatest sporting triumphs in history.