Rafael Nadal is the world’s best clay court tennis player, and by a long shot as well. The French Open, the only Grand Slam event played on clay, has been won by Nadal in 7 of the last 8 years, including the last three. Rafael Nadal represents a roadblock of great proportions for any other challenger, but with him just returning from a knee injury that left him sidelined for 7 months, is the 2013 French Open the event that will finally see another competitor grab a prestigious French Open title?
World number 1 Novak Djokovic has already set his sites on the French Open, stating, “I’m not hiding that priority No 1 is probably Roland Garros because it’s the only Grand Slam I haven’t won in my career.” But he knows that Nadal is back on track and preparing to continue his reign of master on clay.
Rafael Nadal missed out on the 2013 Australian Open, but has returned to several tennis tournaments in the Americas, specifically on clay courts. Although he did lose the Chile VTR Open in the final, Nadal collected titles in the Brasil Open and the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, where he beat 4th ranked David Ferrer in straight sets in the final match.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djS2nJlWR5k?rel=0]
Rafael Nadal is currently playing at the BNP Paribas Open, a hard-court tennis tournament in Southern California. He just progressed past the second round and is eager to see how his knee holds up on the tough surface.
However, Rafael Nadal is clearly also anticipating a competitive French Open in late Spring. Hopefully, his injured knee will be recovered by that time, and the tennis world will be able to enjoy an excellent match between Nadal and Djokovic. Check here for great deals on French Open ticket packages.
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