10 Reasons Why Rafael Nadal is the Greatest Tennis Player of All Time
Rafael Nadal: 10 Reasons Why He Is The Greatest Tennis Player of All Time
Rafael Nadal, the current no. 1 ranked tennis player in the world, has been at the top of the game for almost 10 long years. Since his first Grand Slam victory at his beloved tournament, the French Open, he has never looked back and has gradually transformed his game to become one of the greatest players in the history of the game. From booming backhands to quirky superstitious routines, the player has thrilled crowds around the world with his superb playing style.
After breaking into the sport as a 15-year-old, he's set numerous records as he became the youngest player ever to reach the third round of Wimbledon in the year of his tournament debut in 2003.
Interestingly, he won the first ever match he played against his greatest contemporary rival, Roger Federer, and progressed in leaps and bounds to reach the no. 1 ranking for the first time in 2008.
Debates have been raging amongst the Federer and Nadal loyalists for a long time now over the supremacy of their respective favourite, and while each player has his own merits and achievements, Nadal might edge ahead of the Swiss ace if he manages to curb his frequent injuries and stay fit for longer periods of time. The emergence of Serbian Novak Djokovic and Brit Andy Murray to the pack has added a new dimension to men’s tennis and while these two continue to chip away with Grand Slam titles, Nadal is proving again that there is more to him than we have already seen.
Here are 10 reasons why he might be the best ever player to have graced the beautiful sport of tennis.
10. Extreme Fitness
Nadal's fitness on the court is stunning, and his ability to wear down opponents with ease is something that sets him apart from the rest.
9. Ambidextrous Playing Style
Nadal's childhood switch to a left-handed playing style to learn the game from a whole new perspective has certainly worked wonders.
8. An Olympic Gold Medal Achievement
Nadal's triumph at the 2008 Beijing Olympics made him the first player ranked inside the top-five to achieve this feat, while Federer and Djokovic are yet to walk away with a gold at the Olympics.
7. Humility In Adversity
Nadal's reaction to a hostile Australian Open crowd this year was unexpectedly humble, and his apology touched the spectators who gave him a standing ovation after he received his runners-up trophy.
6. Impressive Professional Conduct On The Court
Unlike players like Djokovic and Marat Safin, who sometimes take out their frustration on things like poor racquets and chairs, Nadal rarely appears flustered on the court. He is a perfect role model, along with Federer, for aspiring youngsters in the game.
5. Phenomenal French Open Record
No man has ever won a single Grand Slam more than seven times, and Nadal's exploits in the French Open are well known to all. His sheer domination of the clay court tournament led him to win it an unprecedented eighth time in 2013.
4. Nine Years And Still Going Strong
Nadal has won at least one Grand Slam title each year for nine years in a row now -- another unprecedented feat that might not be broken too soon. After his unfortunate loss in the Australian Open this year, he should be raring to come back stronger and extend this tremendous achievement.
3. Comebacks from Injury Setbacks
Nadal has been proving his doubters wrong by overcoming lengthy injury layoffs, and it makes the ardent tennis fan wonder if he might have eclipsed Federer's Grand Slam record had he not lost precious playing time to rehabilitation.
2. Immense Fighting Spirit
Nadal has been hailed as the player with the best fighting spirit on the court, and his refusal to give away a single point along with his never-say-die attitude has won him millions of admirers across the globe.
1. Domination Of The Best Of The Rest
Nadal has an enviable record over the best players of his generation as he continues to dominate Federer, Djokovic and Murray with impressive head-to-head records against them.
See Nadal play live and try to capture a title by buying Wimbledon tickets from Tennis Tours!