Sunday, April 17, 2011

Rafael Nadal: The King Of Clay

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Chalk up another title for World No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

Rafa just finished winning his 7th consecutive title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in Monaco. He defeated World No. 6 and fellow countryman David Ferrer (6-4, 7-5) en route to his 44th career title and first of 2011. And of course, it was on a clay-court where Rafa is virtually unbeatable.

Nadal has now won the Masters event in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. An incredible accomplishment.

With today's defeat of Ferrer, Rafa has now won 37 consecutive matches at Monte-Carlo where he hasn't lost since 2003 when he was only a young qualifier. He missed the event in 2004 due to an injury but since 2005, when he burst into the scene, it has been lights out at this event. Nobody and I mean nobody has had an answer for Rafa ever since. What a run!

The next few events are going to be fun to follow as Nadal looks to storm his way through the clay-court season on his way to the "big clay-court fish", the 2011 French Open. Rafa would be seeking title No. 6 at the French and there's no doubt he's going to be the heavy favorite.

The slogan for the clay-court season should be, "Don't Mess with Rafa On Clay!" Unless of course, you're World No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who's out there somewhere licking his chops. There is no question Djokovic's 0-9 record on clay against Rafa is irking him.

GOOD LUCK Novak! But as far as the clay-court season goes all eyes are still on Rafa!

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Is he the "King of Clay"? You betcha!

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