Rafael Nadal | Wimbledon Men’s Tennis Players | Wimbledon Championships Odds

The ‘King of Clay’ is not only a master of the clay surface. Nadal is also no slouch on hard courts and grass courts, as he proved by beating arch-rival, Roger Federer, in the final of the 2008 Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

Rafael Nadal Bio

Rafael Nadal showed precocious talent as a young tennis player. Born into a family with a strong sporting heritage, Nadal was groomed for the professional game within his family, with his uncle, Toni Nadal, acting as his mentor throughout his youth career.
Nadal won his first ATP Tour match at the age of 15, and at the age of 16 beat Roger Federer in his very first match against the world number one. In 2004, aged just 16, Nadal won his first ATP Tour title, and went on to finish the season ranked 51 in the ATP Tour.

Rafael Nadal Playing Style

Rafael Nadal is a consummate clay court player, with a full repertoire of spin and drop shots. He also possesses great strength and tenacity, balancing the soft-touches of his clay court game with booming forehands and powerful serves.
Rafael Nadal’s greatest assets are his mental strength and mobility. The Spaniard rarely gives up, and backs himself to the hilt when fit. His stamina is legendary, and allows him to literally outlast opponents in drawn out matches.

Rafael Nadal Achievements

Rafael Nadal is best known for his success at the French Open where has been virtually unbeatable when in form, claiming a string of titles at Rolland Garros. However, two of his career-defining moments came at the US Open and Australian Open, both of which saw him claim the title after epic finals against arch-rival Roger Federer.
Besides his grand slam feats, Rafael Nadal has had more than a little success in the Masters Series tournaments. His achievements include having dominated several of these tournaments on clay courts, achieving a truly impressive hail of Masters Series title, including Rome, Monte Carlo and Madrid.

Rafael Nadal Wimbledon Form

Rafael Nadal doesn’t appear to be far off the form that took him to his maiden Wimbledon title in 2008. The Spaniard appears to have recovered fully from the knee problems that dented his confidence in 2009, and should be a good bet to make the final of Wimbledon championships in 2010.