Tennis is rich in history. It has seen many a great players, be it Rod Laver, Chris evert, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and many more from the past or the recent ones like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal. Each and every one of them is a legend in his/her own right.Speaking of Nadal, the southpaw has emerged as a force to reckon with since 2005 when he won his first Grand Slam and the rest as they say, is History. He is widely regarded as the finest clay court player in history and has been nicknamed “The King of Clay.” His evolution into an all-court threat has established him as one of the best ever all-rounders in tennis, with some – including former world No. 1 Andre Agassi – considering Nadal to be the greatest player of all time.
There’s no denying the fact that Nadal is arguably one of the best players in the world and he has the credentials to back him up. He has won 14 Grand Slams as of yet including 9 French Opens, 2 wimbledons , 2 US Opens and 1 Australian Open.But then, Nadal’s also had his share of controversies too. There have been lot of discussions regarding how the ‘King of Clay’ is only active during the clay season and pretty much favours anonymity during the other time of the year – grass and hard courts.Hardcore fans may find it hard to believe but Rafa ( as he is fondly called) has a profound interest in missing tournaments that are not clay. Nadal is often criticized for having a ‘physical breakdown’ before of the Australian Open, the Wimbledon and the US Open but never before Roland Garros. Some fans of the game have gona as far as accusing the Spaniard of faking injuries as an excuse for taking adequate amount of rest and a little extra preparation when the time comes to defend his ‘Fortress’ – he’s lost just once there in 10 years.
The only time he lost was in 2009 when he lost to Sweden’s Robin Soderling in the 4th Round. Nadal’s record at Paris also does more damage than salvage his image with critics aiming potshots at him winning more French Opens than all his other Grand Slams combined (which is almost half the amount).well, whatever it may be Nadal would still remain one of the greatest players ever to hold a racquet and tennis folklore would be incomplete without mentioning the accounts of his rivalry with Federer and Djokovic.
[author image=”http://www.aapkatimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Anurag.jpg” ]I am Anurag Sharma pursuing bachelor in Journalism and Mass Communication from Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Management Studies, Delhi. Football is like a religion for me and one day I wish to become a sports journalist. [/author]