One of the world’s finest ever players, Rafael Nadal has had to share the limelight with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for much of his career, but his second to none when it comes to clay, having won the French Open an astonishing nine times, as well as becoming only the second male player in history to win two Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces.
Rafael Nadal Biography
Nadal began his professional career in 2002, but within two years he was starting to show his dominance, particularly on clay, and in 2005 he became only the second male player ever to win the French Open at the first attempt. That started a sequence of victories at Roland Garos that ran until 2014 and was only broken by his fourth round exit in 2009. He has also won Wimbledon and the US Open twice and the Australian Open once. Injuries appear to have caught up with him, however, and he has endured two disappointing seasons in 2015 and 2016, slipping down the rankings to finish the season eighth in the world.
Bet on Rafael Nadal
Is Nadal finished? It is probably too early to write him off for sure, but there has to be a chance that 2017 could be his last season. Of course, if he’s showing signs of form when the clay court season comes round, he could still be worth considering, but keep an eye on any injury news and look for signs of a recovery before backing him in any event.
You will probably be able to get what appear to be quite tempting odds on Nadal through the early part of 2017, but given his recent injury record, bookmakers will probably be quite happy to lay him to reasonably big prices. That attitude may change come the spring if Nadal starts to show signs of returning to something like his best form, but for the forseeable future, he should be quite easy to back.