Wimbledon 2012 provided one of the shocks of the tournaments history as Lukas Rosol; seeded 100 in the world at the time, defeated two times Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the second round. The defeat marred the Spaniard’s career as he began a long spell on the side lines. The King of Clay spent most of the rest of 2012 rehabilitating for his comeback in 2013 and many doubted we would see him at his best ever again due to reoccurring Knee injuries.
But after victory over Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets in the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 in London, Nadal is guaranteed to end an astonishing year as number one in the world, a position he deserves after his heroics on the courts this year. Nadal has won 73 matches out of 79, a win percentage of 92.4%. He won both the French and US Open this term although he did lose in the opening round of Wimbledon this term to Belgian Steve Darcis.
Nadal is physically the strongest of the top players in the world of Tennis. He has an out of this world forehand shot which is both full of pace and precision, with many opponents struggling to cope with his physical dominance.
Nadal looks on course to win at the season ending tournament in London this week to cap of a remarkable year for the player who even I believed was going to full short of the greatness he has shown in previous years. It’s guaranteed Nadal will have to endure a shortened career because one day his fragile knees won’t be able to withstand much more, but I think we will still see the best of Rafa Nadal for a few more years to come…