Rafael Nadal

French Open Tennis Contenders 2012 - Rafael Nadal

US Open Rafael NadalThis sensational player quite rightly became world number one in 2008 but he has somewhat suffered a dip in form over the last year. He has not been quite the same player since returning from injury but still is regarded to be the best player in the world on clay. He is the four times Champion at Roland Gaross but suffered his first ever defeat in Paris last year when Robin Soderling over powered him. He will be desperate to put that right in 2010 and if he hits top form on the clay then he will be difficult to beat once again in the French Open.

2010 Form

Started the year in worrying form when he picked up a knee injury at the Australian Open when losing to Andy Murray but has bounced back on the clay this Spring. On the red stuff he has once again proved unbeatable with wins in Monte Carlo, Rome and Madrid over the last month. He has become the first ever player to achieve that treble in one season and if he carries that form into Roland Garros then the others will be in deep trouble.

Rafael Nadal French Open Tennis Odds 2012

Profile

Rafa Nadal is a phenomenon, the likes of which we will rarely see again. He has six Grand Slam titles to his name already, proving to his critics that he can now play on all surfaces and win on them too against the best in the world. At 23 years old, Nadal, has suffered a slight slump in form over the past year with a knee injury ending his season early. He has not quite got back to his 2008 level since returning from injury but on clay is still the man to beat according to the bookies and it is hard to argue with that assesment based on his form this last month.