Written by Peter Gehr Senior Tennis Editor
If you’ve been asking yourself, “how will Rafael Nadal win his way back to No. 1 in ATP rankings in 2012”? Well, imagine the intensity of this very same question in the mind of the king of clay himself. Rafa is deeply passionate about his game, and with recent injuries hindering his best performance potential during the 2011 season, he may be posturing to regain his dominance on the court.
The Australian Open awaits the outcome of the fiery Spaniards game as he, no doubt, prepares to claim the illustrious title as his own.
How Will Rafael Nadal Win His Way Back to No. 1 in ATP Rankings in 2012?
Rafael Nadal endured arguably the most disappointing year of his illustrious career as he was beaten in six successive finals to the man who also stole his spot atop the rankings.
His admission of being left sprawled on the floor of the Wimbledon dressing room by his 2007 Wimbledon final defeat to Roger Federer, inconsolable in a floor of tears, makes you realise how much of an act that ‘it just wasn’t my day’ expression he uses to mask his pain really is.
While the ‘king of clay’ may be humble enough to accept the truth that the tennis Djokovic played in 2011 was simply at a different level to any of his peers, such appreciation will have done little to ease the pain of a year when almost all but the French Open was torn from his grasp.
Morale will have been given a much-needed boost by leading his nation to Davis Cup glory at the end of the season in front of an adoring crowd in Seville – the scene where he announced himself as a star in the beckoning as an 18-year-old with a first of four titles for his country.
Nadal not only lost two Grand Slam finals to Djokovic in 2011 but, arguably more worryingly, he was also beaten twice on his cherished clay.
To only know what was going through Nadal’s mind as he watched the semi-final at Roland Garros between Federer and Djokovic, who had not lost all year.
On one hand there must have been a twinge of fear in his mind, ‘what if he beats me for a third successive time on my home turf?’ Never mind Wimbledon, a defeat over five sets in Nadal’s safety zone, where not even Federer has conquered while the red dirt specialist was fit, would cement the Serb’s superiority.
Then there would have been the gladiatorial Nadal, the Nadal that has had hammered into him the value of determination and bravery by uncle Toni, the Nadal who overcame his fears of a repeat of his 2007 Wimbledon final defeat to deny Federer a record sixth successive title at SW19.
Following a career constantly threatened by injuries, Nadal has always been a man to value the importance of the present, and will therefore see the next chance to beat Djokovic as potentially his final chance. Click here to visit the original source of this post
How will Rafael Nadal win his way back to No. 1 in ATP rankings in 2012? We shall soon see how Rafa plays out his game in Melbourne, Australia, as this will be a tournament that he has set in his sites to win. The world No. 2 has had an amazing career so far, and let’s not forget the 541 wins he’s had since beginning his professional journey in 2001.
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