Rafael Nadal: 5 Reasons Why Rafa Is Destined for Wimbledon Championship
Nadal will be competing with the likes of the following tennis greats: No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and 16-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer. The level of competition will be intense, yet coming off a French Open title over Djokovic, there is no question Nadal has to be feared at Wimbledon.
Expected to cruise through Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci and rest of his draw, there is no question this is a talent set to make an impressive run in London.
These are the five reasons why Rafael Nadal will dominate at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.
Has French Open Victory
Masterful play at Roland Garros will undoubtedly play a role in how well he plays at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.
Nadal comes into the tournament fresh off of a 2012 French Open title that came against none other than No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
More importantly, it was as dominant a display of tennis as Rafa has ever put on display. The only set Nadal dropped in the entire tournament came against the Djoker in the final.
Has Something to Prove on Grass
With a seventh French Open title, Nadal could well be argued as the best clay-court player to ever play the sport. Yet with just two Wimbledon titles and a loss in last year's final, there is no question Nadal is fired up to perform at this year's tourney.
The main criticism against Nadal is that in spite of his masterful play on clay, the best in the game are able to take down Rafa on the grass surface. He boasts power in his style, but not nearly to the extent of a Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic. As a result, it is why many believe he is not the best player on the surface.
What many forget is that he is 49-11 on the surface, which is nothing Nadal has to hang his head for. With two championships in his last three Wimbledon appearances, Nadal must win again to prove his worth on grass. A third title in four years would inevitably silence the critics.
Is Dominating the Competition This Season
The hype surrounding Federer, Murray and Djokovic is warranted, yet in reality it is Nadal that is putting on the most impressive display of tennis this season.
Nadal is 41-5 on the year, a record that tops Federer, Murray and even Djokovic, too. Federer has gone 39-6 on the season, Murray is 26-9 and Djokovic is 36-6. He has already racked up four titles as well, which is tied with Federer for the most titles won by the top four this season.
This play will translate to the Championships for Rafa, as it is clear he has given the top four something to think about this tourney.
Has the Victory over Djokovic He Needed
After seven consecutive finals losses to Novak Djokovic, enough was enough for Rafael Nadal.
Rafa responded with two consecutive wins over Djokovic, taking the world's best down at the ATP Masters Tour at both Monte Carlo and Rome. Yet he had still lost three straight Grand Slam finals to the Djoker, which recently ended with a 2012 French Open win.
Now with three wins in a row over Novak, Rafa certainly has to be pleased with his tennis as of late. Expect the two-time champion to be significantly more confident in this tournament as a result.
Has Dominated the Championships Recently
When it comes to the Championships, it is clear Nadal knows how to dominate the competition.
Rafa has made a finals appearance in each of the last five Wimbledon tournaments he has played in, a record dating back to 2006. According to The Telegraph, Nadal did not suit up for the 2009 tournament because of a knee injury that had lingered on for much of the season prior to Wimbledon.
Nadal was tournament champion in both 2008 and 2010 and finished as runner-up in 2011 to No. 1 Novak Djokovic. There is no question this is a player that has mastered the grass in London and will do just the same in 2012.