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Rafael Nadal- Interview following 2010 US Open
What else is there is to say about this guy? He absolutely wrecks on clay.
Having a typical Nadal-esque clay-court season, the Spaniard took down four huge clay-court tournaments—most importantly, his record-breaking seventh French Open.
He turned the tables on Djokovic and reclaimed titles in Monte Carlo and Rome. These victories could be considered bouts of vicious revenge, to be sure.
"No one beats Rafael Nadal eight straight times."
All joking aside, Nadal did not let the past bring him down as he gave Djokovic a taste of his own medicine throughout the duration of the clay-court season.
Not to mention he's pretty darn good on the other surfaces as well.
Djokovic escaped Rafa by the narrowest of margins Down Under. He came back from a seemingly-irreversible break in the fifth set against Nadal who—in my opinion—is the best front-runner in tennis.
Beating the best player in the world (Djokovic) three consecutive times is a pretty significant accomplishment and deserves to be highly regarded in the context of this debate.
In supplement, Nadal overcame Federer in the Australian Open semifinal in a wonderful four-set match. Both men drove each other to the limit. This was surely their most significant match of the year—a huge positive in the argument for Nadal.
The one obvious crack in the armor of Nadal is the second-round loss to Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon. This is a match that will surely inspire Nadal for a strong push in the latter stages of the season.