Nadal Presented With 2008 ATP Player of the Year Award
by ATP Staff|
The Spaniard will compete in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tennis tournament against World No. 4 Andy Murray on Saturday, as he attempts to win his fifth successive title in the principality.
The prestigious award was bestowed on the 22-year-old Nadal after an exceptional 2008 season. The Mallorca native was the first Spaniard to be crowned ATP World Tour champion after becoming the first left-hander to finish No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings since John McEnroe in 1984.
The Manacor resident became the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles in the same year and led the ATP World Tour season with eight tour-level titles in total and 82 match wins. He also helped Spain to the Davis Cup title by winning all three of his matches during the year.
Nadal has opened the 2009 season in similarly devastating form – winning his sixth Grand Slam championship, and first on hard court, at the Australian Open (d. Federer) and claiming his 13th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament at Indian Wells (d. Murray).