VTR OPEN 2013
Nadal To Return In Viña As Part Of His 'Golden Swing' Tour
Vina del Mar, Chile
by ATP Staff|
The announcement came just 48 hours after the Spaniard confirmed his participation at the Brasil Open 2013, in Sao Paulo, from 11 February. And Nadal is also a confirmed starter at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, beginning 25 February.
Chilean veteran Nicolas Massu, who has received a wild card into the VTR Open, where he last played a tour-level event 12 months ago, is delighted to welcome Nadal to Viña del Mar. "It's amazing. It's an honour to have Rafa here, a player with such status. I admire him a lot, because at 26 he's already one of the greatest of all times".
"It's a real honour to receive him in Viña del Mar, the city where I grew up and was raised as a tennis player. It's amazing to have the best clay-court player of all time. It's the best tennis news for Chile in years. It would be a dream to face Nadal in Viña".
CLAY COURT KING – Nadal has the best career match record on clay in the Open Era with a 254-19 mark (.930) and he’s 36-4 in clay finals. Here's a year-by-year look at Nadal's clay court supremacy since 2005, compiling a 227-9 match record (.962). and 35-4 mark in clay court finals on the ATP World Tour:
|2011||28-2||3-2 (l. to Djokovic both)|
|2009||23-2||3-1 (l. to Federer)|
|2007||31-1||5-1 (l. to Federer)|
Open Era Clay Court Title Leaders – Nadal is No. 3 in the Open Era clay court titles leaders list:
|T-4||Bjorn Borg, Manuel Orantes||30|
|T-6||Ivan Lendl, Ilie Nastase||28|
|T-10||Andres Gomez, Carlos Moya||16|