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Shark Bites: Nadal's Clay-Court Dominance

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ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a closer look at Rafael Nadal's success during the European spring clay-court swing.

CLAY COURT DOMINATOR – Nadal has dominated on clay since 2005, winning 30 titles in 37 tournaments played during the European spring clay-court circuit beginning with Monte-Carlo and finishing with Roland Garros. Here is a year-by-year look at Nadal’s success:

Euro Clay Titles Monte-Carlo Barcelona Madrid Rome Paris
2012 4 Won Won 3R Won Won
2011 3 Won Won RUP RUP Won
2010 4 Won DNP Won Won Won
2009 3 Won Won RUP Won 4R
2008 4* Won Won N/A 2R Won
2007 4 Won Won N/A Won Won
2006 4 Won Won N/A Won Won
2005 4 Won Won N/A Won Won

*Note: Also Won Hamburg title in 2008 and R-up in 2007

SIX PACK OF TITLES – Nadal is the only player to win four different tournaments at least six times. Here is a look at players to win at least six titles (in alpha order):

Player Titles
Andre Agassi Miami '90, '95, '96, '01, '02, '03
Bjorn Borg Roland Garros '74, '75, '78, '79, '80, '81
Jimmy Connors Birmingham '74, '75, '76, '78, '79, '80
Roger Federer Barclays ATP World Tour Finals '03, '04,' 06, '07, '10, '11
Roger Federer Wimbledon '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '09, '12
Ivan Lendl Montreal/Toronto '80, '81, '83, '87, '88, '89
Rafael Nadal Roland Garros '05, '06, '07, '08, '10, '11, '12
Rafael Nadal Barcelona '05, '06, '07,' 08, '09, '11, '12
Rafael Nadal Rome '05, '06, '07, '09 , '10, '12
Rafael Nadal Monte Carlo '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12
Pete Sampras Wimbledon '93, '94, '95, '97, '98, '99 ,'00
Balazs Taroczy Hilversum '76, '78, '79, '80, '81, '82
Guillermo Vilas Buenos Aires '73, '74, '75, '76, '77, '79, '82

CLAY COURT W-L LEADERS (Since 2008) – There are five players with a match winning pct. of 80% or better on clay since 2008, led by Nadal (as at 14 April. 2013).

Player W-L Pct.
1. Rafael Nadal 133-7 .950
2. Roger Federer 76-17 .817
3. Novak Djokovic 78-18 .812
4. Juan Martin del Potro 54-13 .806
5. David Ferrer 137-34 .801

OPEN ERA CLAY COURT TITLE LEADERS – Nadal is No. 3 on the Open Era Clay Court Titles list:

Player Titles
1. Guillermo Vilas 45
2. Thomas Muster 40
3. Rafael Nadal 38
4. Bjorn Borg 30
4. Manuel Orantes 30
6. Ivan Lendl 28
6. Ilie Nastase 28
8. Jose-Luis Clerc 21
9. Mats Wilander 20
10. Andres Gomez 16
10. Carlos Moya 16

TOP 10 EMIRATES ATP RANKINGS CAREER TITLES ON CLAY – Here is a look at the Top 10 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings and their ATP World Tour level career titles on clay:

Player Titles
1. Novak Djokovic. 7
2. Andy Murray 0
3. Roger Federer 10
4. David Ferrer 10
5. Rafael Nadal 38
6. Tomas Berdych 2
7. Juan Martin del Potro 4
8. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 0
9. Richard Gasquet 2
10. Janko Tipsarevic 1

 

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