In tennis the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London RAFAEL NADAL is primed for two of the most important events each year – the ATP Tour Finals and the 2011 Davis Cup final (in Seville, Spain). NADAL took a break from competition after the Shanghai Open Masters to focus on working on his game, recovering both physically and mentally to peak for London and Davis Cup. Watch the two ATP Tour Finals matches each day in Singapore at 10pm, then at 4am, from Sunday 20 to Saturday 26 November.
In this series of 8 articles two great photos, numerous details specific to each player, how to buy your tickets plus an individual schedule of play are supplied so you know exactly which days to watch your favourite players in action. An easy way for you to find all of the ATP Finals articles in this series (about No.8 Mardy Fish, No.7 Tomas Berdych, No.6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No.5 David Ferrer, No.4 Roger Federer and No.3 Andy Murray), is to click the following link -> 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals London.
The 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualifier RAFAEL NADAL is pictured above in full swing after making contact with the ball with this single-handed backhand drive at the 2011 Cincinnati Open. The 1.88m NADAL is currently ranked at No.2 in the ATP rankings and was drawn in Group B. The 25-year-old holds the record for winning the most ATP Tour Masters 1000 singles titles with 19, one ahead of his closest rival Roger Federer.
The natural born right-hander who plays tennis left-handed is playing the year-end finals for the 7th straight year. The former World No.1 qualified on 8 June making him the second man to qualify for London, almost three whole months before the 3rd player qualified which, demonstrates how much better Novak Djokovic and NADAL have performed this year than anyone else.
The Mallorcan won a record equalling 6th Roland Garros single title earlier this year and was the runner-up at both Wimbledon and the US Open. NADAL proved he is the most successful player on clay in ATP history after winning the “Clay Slam” in 2010 and an ATP first, 7th Masters 1000 singles title (and in a row) at the one Masters 1000 event (Monte Carlo Open). The Clay Slam is winning the Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome Masters 1000 titles and Roland Garros all in one year.
NADAL highlighted how important the ATP Tour Finals are when he said, “Always being here is big motivation. It’s one of the more beautiful courts in the world. To go out to this court, always with a full crowd, it is difficult to have higher motivation because the feelings are fantastic.”
NADAL would love to win his first ATP Finals after being the runner-up last year and is confident, fired-up and ready as he revealed when he said, “To finish the season with a good feeling, like I had last year, is important, it’s positive, and I’m working for that, I am feeling good. I feel happy about how I am practising and doing things. I’m happy about how my mind is working, and I’m working hard every day with enough motivation. That’s the most important thing.”
NADAL achieved a career-high ITF Junior singles ranking of No.145 on 30 December 2002. The Spaniard only played one ITF Junior singles tournament, instead focusing on putting all his time and energy into continually learning how to improve his game and ingraining all of the right habits plus mental discipline to which, pave the way for success.
By only playing two ITF Junior Davis Cup ties for Spain and one Junior Grand Slam event at NADAL forecast what would mean the most to him in his pro career and where his ambitions lied. NADAL has won 2 Davis Cups (2004 and 2009) representing his beloved Spain and has a huge appetite for MAJOR singles titles and for the winner’s trophies! The Spanish No.1 is pictured below just prior to making contact with the ball for this double-handed backhand drive at the 2011 Cincinnati Open.
A quick look at more very interesting RAFA details…
- Who is in his Group: Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Mardy Fish
- Round robin schedule: Sunday 20, Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 November
- Career-high ranking: No.1 which he first achieved on 18 August 2008
- Best result in ATP Tour Finals: Runner-up in 2010
- 2011 singles win-loss record: 66 wins and 13 losses
- Best Grand Slam singles result: 10-time singles champion and owns a career Grand Slam
- Career singles titles won: 46 and runner-up 20 times
- Is he on Twitter: Yes – follow him-> @RafaelNadal
- Tennis racquet: BABOLAT AeroPro Drive GT, follow Babolat-> @Babolat
- Tennis Gear: Nike – follow Nike on Twitter-> @NikeTennis
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© 1st photo credit: Beth Wilson
© 2nd photo credit: Beth Wilson