Rafael Nadal heads to Australia with a point to prove this January. His Fourth Round defeat at Wimbledon and absence from the US Open due to injury mean that Nadal’s name isn’t the name on everyone’s lips at the minute.
He’ll be ready and raring to go Down Under and if you’re going to make use of bet365’s 100% deposit bonus, this article may persuade you that Nadal is the man to back. Here are five reasons why he can reign in Oz.
1 He’s closing in on Federer
Nadal’s fourteen majors see him tied in second with Pete Sampras on the all time leader board and just three behind rival Roger Federer. The 28 year old has time on his side in his pursuit of his Swiss counterpart and with that record in sight, he’ll need no extra motivation when the first Grand Slam of 2015 comes around.
2 His Injury May Prove Beneficial
Nadal missed the US Open through injury and some believe that his constant time on the sidelines mean that he hasn’t got too long left at the top. However, Nadal’s injury troubles could be turned into a positive for him. Nobody wants to miss out on majors but Rafa’s absence in New York has given him some much needed rest after a hectic late season schedule and watching on from the stands will have made him itching to get back on the court. He could come back fresher and hungrier than ever.
3 Final heartache last year
The 2014 tournament came when Nadal was playing some of the best Tennis of his life. He has won the US and French Open title the year before and was looking well and truly unstoppable. That was until he met Stanislas Wawrinka in the Final in Melbourne. Wawrinka beat Nadal in four sets and the Spaniard had to settle for Runner Up. This is a feeling that no professional likes experiencing so you can bet Nadal will use that to his advantage this year as he looks to go one better.
4 Point prove off clay courts
Although Nadal has completed the Grand Slam by winning all four majors, his critics still argue that to be considered among the greats of the game, he has to do more away from his favoured surface of clay. Nine of his fourteen majors have come at the French Open with his only success in Australia coming back in 2009. Naturally, Nadal is as competitive as they come on the Tennis court and if there is a point to be proven, you can bet he will want to do it.
5 THAT forehand
Nadal’s forehand is still the most formidable in the game and capable of turning any game on its head in all conditions. To throw some physics your way, Nadal’s forehand generates 3,200 revolutions per minute and can reach up to 5,000 rpm. To put this into context, this is on average 20% higher than Roger Federer’s and over 1,000 rpm than the likes of Sampras and Agassi would get on their forehand shots on average. To cut a long story short, it’s a lethal weapon that no one on the circuit can come close to.
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