Rafael Nadal saw players during Clay Court campaign


From Rafael Nadal to maiden Masters champion John Isner, we profile five men targeting success during the clay court campaign.

Nadal,As attention switches from the American hard courts, who will make the quickest transition onto the slower clay courts in Europe?

Here, we look at five contenders who could feature prominently on the red dirt in the lead up to the French Open.

Nadal is set to return to the ATP tour for the first time since his Australian Open quarter-final defeat in January, but Nadal has already made a successful return for Spain in the Davis Cup against Germany by winning both his singles’ rubbers.

The expectation is now for the 16-time Grand Slam champion to play at the prestigious Monte-Carlo Masters later this month and win an historic 11th title.

The 31-year-old regained his world No 1 ranking but only holds a 100-point advantage over Federer and will be under pressure to defend the points he earned during a hugely successful campaign last year.

The Spaniard won a record 10th title at the prestigious event on the Cote d’Azur and consequently became the first man in the Open Era to win a single tournament 10 times. Nadal also won titles in Barcelona and Madrid before Dominic Thiem ended his 17-match unbeaten winning run in Rome.

He arrived for the French Open as the overwhelming favourite and cruised through to the showpiece at Roland Garros before completing a successful fortnight with a resounding victory against Stan Wawrinka.


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