Rafael Nadal: Tennis Player Profile

João Mourato

Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:11 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 18, 2019 3:11 PM UTC

Rafael Nadal is one of the greatest players in history and by far the best player ever to play tennis on clay courts.

<h2 style="text-align:center">Career Numbers</h2><p><strong>Date of Birth:</strong> June 3, 1986</p><p><strong>Height:</strong> 6’1” (185 cm)</p><p><strong>Birthplace</strong>: Mallorca, Spain</p><p><strong>Plays</strong>: Left Handed</p><p><strong>Titles</strong>: 80 (up to 18th April 2019)</p><ul> <li><u>Grand Slams</u>: 17</li> <li><u>Masters 1000</u>: 33</li> <li><u>Clay</u>: 57</li> <li><u>Hard Court</u>: 19</li> <li><u>Grass</u>: 4</li></ul><div> </div><div style="text-align:center"><h2>Early Career</h2><p style="text-align:left"><br />Rafael Nadal started his career at a very young age, making his professional debut at the age of 15 in 2001. It didn’t take long before Nadal made the headlines, reaching the third round of Wimbledon in 2003 and becoming the youngest player in the last 32 at the All England Club since Boris Becker in 1984. Nadal played his first full season on the ATP Tour in 2004, winning his first ATP Tour title in Sopot and helping his country to win the Davis Cup after a four-set win over Andy Roddick in the final.</p><p style="text-align:left">In 2005, Nadal enjoyed his breakthrough season to establish himself as one of the best tennis players in the world. The Spaniard won 11 ATP titles – including his first Grand Slam trophy in Roland Garros and four Masters 1000 titles – and finished the year with an incredible 50-2 record on clay. The rest is history. Nadal won 17 Grand Slam titles so far and won 57 trophies on clay with an extraordinary 92.01% winning record throughout his career on red dirt.</p><h2><br />Physical Problems</h2><p style="text-align:left"><br />When we talk about Nadal, it is impossible not to mention all the injuries he had in his career. Nadal was diagnosed with Kohler’s feet at the age of 17, a bone disorder which causes the navicular bone to temporarily lose blood supply. Besides this, the physicality of Nadal’s game took his body to the limit which resulted in chronic injuries, especially on his knee and foot.</p><p style="text-align:left">The 32-year-old spent several months without competing in multiple occasions and underwent different surgeries over the last 15 years. Nadal says that he’s been living with pain since 2005 and his uncle Toni referred to his nephew not as a tennis player but as an injured person who plays tennis. Despite all the difficulties, Nadal continues to be one of the greatest players in the world and still is by far the best clay-court player the game has ever seen.</p><h2><br />Betting Profile</h2><p style="text-align:left"><br />Nadal has always been a very interesting investment on the outright market on clay-court events but has the Spaniard profitable as well on the moneyline?</p><p style="text-align:left">Nadal is most of the times a heavy favourite to win his matches and despite his incredible 92.01% winning record on clay, his numbers on the red dirt are not impressive. According to Pinnacle’s closing odds, you would only have an ROI of 1.7% if you backed Nadal in all his previous 451 matches on clay. Surprisingly, the Spanish is not profitable in any of the other two surfaces:</p><ul> <li style="text-align:left">Hard Court: -3.8%</li> <li style="text-align:left">Grass: -12.4%</li></ul><p style="text-align:left"><br />Looking at the different price ranges, Nadal has only been profitable when his tennis odds were between 1/5 (1.20) and 1/2 (1.5). Apart from this, the Spaniard has struggled in all the other price ranges, especially when priced above even money as underdog (which only happened 36 times in his career).</p><ul> <li style="text-align:left">&lt; 1/5 (1.20): -1.1%</li> <li style="text-align:left">1/5 (1.20) to 1/2 (1.50): 4%</li> <li style="text-align:left">1/2 (1.50) to 1/1 (2.00): -12.5%</li> <li style="text-align:left">1/1 (2.00) or higher: -26.9%</li></ul><p style="text-align:left"><br />Despite his poor numbers on moneyline betting, Nadal is still a very interesting player to bet on the outright market on clay. From the several clay-court tournaments on the ATP calendar, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Roland Garros are the ones where Nadal has always played his best tennis with the Spaniard winning 33 titles in his previous 43 appearances on these three events.</p></div>
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