Rafael Nadal, the Spanish tennis pro, is without a doubt one of the most recognised players of our generation. He has 22 Grand Slams, 36 major trophies, and has held the World No. 1 ranking five times. Furthermore, he holds other records that will take decades to break. Even still, just a few people doubt his abilities.
Recently, Russian tennis ace Nikolay Davydenko, who resigned in 2014 after reaching the career high position of World No.3 in 2006, offered his thoughts on Nadal’s skill set.
Rafael Nadal, according to Davydenko, is not excellent on hard courts.
Davydenko mentioned the Spaniards’ hard court abilities in an interview with Clay magazine. “Playing against Nadal on hard felt like playing against just another opponent,” he remarked. I’ve beaten him in all of our hard court encounters.”
The former World No.1 defeated Davydenko in 2006 at the Tennis Masters Cup in sets of 5-7, 6-4, and 6-4. Aside from that, he was consistently thrown out in important stages of major ATP tournaments, such as the Shanghai and Madrid Masters, by Davydenko. In fact, the Russian stole the Miami Open championship from him in 2008.
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