Rafael Nadal – The King of Clay and Greatest Player in French Open History

Rafael Nadal - The King of Clay and Greatest Player in French Open History

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Rafael Nadal turns 35 during the 2021 French Open. It will be the 17th time in his illustrious career that he has graced the clay courts of Roland Garros.

Performing in Paris is something the Spaniard has done year in, year out with alarming regularity. In fact, across his 16 consecutive French Open appearances, Nadal has lost just two matches in the Grand Slam tournament.

His moniker, the King of Clay, is something that he has well and truly earned by breaking all records. Most tennis players would call 13 Slams a fabulous career, but they are just Nadal’s Roland Garros wins alone.

The only blemishes, if you can call them that, on his magnificent French Open record were losses to Robin Söderling in four sets back in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals. Other than that, Nadal has been untouchable in the City of Light.

Maybe there’s something in the water, but for some reason he has shone brightest of all in Paris. Nadal’s is the perfect game for clay court competition, and so it has proved time and time again.

This is why the tennis betting on the French Open men’s singles this year has him a hot 6/5 favourite with only long-time rival Djokovic and Austrian player Dominic Thiem thought capable of an upset.

Nadal is a master at work. Just as sculptors mould from clay, he reigns supreme on this surface. When he finally retires, he will go down as the greatest at Roland Garros ever. Even before 1925 when the French Open was anything but, and only French club members could play, no man or woman can boast anything like the singles success Nadal has enjoyed here. What makes his incredible achievements even more remarkable is the company he has been keeping for most of his career.

Nobody else has got much of a look-in at Roland Garros with Nadal on the scene but, elsewhere and at other Slams, he has been part of a golden era for tennis. Swiss superstar Roger Federer and Djokovic are both contemporaries.

Along with Sir Andy Murray, this Big Four have dominated tennis since the mid-2000s. Nadal’s place among the pantheon of greats is assured, then, but he will always be synonymous with the French Open.

He has completed the career Grand Slam with success at the Australian Open in Melbourne, reigning on the grass courts of Wimbledon twice in the past, and four US Open victories at Flushing Meadows between 2010 and 2019. Nadal has won two or more tennis majors in the same year five times.

There is no need or desire on his part to get away from his association with clay. History will remember Nadal as a force of nature, best of his generation from a nation that has its fair share of memorable tennis pros.

Perhaps the scariest thing about Nadal is that he’s not done yet. There is still time to extend his French Open record, and he probably will.

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Aguero 2012

Aguero 2012 On May 13, 2012, Manchester City striker Sergi Aguero scored arguably the most dramatic goal in the history of the Premier League. On the final day of the 2011/12 season, City topped the Premier League table on goal difference, so needed only to equal the result of arch crosstown rivals, Manchester United, to be crowned champions for the first time since 1968.

United took a 1-0 lead in their match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light but, when right back Pablo Zabaleta scored for City against Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium just before half-time, the Sky Blues were back on top on goal difference. However, Djibril Cisse equalised for QPR shortly after the restart and, remarkably, even after captain Joey Barton was dismissed for violent conduct, the Super Hoops took a 2-1 lead after 66 minutes courtesy of a Jamie Mackie header.

QPR still held that lead heading into injury time, with City manager Robert Mancini becoming increasingly frantic on the sidelines, before substitute Edin Dzeko rose to head the equaliser after 92 minutes. Two minutes later, Aguero played a neat give-and-go with Mario Balotelli on the edge of the Rangers penalty area, stepped past the last defender and lashed the ball past goalkeeper Paddy Kenny. With the now infamous cry of ‘AGUEROOOO!’ from commentator Martin Tyler still ringing out, the striker wheeled his shirt above his head in celebration; Aguero received a yellow card for ‘excessive celebration’, but that mattered little as City became the first team since Arsenal, in 1989, to win the league title on goal difference.

The Best Boxing Matches In Modern History

The Best Boxing Matches In Modern History Boxing is one of the most popular and most influential sports in the world. Throughout the years, we’ve witnessed many legends step into the ring and achieve greatness which will be remembered for eternity. Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson, and Sugar Ray Robinson are just a few of those legends which managed to make the impossible look easy and show the world that with the proper dedication, there is no height that cannot be reached.

This sport also managed to influence other industries. One of the most interesting and surprising was the online casino industry. Research has shown that boxing fans are also quite fond of these games, which is why game providers have supplied sites like casino777.es with various virtual boxing games, as well as with slot games that are themed on this sport. The idea is to make boxing fans feel comfortable and enjoy them to the maximum.

It goes without saying that boxing is a respected sport. The sportsmen act as role models and continue to elevate this discipline with each passing day. We, the fans, have watched many great fights over the years, and with that thought in mind, we decided to name our list of the top 3 fights in the modern era. Let’s check them out.

Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao

Dubbed as the Fight of the Century, Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao went down as the most anticipated fight in the history of boxing. After spending several years negotiating, both of these fighters clashed on May 2, 2015. The fight was televised through a PPV and broke the record with approximately 4.6 million buys.

Although the pre-fight era was very pumped, the fight itself let many people down. Critics stated that Floyd was too defensively orientated, which made it very boring. Several post-fight controversies like the supposed shoulder injury by Manny, and the IV injections that Floyd took also came to light. It is worth mentioning that Floyd won the bout via unanimous decision.

Anthony Joshua – Wladimir Klitschko

Next up, we have a bout in which the underdog managed to shock the world as he beat one of the greatest heavyweight boxers in the history of the sport. Although Joshua has already made a name for himself at the time, no one believed that he has the skills to beat Klitschko. The fight took place on April 29, 2017, at Wembley Stadium in London and it is safe to say that it exceeded the expectations of the fans by a milestone.

It was filled with action, knockdowns, and was named Fight of the Year by The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Anthony Joshua beat Wladimir via eleventh-round TKO and won the IBF and the vacant WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight titles.

Deontay Wilder – Tyson Fury II

Our last entry on this list is the rematch between Wilder and Fury. The first fight showed just how good both of these fighters were. Wilder managed to keep one of the most skilled boxers at bay, while Fury put on a flawless show after battling drug and alcohol abuse, as well as depression for the past few years.

Since the first fight ended in a draw, the rematch was highly anticipated and many fans around the world were keen to see these two fighters step in the ring one more time. The rematch took place on February 22, 2020, at the MGM Grand. Fury TKO’d Wilder out in the seventh round. In that round, Wilder’s corner threw the towel and the referee stopped the fight.