Rafael Reborn: Will Nadal be a Wimbledon Contender?

Nadal’s 2012 Wimbledon Agony

Tennis fans watching Wimbledon 2012 will remember Roger Federer’s return to his majestic best and Andy Murray’s tears. However there is perhaps one memory that eclipses both of these – Rafael Nadal’s shock second round defeat to Lukas Rosol. The Spaniard, fresh from his usual Grand Slam Victory at the French Open was many people’s favourite for the tournament but the virtually unknown Czech produced a blistering display to seal one of the greatest upsets in the history of the Wimbledon championships.

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To add injury to insult Nadal was subsequently out of action for the rest of the year with tendinitis, slipping to an eight year low of 5th in the world. Since his return to action in February however, he has stored back to form. Though many would have doubted whether he could regain his form Nadal looked like he had never been away, making his return to tennis in Vina Del Mar and reaching the final. He has since won 6 out of 7 events to put his Wimbledon woes well and truly behind him. Nadal now looks a genuine contender for the upcoming French Open and the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.

What are Nadal’s  2013 Wimbledon Chances?

Nadal returns to grand slam tennis at a time when men’s tennis is more competitive than ever. Roger Federer returns to Wimbledon as defending champion having proved once again at Wimbledon 2012 why he is arguably the greatest grass court player of all time. His trade mark accuracy and graceful style are a joy to watch.

Federer’s opponent in last year’s Wimbledon title was Andy Murray, whose pain at losing a fourth grand slam final was clear to all in an emotional post match interview. An Olympic Gold and a US Open Victory later; Murray has finally proven that he can beat the very best on the big stage. With the pressure to win a grand slam finally lifted Murray is playing with a new confidence that will make him a genuine contender for Wimbledon if he can regain form following his current injury.

Novak Djokovic however remains the man to beat. He proved again at the Australian Open why he is world no 1 with an impressive ability to return seemingly un-returnable shots and to turn defence into attack in the blink of an eye.

With the likes of Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin Del-Potro more than capable of causing an upset, the competition for Nadal is fiercer than ever but if his current form is anything to go by Rafael Nadal has every chance of being the Wimbledon 2013 Champion. He will be determined to make up for last year’s second round defeat and there are few opponents in the sporting world who are more dangerous than Rafael Nadal with a point to prove.

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