There was a time when it felt like Rafael Nadal could do no wrong. It has been quite a few years since he dominated the sport of Tennis. But it looks like he might soon have the opportunity to claim the number one position for the first time since 2014. That makes this as good a time as any to bet on Tennis.
Andy Murray isn’t that stable at the top of the rankings at the moment, and it will only take a successful semi-final run in Montreal for Rafael to knock him off his throne. Like a true sportsman, Rafael has downplayed the possibility of him taking the top spot.
And naturally, you have to assume that the rigors of tennis don’t give him that much time to worry about rankings. He needs to focus on his preparations. But even if he doesn’t assert his determination to make it to the top spot, Rafael only needs to maintain the same level of consistency he manifested in the first part of the season to supplant Murray.
There was a time when Rafael’s fans thought he would never climb back up to his current position. The athlete has definitely suffered quite a few stumbles, at one point occupying a position as low as number ten.
And it wasn’t really his fault. Rafael has struggled with injuries. His victory at the French Open proves that he’s back in tip top shape. His match against Borna Coric (or even Mikhail Youzhny) on Wednesday in his quest for another Canadian title will give Rafael another chance to show what he is made of.
And he can take advantage of the fact that Novak Djokovic won’t be playing for the rest of the season and even Andy Murray will be absent from the US Open tune-up. Taking them on and coming out of top would have been a great confidence booster.
But it is unlikely that Rafael is crying over the fact that his path to victory has gotten that much easier, especially in light of the knee problem that sidelined Stan Wawrinka. Simply put, 2017 is Rafael’s year to dominate.
The superstar hasn’t yet gathered the momentum that his fans are looking for. As decent as he looked when he took his tenth French Open Title home, leaving Wimbledon in the Fourth round elicited some worry.
Rafael needs to mimic the likes of Roger Federer when it comes to stamina and consistency. Just when people are ready to count Federer out, he comes back with a bang and bags another Grand Slam title.
Rafael and Federer are not the only notable players on the tennis landscape these days. Juan Martin del Potro is also looking pretty good. His Monday night match ended with the American John Isner losing in straight sets.
Del Potro has his eye on the prize. Del Potro hasn’t made it to the final in a long time and he will be looking to change that trend. His ability to break Isner proved his tenacity and power, even though Del Potro tried to blame luck for his victory.
While Rafael Nadal has a lot of people buzzing, Del Potro is also starting to draw attention.