Rafael Nadal started to play the same magnificent Tennis his audience got used to over the past decade. After the dull period that came after his agonizing injury, the Spanish star regained his pace and also his self-confidence. The setting of this self-rediscovery is so beloved by the Spaniard – the clay court, which is the playing surface that brought him the most achievements throughout his fabulous career.

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Victories are piling up one after another

The Spaniard continues the series of victories that began in Monte Carlo. Facing a new challenge, namely the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell tournament, the Spanish player made a great debut.

In the first match of this tournament from the ATP World Tour 500 category, Nadal left no chance to his compatriot Marcel Granollers-Puyol (ATP No.50). At the end of the match, that was entirely controlled by Nadal, slightly after an hour and a half, Granollers-Puyol admitted to his defeat 6-3 6-2.

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Earlier today, Rafael Nadal surpassed another compatriot in his way to the quarterfinals in Barcelona: Albert Montanes (104 ATP) was crushed in a heart beat 6-2 6-2.

The clay court seems to be like a breath of fresh air for Nadal. After the first less fortunate part for him, it seems that things are going well again for the former world leader. Currently holding the 5th position in the ATP ranking, Nadal has every chance of improving his place in the ranking.

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The player on the 4th position is Stan Wawrinka, a player who will have thousands of points to defend. The Swiss player won the Roland Garros last year, and now he will have to defend his 2,000 points. Given that his game has become inconstant, a change in the ranking is now possible.

It’s already the 7th consecutive victory on the clay court for Nadal: he had 5 victories in Monte Carlo and also two in Barcelona.

A deja-vu from 2005

The series of victories at the beginning of this clay season can be compared (for now only partially) to the one he started in the spring of 2005. Back then, the young Nadal managed to play a perfect season on the clay court at the early age of 19. In that spring, Nadal had a phenomenal rise in the ATP ranking due to several consecutive successes in the Masters Series tournaments in Monte Carlo and Rome, added to the trophy won in Barcelona and, last but not least, to the first Grand Slam trophy in his career, the one at Roland Garros.

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At the end of the French Open, Nadal climbed all the way to the 3rd position in the ATP ranking.

Of course, the comparison can be easily contradicted, but as it happened back then, Nadal isn’t perceived as a ‘killer’ on the tennis court at the time being. At that time, he was an apparently unknown and full of frenzy young man and now Nadal’s almost like an old wolf yearning for his long gone glory.

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