Rafael Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, has been struggling with form and injuries during the season of 2016. Once a great competitor, he lost his pace and some poor results emerged. But the 30-year-old Spaniard is expected to reinvent himself in 2017.

It was a wrist injury that forced him to prematurely end the season. As a result, his ranking position went down after a promising uprising during the spring clay court swing. As some argued that The Big Four (consisting of Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and Murray) is doomed by having both Federer and Nadal off the chart, there might be a chance to undo this reality.

In the early stages of 2017, Nadal as well as Federer, are expected to make their comeback on the ATP Tour. Probably, the next season will be telling us more about it.

Rafael Nadal the first player confirmed for Barcelona

The Spaniard who is also known as The King of Clay is the first ATP prominent player confirmed for the ATP 500 event of 2017 in Barcelona. Nadal who is the defending champion on the Catalan clay also had some impressive numbers as he won this particular event in nine different editions. Last year, in the finals, he outran Nishikori for the title making his clay swing the best part of 2016. Prior to Barcelona, Nadal lifted the trophy above his head in Monte Carlo. At that moment, those wins were seen as revival sign but his wrist did not agree with the assumption.

Regardless of what the future will bring to his side, if he can prevail in Barcelona for the 10th time, it`s going to be quite an achievement. Nadal will have some leverage as he is going to play on his some soil thus having a huge crowd to support him. Moreover, playing on clay is probably the strongest point of the equation.

Nadal has an impressive record on clay

When it comes to Tennis, the clay court is something that Rafael Nadal loves the most as he achieved much of his greatness on this particular surface. With 49 titles won on the clay court, Nadal is leading the herd along with height with Guillermo Villas.

For the Spaniard, the ultimate record on clay remains the winning of nine Rolland Garros titles - a result for history books.

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