The undisputed King of Clay, Rafa Nadal could soon extend his reign to the hardcourt after establishing himself as the red hot favourite for the US Open with back to back wins in Montreal and Cincinnati.With eight French Open titles, Nadal may be the best ever on the dirt but the Spaniard has also stood tall this year on the American hardcourts, where he remains unbeaten with a 15-0 record. Nadal said that On clay, they only had three (Masters events), he won two, and he played the final.
He also added that the results on clay were amazing. On hard,he play three, he won all three. Is only one more match. That`s all.He think it`s just a coincidence, in his opinion, but no doubt he is better player on clay than on hard.Some would debate that assessment based on Nadal`s play on the hardcourts this season which based on his record has so far been flawless.To be fair, Nadal has already proven himself to be a man for all surfaces with grand slams titles on clay, grass and hardcourt.
With the exception of grass and his opening round slip up at Wimbledon, the Spaniard has impressed on all surfaces again this season.He added to his grand slam collection at the French Open and has captured five of seven Masters Series events, including three of four hardcourt stops.The U.S. Open has always been the hardest grand slam for Nadal because of its unforgiving surface and timing.Of his 12 grand slam titles, only one has come at Flushing Meadows and he only reached the final on one other occasion.Nadal usually arrives at the back end of the tennis schedule with his knees creaking like two rusty gates and nursing a mountain of aches and pains that are the payment for his relentless action packed style.The ongoing battle with the debilitating tendonitis in his knees continues.