Original Title: Special Comment: From the God of Clay to the King of Grand Slam Nadal has reached the top of men's tennis
Nadal won again at the French Open. He has already won 13 French Open men’s singles titles in his career, but this time it is of even greater significance. The career Grand Slam came to 20 to tie Federer. Nadal has already gone from the clay court champion. Promoted to the king of the Grand Slam. The stubborn trajectory is like the never-giving-up style of Nadal Stadium, which eventually made it the pinnacle of men's tennis history.
The term “debut is the pinnacle” is appropriate for Nadal. In 2005, he won the final championship at the French Open for the first time. After that, he has won four consecutive French Open championships. The king of clay has not been beaten too much because of it. It was found that these opponents were not enough to pose a threat on the red soil, and the ruler of an era came.
When it comes to Nadal, perhaps more is talking about his physical fitness, his fighting spirit and other aspects. There is little praise about his talent. It is generally believed that Nadal's talent is the bottom of the Big Three. In fact, this understanding is not comprehensive. Federer and Djokovic have their own super talents, but Nadal can be called the strongest genius in men’s tennis history. In 2005, the French Open won the first major at the age of less than 19 years old. Slam champion, and Federer was about to turn 22 when he won the championship for the first time. Djokovic's first Grand Slam was won at the age of 21. Nadal's fame was earlier.
If judged by the dividing line at the age of 25, Nadal still surpasses the two giants. The 25-year-old Federer has won 9 Grand Slam titles in his career, and the 25-year-old Djokovic has only 5 Grand Slam titles. The year-old Nadal has won 10 Grand Slam titles, and his talent at the beginning of his career is visible to the naked eye.
"Success is clay court, defeat is clay court" Nadal has unparalleled dominance in the clay court, but it is precisely because of this too strong that his fans selectively ignore Nadal's outstanding performance in the rest of the court. , Is considered to be the king with serious "partial discipline". Therefore, the title of "King of Red Clay" brought honor to Nadal, and the Spanish King has broken out of this bottleneck throughout his career.
In 2010, Nadal won the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open at the same time. He became the first player to win three types of Grand Slam titles at the same time on clay, grass and hard courts in a single season. The Australian Open was the worst performing event in the four majors. But it was also 5 times in the finals to win a championship, just because the opponents Federer and Djokovic were too strong on the hard court, just like Federer and Djokovic are too strong on the hard court, just like Federer Djokovic is difficult to beat Nadal on clay, Nadal on the grass Wimbledon 5 finals to win With two championships, the US Open is second only to the French Open in the same 5 finals and 4 championships. With the exception of the French Open, Nadal has made at least 5 finals in the other three slams. He is no longer the "partial" teenager.
Federer is a name that Nadal’s career has always been unable to bypass. Since his debut, he has always been considered Federer’s biggest opponent. In the past ten years, the Federer match between the two is the biggest highlight of men’s tennis, and the status of the two Federer is the front runner. Dahl is the chaser. After Federer dominated the top for 11 years, Nadal finally caught up with Federer in this giant competition, boarded the biggest dream since he set foot on the professional arena, and stood at the peak of men's tennis history.
Perhaps you don’t appreciate Nadal’s style, but you have to admire his never-giving up spirit. Perhaps you don’t appreciate Nadal’s skills, but you have to admire the achievements. Nadal’s career has made everyone questionable. In the end, they all became their own fans. Even Kyrgios, known as the "bad boy", admired Nadal's strength, and his humility and low-key inside and outside the stadium made him a well-deserved king.
In the past 15 years, Nadal has gone from the "God of Red Earth" to the "King of the Grand Slam". However, the progress of the King of Spain has not stopped, and there will be more honors waiting for him to challenge in the future.