Rafael Nadal

Australian Open 2012 Contenders - Rafa Nadal

Rafael Nadal Tennis OddsSpaniard Rafael Nadal finally became the number one ranked player in the world after winning the 2008 Wimbledon final against arch rival, Roger Federer. The victory at Wimbledon was said by many to be the greatest match ever seen. Since then it has not all been plain sailing for the Spaniard as he had an injury hit 2009 which saw him slip down to No.2 in the rankings. However, he once again reached the top of the game in 2010 by claiming three of the four Grand Slams during a remarkable season with only the Australian Open eluding him.

Rafa Nadal Australian Open 2012 Tennis Odds

He has won the French Open on five occasions and only lost his first ever match at Roland Garros in 2009 when he lost to Robin Soderling. In three French Open finals, he has beaten, World Number 1, Roger Federer, only giving the him 4 games in 2008. Nadal is clearly the best clay court player in the world but he has also proven that on his day on hard courts and grass he is more than capable of beating the best players as he proved in Melbourne last year.

If Rafa Nadal can win the Australian Open for a second time in 2011 he will be holding all four of the Grand Slam trophies, and it is not surprise to see him the hot favourite to achieve just that. Nadal has the talent to win on every surface as he has proven on countless occasions and he will be the man to beat over the next few weeks in Melbourne.

Nadal is clearly a phenomenon, he is still only a young man. He is the only teenager, other than Boris Becker and Bjorn Borg, to have been ranked number two player in the world.