Found April 12, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
For nearly a decade, Nadal has dominated this part of the season. Having concluded the first hard-court season, the ATP moves on to spend the spring on clay in cities like Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, and Paris.  Take a look at some of the key narratives that might set the tone during this action-packed span. 1.      Can anyone stop Nadal?  This question has dominated the ATP clay season every season since 2006, and only twice (2009 and 2011) has anyone made significant incursions into Rafa’s fortresses.  In the wake of his extended injury absence, Nadal recaptured his familiar form sooner than anyone would have imagined.  Having won the first Masters 1000 tournament of his comeback on a hard court, defeating three top-eight opponents en route, he has positioned himself ideally to repeat last year’s perfect record on his beloved red clay.  While he may annihilate fewer opponents than he once did, Indian Wells showed that his competitive ferocity and the aura that it creates had return...
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