2006 Rafael Nadal tennis season

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2006 Rafael Nadal tennis season
Full nameRafael Nadal Parera
Country Spain
Calendar prize money$3,746,360 (Singles $3,732,760, Doubles $13,600)[1][2]
Singles
Season record59–12 (83.1%)
Calendar titles5
Year-end rankingNo. 2
Ranking change from previous yearSteady
Grand Slam results
Australian OpenDNS
French OpenW
WimbledonF
US OpenQF
Injuries
InjuriesKnee injury
Nadal in 2006

The 2006 Rafael Nadal tennis season started in February as Nadal missed the Australian Open because of a foot injury.[3] Nadal won five singles titles in 2006.

Hard court[edit]

In February, Nadal lost in the semifinals of the first tournament he played, the Open 13 tournament in Marseille, France. Two weeks later, he handed Roger Federer his first loss of the year in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open (in 2006, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray were the only two men who defeated Federer). To complete the spring hard-court season, Nadal was upset in the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, by James Blake, and was upset in the second round of the 2006 Miami Masters.

Clay season[edit]

On European clay, Nadal won all four tournaments he entered and 24 consecutive matches. He defeated Federer in the final of the Masters Series Monte Carlo in four sets. The following week, he defeated Tommy Robredo in the final of the Open Sabadell Atlántico tournament in Barcelona. After a one-week break, Nadal won the Masters Series Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, defeating Federer in a fifth-set tiebreaker in the final, after saving two match points and equaling Björn Borg's tally of 16 ATP titles won as a teenager. Nadal broke Argentinian Guillermo Vilas's 29-year male record of 53 consecutive clay-court match victories by winning his first round match at the French Open. Vilas presented Nadal with a trophy, but commented later that Nadal's feat was less impressive than his own because Nadal's winning streak covered two years and was accomplished by adding easy tournaments to his schedule.[4]

Nadal went on to play Federer in the final of the French Open. The first two sets of the match were hardly competitive, as the rivals traded 6–1 sets. Nadal won the third set easily and served for the match in the fourth set before Federer broke him and forced a tiebreaker. Nadal won the tiebreaker and became the first player to defeat Federer in a Grand Slam tournament final.[5]

2006 Roland Garros champion

Nadal injured his shoulder while playing a quarterfinal match against Lleyton Hewitt at the Artois Championships, played on grass at the Queen's Club in London.[6] Nadal was unable to complete the match, which ended his 26-match winning streak.

Wimbledon[edit]

Nadal was seeded second at Wimbledon, but was two points from defeat against American qualifier Robert Kendrick in the second round before coming back to win in five sets. In the third round, Nadal defeated world No. 20 Andre Agassi in straight sets in Agassi's last career match at Wimbledon. Nadal also won his next three matches in straight sets, which set up his first Wimbledon final, which was against Federer, who had won this tournament the three previous years. Nadal was the first Spanish man since Manuel Santana in 1966, to reach the Wimbledon final, but Federer won the match in four sets to win his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title.

US Open Series[edit]

During the lead up to the US Open, Nadal played the two Masters Series tournaments in North America. He was upset in the third round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto and the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati. Nadal was seeded second at the US Open, but lost in the quarterfinals to world No. 54 Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in four sets.

Nadal played only three tournaments the remainder of the year. Joachim Johansson, ranked world No. 690, upset Nadal in the second round of the Stockholm Open. The following week, Nadal lost to Tomáš Berdych in the quarterfinals of the year's last Masters Series tournament, the Mutua Madrileña Masters in Madrid. During the round-robin stage of the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup, Nadal lost to James Blake but defeated Nikolay Davydenko and Robredo. Because of those two victories, Nadal qualified for the semifinals, where he lost to Federer. This was Nadal's third loss in nine career matches with Federer.

Singles Matches[edit]

Tournament Match Win Round Opponent Rank Result Score
Open 13
Marseille, France
ATP World Tour 250
Hard, indoor
February 13, 2006 – February 19, 2006
1R Belgium Olivier Rochus 30
Win
4-6, 6-2, 7-5
2R France Gilles Simon 80
Win
7-5, 6-4
QF France Paul-Henri Mathieu 35
Win
7-5, 6-4
SF France Arnaud Clement 65
Loss
6-2, 3-6, 5-7
Dubai Tennis Championships
Dubai, U. A. E.
ATP World Tour 500
Hard, outdoor
February 27, 2006 - March 5, 2006
1R France Paul-Henri Mathieu 34
Win
6-7(5–7), 6-1, 6-2
2R Morocco Younes El Aynaoui 211
Win
(W/O)
QF United Kingdom Tim Henman 49
Win
7-6(7–1), 6-1
SF Germany Rainer Schuttler 98
Win
6-4, 6-2
W Switzerland Roger Federer 1
Win (1)
2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Pacific Life Open
Indian Wells, United States
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
March 6–19, 2006
1R Bye
- 2R Czech Republic Jan Hernych 87
Win
6–4, 6-4
- 3R United States Mardy Fish 294
Win
6–1, 6-4
- 4R France Sebastien Grosjean 22
Win
6–4, 6-2
QF Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 27
Win
7–5, 6-0
SF United States James Blake 14
Loss
5-7, 3-6
Sony Ericsson Open
Miami, United States
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
March 20–April 2, 2006
1R Bye
2R Spain Carlos Moya 35
Loss
6-2, 1-6, 1-6
Monte Carlo Masters
Monte Carlo, Monaco
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Clay, outdoor
April 15–23, 2006
1R France Arnaud Clement 56
Win
6–4, 6-4
2R Monaco Jean-Rene Lisnard 154
Win
6–4, 6-1
3R Belgium Kristof Vliegen 57
Win
6–3, 6–3
QF Argentina Guillermo Coria 9
Win
6–2, 6-1
SF Argentina Gastón Gaudio 8
Win
5-7, 6-1, 6-1
W Switzerland Roger Federer 1
Win (2)
6–2, 6-7(2–7), 6-3, 7-6(7–5)
Torneo Godo
Barcelona, Spain
ATP World Tour 500
Clay, outdoor
April 24–30, 2006
1R Bye
2R Spain Feliciano Lopez 38
Win
6–4, 6–2
3R Spain Ivan Navarro 164
Win
6–4, 6–2
QF Finland Jarkko Nieminen 16
Win
4-6, 6-4, 6-3
SF Spain Nicolas Almagro 57
Win
7–6(7-2), 6–3
W Spain Tommy Robredo 15
Win (3)
6–4, 6–4, 6-0
Internazionali BNL d'Italia
Rome, Italy
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Clay, outdoor
8–14 May 2006
1R Spain Carlos Moya 33
Win
6-1, 2-6, 6-2
2R Italy Filippo Volandri 46
Win
6–1, 6–2
3R United Kingdom Tim Henman 70
Win
6–2, 6–2
QF Chile Fernando Gonzalez 9
Win
6–4, 6–3
SF France Gael Monfils 35
Win
6-2, 6-2
W Switzerland Roger Federer 1
Win (4)
6–7(0-7), 7-6(7-5), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(7-5)
French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam
Clay, outdoor
29 May–11 June 2006
1R Sweden Robin Soderling 50
Win
6-2, 7-5, 6-1
2R United States Kevin Kim 116
Win
6–2, 6–1, 6–4
3R France Paul-Henri Mathieu 32
Win
5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
4R Australia Lleyton Hewitt 14
Win
6–2, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
QF Serbia Novak Djokovic 63
Win
6–4, 6–4 RET
SF Croatia Ivan Ljubicic 4
Win
6-4, 6-2, 7-6(9-7)
W Switzerland Roger Federer 1
Win (5)
1-6, 6-1, 6–4, 7-6(7-4)
Stella Artois Championships
London, United Kingdom
ATP World Tour 250
Grass, outdoor
12–18 June 2006
1R Bye
2R United States Mardy Fish 86
Win
7-6(7-1), 6-1
3R Spain Fernando Verdasco 30
Win
2-6, 7-6(7-3), 7-6(7-3)
QF Australia Lleyton Hewitt 13
Loss
6-3, 3-6 RET
The Championships, Wimbledon
Wimbledon, United Kingdom
Grand Slam
Grass, outdoor
26 June–9 July 2006
1R United Kingdom Alex Bogdanovic 135
Win
6–4, 7–6(7–3), 6–4
2R United States Robert Kendrick 237
Win
6-7(4–7), 3-6, 7-6(7–2), 7-5, 6-4
3R United States Andre Agassi 20
Win
7-6(7-5), 6-2, 6-4
4R Georgia (country) Irakli Labadze 166
Win
6-3, 7-6(7-4), 6-3
QF Finland Jarkko Nieminen 18
Win
6-3, 6-4, 6-4
SF Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 16
Win
6-1, 7-5, 6-3
F Switzerland Roger Federer 1
Loss (1)
0-6, 6-7(5-7), 7-6(7-2), 3-6
Rogers Cup
Montreal, Canada
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
7–13 August 2006
1R Chile Nicolás Massú 38
Win
6-3, 6-2
2R South Korea Hyung-Taik Lee 85
Win
6-4, 6-3
3R Czech Republic Tomas Berdych 14
Loss
1-6, 6-3, 2-6
Western & Southern Financial Group Masters
Cincinnati, United States
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
14–20 August 2006
1R United States Sam Querrey 178
Win
6-7(5–7), 6-2, 6-3
2R South Korea Hyung-Taik Lee 73
Win
6-4, 6-3
3R Germany Tommy Haas 17
Win
7-6(7–5), 6-3
QF Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 31
Loss
6-7(2–7), 6-7(3–7)
US Open
New York, USA
Grand Slam
Hard, outdoor
August 28–September 10, 2006
1R Australia Mark Phillipoussis 113
Win
6-4, 6-4, 6-4
2R Peru Luis Horna 61
Win
6–4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
3R Sudan Wesley Moodie 82
Win
6-4, 7-6(7–4), 7-6(7–5)
4R Czech Republic Jiri Novak 179
Win
6-1, 7-6(7–3), 6-4
QF Russia Mikhail Youzhny 54
Loss
3-6, 7-5, 6-7(5–7), 1-6
Davis Cup, ITA v/s ESP World Group Play Offs
Spain
Davis Cup
Clay, outdoor
18–24 September 2006
RR Italy Andreas Seppi 69
Win
6-0, 6-4, 6-3
RR Italy Filippo Volandri 38
Win
3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3
If Stockholm Open
Stockholm, Sweden
ATP World Tour 250
Hard, indoor
October 9, 2006 – October 15, 2006
1R Netherlands Raemon Sluiter 90
Win
6-4, 6-2
2R Sweden Joachim Johansson 690
Loss
4-6, 6-7(4–7)
Mutua Madrileña Masters Madrid
Madrid, Spain
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, indoor
16–22 October 2006
1R Bye
2R United States Mardy Fish 54
Win
6–4, 6–2
3R Germany Tommy Haas 13
Win
6-4, 6-3
QF Czech Republic Tomas Berdych 11
Loss
3-6, 6-7(6–8)
Tennis Masters Cup
Shanghai, China
Year-end Championships
Hard, indoor
13-19 November 2006
RR United States James Blake 8
Loss
4-6, 6-7(0–7)
RR Spain Tommy Robredo 6
Win
7-6(7–2), 6-2
RR Russia Nikolay DavYdenko 3
Win
5-7, 6–4, 6–4
SF Switzerland Roger Federer 1
Loss
4–6, 5-7

Year end ranking[edit]

Nadal went on to become the first player since Andre Agassi in 1994–95 to finish the year as the world No. 2 in consecutive years.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.atpworldtour.com/players/rafael-nadal/n409/player-activity?year=2006&matchType=singles
  2. ^ https://www.atpworldtour.com/players/rafael-nadal/n409/player-activity?year=2006&matchType=doubles
  3. ^ "Champion Safin out of Aussie Open". BBC Sport. 10 January 2006. Retrieved 13 November 2008.
  4. ^ Garber, Greg (31 May 2006). "With Vilas in stands, Nadal makes history". ESPN Tennis/French06. ESPN. Retrieved 13 November 2008.
  5. ^ Garber, Greg (12 June 2006). "Roger's reign on hold with Nadal's dominance". ESPN Tennis/French06. ESPN. Retrieved 13 November 2008.
  6. ^ "Shoulder Forces Nadal To Quit London Match". The New York Times. 17 June 2006. Retrieved 13 November 2008.