2007 Rafael Nadal tennis season

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2007 Rafael Nadal tennis season
Name Rafael Nadal Parera
Country  Spain
Calendar prize money $5,646,935
Singles
Season record 70–15 (82,35%)
Calendar titles 6
Year-end ranking No. 2
Ranking change from previous year Steady
Grand Slam results
Australian Open QF
French Open W
Wimbledon F
US Open 4R

The 2007 Rafael Nadal tennis season officially began on 1 January 2007 with the start of the Chennai Open.

Year summary[edit]

Rafael Nadal started the year by playing in six hard-court tournaments. He lost in the semifinals and first round of his first two tournaments and then lost in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open to eventual runner-up Fernando González. After another quarterfinal loss at the Dubai Tennis Championships, he won the 2007 Indian Wells Masters, before Novak Djoković defeated him in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Miami Masters.

He played five clay-court tournaments in Europe after that winning the tites at the Masters Series Monte Carlo, the Open Sabadell Atlántico in Barcelona, and the Masters Series Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. He lost to Roger Federer in the final of the Masters Series Hamburg. This defeat ended his 81-match winning streak on clay, which is the male Open Era record for consecutive wins on a single surface. He then rebounded to win the French Open for the third straight year, defeating Federer once again in the final.

Between the tournaments in Barcelona and Rome, Nadal defeated Federer in the "Battle of Surfaces" exhibition match in Mallorca, Spain, with the tennis court being half grass and half clay.[1]

Nadal played the Artois Championships at the Queen's Club in London for the second consecutive year. As in 2006, Nadal was upset in the quarterfinals. Nadal then won consecutive five-set matches during the third and fourth rounds of Wimbledon before being beaten by Federer in the five-set final. This was Federer's first five-set match at Wimbledon since 2001.[2]

In July, Nadal won the clay court Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, which proved to be his last title of the year. He played three important tournaments during the North American summer hard court season. He was a semifinalist at the Masters Series Rogers Cup in Montreal before losing his first match at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati. He was the second-seeded player at the US Open, but was defeated in the fourth round by David Ferrer.

After a month-long break from tournament tennis, Nadal played the Mutua Madrileña Masters in Madrid and the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. David Nalbandian upset him in the quarterfinals and final of those tournaments. To end the year, Nadal won two of his three round robin matches to advance to the semifinals of the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, where Federer defeated him in straight sets.

During the second half of the year, Nadal battled a knee injury suffered during the Wimbledon final. In addition, there were rumors at the end of the year that the foot injury he suffered during 2005, caused long-term damage, which were given credence by coach Toni Nadal's claim that the problem was "serious". Nadal and his spokesman strongly denied this, however, with Nadal himself calling the story "totally false".[3]

Singles matches[edit]

Tournament Match Win Round Opponent Rank Result Score
Chennai Open
Chennai, India
ATP World Tour 250
Hard, outdoor
January 1, 2007 – January 8, 2007
203 1R Germany Rainer Schuettler 96
Win
6-4, 6-2
204 2R India Karan Rastogi 480
Win
6-4, 6-1
205 QF Italy Davide Sanguinetti 106
Win
6-3, 6-2
206 SF Belgium Xavier Malisse 37
Loss
4-6, 6–7(4–7)
Medibank International
Sydney, Australia
ATP World Tour 250
Hard, outdoor
January 7, 2007 – January 13, 2007
206 1R Australia Chris Guccione 107
Loss
5-6 RET
Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
Hard, outdoor
January 15–28, 2007
207 1R United States Robert Kendrick 90
Win
7–6(8–6), 6-3, 6-2
208 2R Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber 61
Win
7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
209 3R Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 40
Win
6-2, 6-2, 6-2
210 4R United Kingdom Andy Murray 16
Win
6–7(3–7), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
210 QF Chile Fernando Gonzalez 9
Loss
2-6, 4-6, 3-6
Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships
Dubai, UAE
ATP World Tour 500
Hard, outdoor
February 26–March 4, 2007
211 1R Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 17
Win
3-6, 6-2, 6-3
212 2R Russia Igor Andreev 139
Win
6-2, 3-6, 7–6(7–2)
212 QF Russia Mikhail Youzhny 18
Loss
6–7(5–7), 3-6
Pacific Life Open
Indian Wells, United States
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
March 5–18, 2007
1R Bye
213 2R France Arnaud Clement 53
Win
6-3, 7–6(7–3)
214 3R Spain Fernando Verdasco 33
Win
6-4, 6-4
215 4R Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 23
Win
6-1, 6-1
216 QF Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela 31
Win
7-5, 7-5
217 SF United States Andy Roddick 3
Win
6-4, 6-3
218 F Serbia Novak Djokovic 13
Win (1)
6-2, 7-5
Sony Ericsson Open
Miami, United States
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
March 21–April 1, 2007
1R Bye
219 2R Brazil Ricardo Mello 127
Win
7–6(9–7), 6-2
3R Belgium Olivier Rochus 36 Win W/O
220 4R Argentina Juan Martin Del Potro 63
Win
6-0, 6-4
220 QF Serbia Novak Djokovic 10
Loss
3-6, 4-6
Monte Carlo Masters
Monte Carlo, Monaco
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Clay, outdoor
April 14–22, 2007
1R Bye
221 2R Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela 22
Win
6-3, 6-1
222 3R Belgium Kristof Vliegen 52
Win
6-3, 6-1
223 QF Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber 59
Win
6-2, 6-3
224 SF Czech Republic Tomas Berdych 14
Win
6-0, 7-5
225 F Switzerland Roger Federer 1
Win (2)
6-4, 6-4
Torneo Godo
Barcelona, Spain
ATP World Tour 500
Clay, outdoor
April 23–29, 2007
1R Bye
226 2R Belgium Kristof Vliegen 53
Win
6-1, 6-2
227 3R Sweden Thomas Johansson 73
Win
6-1, 6-4
228 QF Italy Potito Starace 72
Win
6-2, 7-5
229 SF Spain David Ferrer 16
Win
7-5, 6-1
230 F Argentina Guillermo Canas 28
Win (3)
6-3, 6-4
Internazionali BNL d'Italia
Rome, Italy
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Clay, outdoor
5–13 May 2007
1R Bye
231 2R Italy Daniele Bracciali 125
Win
6-4, 6-2
232 3R Russia Mikhail Youzhny 16
Win
6-2, 6-2
233 QF Serbia Novak Djokovic 5
Win
6-2, 6-3
234 SF Russia Nikolay Davydenko 4
Win
7–6(7–3), 6–7(8–10), 6-4
235 F Chile Fernando Gonzalez 6
Win (4)
6-2, 6-2
Masters Series Hamburg
Hamburg,Germany
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Clay, outdoor
14–22 May 2007
1R Bye
236 2R Spain Oscar Hernandez 69
Win
7-5, 6-1
237 3R Russia Igor Andreev 164
Win
6-4, 6-1
238 QF Chile Fernando Gonzalez 5
Win
6-4, 6-4
239 SF Australia Lleyton Hewitt 21
Win
2-6, 6-3, 7-5
239 F Switzerland Roger Federer 1
Loss (1)
6-2, 2-6, 0-6
French Open
Paris,France
Grand Slam
Clay, outdoor
27 May–10 June 2007
240 1R Argentina Juan Martin Del Potro 59
Win
7–5, 6–3, 6–2
241 2R Italy Flavio Cipolla 227
Win
6–2, 6–1, 6–4
242 3R Spain Albert Montanes 50
Win
6–1, 6–3, 6–2
243 4R Australia Lleyton Hewitt 16
Win
6–3, 6–1, 7–6(7–5)
244 QF Spain Carlos Moya 26
Win
6-4, 6-3, 6-0
245 SF Serbia Novak Djokovic 6
Win
7-5, 6-4, 6-2
246 F Switzerland Roger Federer 1
Win (5)
6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6-4
Stella Artois Championships
London, United Kingdom
ATP World Tour 250
Grass, outdoor
11–17 June 2007
1R Bye
247 2R Argentina Juan Martin Del Potro 59
Win
6–4, 6–4,
248 3R Belarus Max Mirnyi 58
Win
7–6(7–3), 6–3
248 QF France Nicolas Mahut 106
Loss
5-7, 6–7(0–7)
The Championships, Wimbledon
Wimbledon,United Kingdom
Grand Slam
Grass, outdoor
25 June–8 July 2007
249 1R United States Mardy Fish 38
Win
6–3, 7–6(7–4), 6-3
250 2R Austria Werner Eschauer 72
Win
6–2, 6–4, 6-1
251 3R Sweden Robin Soderling 28
Win
6–4, 6–4, 6–7(7–9), 4-6, 7-5
252 4R Russia Mikhail Youzhny 13
Win
4–6, 3–6, 6–1, 6-2, 6-2
253 QF Czech Republic Tomas Berdych 11
Win
7–6(7–1), 6-4, 6-2
254 SF Serbia Novak Djokovic 5
Win
3-6, 6-1, 4-1 RET
254 F Switzerland Roger Federer 1
Loss (2)
6–7(7–9) , 6-4, 6–7(3–7), 6-2, 2-6
Mercedes Cup
Stuttgart, Germany
ATP World Tour 500
Clay, outdoor
July 16–23, 2007
255 1R Germany Alexander Waske 135
Win
6–1, 6–1
256 2R Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber 37
Win
6–3, 6–3
257 QF Argentina Juan Monaco 29
Win
6-1, 6-3
258 SF Spain Feliciano Lopez 84
Win
6-1, 7-5
259 F Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 50
Win (6)
6–4, 7–5
Rogers Cup
Montreal, Canada
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
6–12 August 2007
1R Bye
260 2R Russia Marat Safin 22
Win
7–6(7–4), 6–0
261 3R France Paul-Henri Mathieu 23
Win
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
262 QF Canada Frank Dancevic 91
Win
4–6, 6–2, 6–3
262 SF Serbia Novak Djokovic 4
Loss
5-7, 3-6
Western & Southern Financial Group Masters
Ohio, United States
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
11–19 August 2007
1R Bye
262 2R Argentina Juan Monaco 25
Loss
6–7(5–7), 1–4 RET
US Open
New York, USA
Grand Slam
Hard, outdoor
August 27–September 9, 2007
263 1R Australia Alun Jones 123
Win
7–5, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1
264 2R Serbia Janko Tipsarevic 56
Win
6–2, 6–3, 3–2 RET
265 3R France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 74
Win
7–6(7–3), 6–2, 6–1
265 4R Spain David Ferrer 15
Loss
7–6(7–3), 4–6, 6–74–7), 2-6
Mutua Madrileña Masters Madrid
Madrid, Spain
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, indoor
15–21 October 2007
1R Bye
266 2R Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 22
Win
6–4, 6–4
267 3R United Kingdom Andy Murray 17
Win
7–6(7–5), 6–4
267 QF Argentina David Nalbandian 25
Loss
1–6, 2–6
BNP Paribas Masters
Paris, France
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, indoor
October 27–November 4, 2007
1R Bye
268 2R Italy Filippo Volandri 41
Win
6–3, 6–1
269 3R Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 36
Win
6–4, 6–3
270 QF Russia Mikhail Youzhny 18
Win
6–4, 6–2
271 SF Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 22
Win
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
271 F Argentina David Nalbandian 21
Loss (3)
4–6, 0–6
Tennis Masters Cup
Shanghai, China
Year-end Championships
Hard, indoor
11-18 November 2007
272 RR France Richard Gasquet 8
Win
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
272 RR Spain David Ferrer 6
Loss
6–4, 4–6, 3–6
273 RR Serbia Novak Djokovic 3
Win
6–4, 6–4
273 SF Switzerland Roger Federer 1
Loss
4–6, 1–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Battle of Surfaces". Retrieved 4 April 2007. 
  2. ^ Cheese, Caroline (7 July 2007). "Wimbledon 2007". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  3. ^ Newbury, Piers (28 November 2007). "Nadal plays down foot injury fear". BBC Sport Tennis. Retrieved 11 February 2009.