2009 Rafael Nadal tennis season

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2009 Rafael Nadal tennis season
Nadal Miami 2009 1.jpg
Rafael Nadal at 2009 Sony Ericsson Open, Miami, Florida, United States
Name Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera
Country  Spain
Calendar prize money $6,466,515
Singles
Season record 66 - 14 (82,50%) [1]
Calendar titles 5
Grand Slam results
Australian Open W
French Open 4R
Wimbledon DNS
US Open SF
Doubles
Season record 7 - 5 (58,33%)
Calendar titles 1
Davis Cup
Davis Cup W
Injuries
Injuries knee injury
Last updated on: September 14, 2013.

The 2009 Rafael Nadal tennis season officially began on January 5 with the start of the 2009 ATP World Tour.

Year's summary[edit]

Qatar Open[edit]

Nadal's first official ATP tour event for the year was the 250 series Qatar Open in Doha. After his first-round match with Fabrice Santoro, Nadal was awarded the 2008 ATP World Tour Champion trophy.[2] Nadal eventually lost in the quarterfinals to Gaël Monfils. Nadal also entered and won the tournament's doubles event with partner Marc López, defeating the world No. 1 doubles team of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjić in the final. As noted by statistician Greg Sharko, this was the first time since 1990 the world No. 1 singles player had played the world No. 1 doubles player in a final.[3]

Australian Open[edit]

At the 2009 Australian Open, Nadal won his first five matches without dropping a set, before defeating compatriot Fernando Verdasco in the semifinals in the second longest match in Australian Open history at 5 hours and 14 minutes.[4] This win set up a championship match with Roger Federer, their first meeting ever in a hard-court Grand Slam tournament and their nineteenth meeting overall. Nadal defeated Federer in five sets to earn his first hard-court Grand Slam singles title,[5] making him the first Spaniard to win the Australian Open and the fourth male tennis player—after Jimmy Connors, Mats Wilander, and Andre Agassi—to win Grand Slam singles titles on three different surfaces. This win also made Nadal the first male tennis player to hold three Grand Slam singles titles on three different surfaces at the same time.[6]

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament[edit]

At the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Nadal lost in the final to second-seeded Andy Murray in three sets. During the final, Nadal called a trainer to attend to a tendon problem with his right knee, which notably affected his play in the final set.[7] Although this knee problem was not associated with Nadal's right knee tendonitis, it was serious enough to cause him to withdraw from the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships a week later.[8]

Davis Cup[edit]

In March, Nadal helped Spain defeat Serbia in a Davis Cup World Group first-round tie on clay in Benidorm, Spain. Nadal defeated Janko Tipsarević and Novak Djokovic. The win over world No. 3 Djokovic was Nadal's twelfth consecutive Davis Cup singles match win and boosted his career win–loss record against Djokovic to 11–4, including 6–0 on clay.[9][10]

Indian Wells[edit]

At the 2009 Indian Wells Masters, Nadal won his thirteenth Masters 1000 series tournament. In the fourth round, Nadal saved five match points, before defeating David Nalbandian for the first time.[11] Nadal defeated Juan Martín del Potro in the quarterfinals and Andy Roddick in the semifinals, before defeating Murray in the final.

Miami[edit]

The next ATP tour event was the 2009 Miami Masters. Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals, where he again faced Argentinian del Potro, this time losing the match. This was the first time del Potro had defeated Nadal in five career matches.[12]

Monte Carlo[edit]

Nadal began his European clay court season at the 2009 Monte Carlo Masters, where he won a record fifth consecutive singles title there.[13] He defeated Novak Djokovic in the final for his fifth consecutive win, a record in the open era. Nadal is the first male player to win the same ATP Master series event for five consecutive years.

Barcelona[edit]

Nadal then competed in the ATP 500 event in Barcelona. He advanced to his fifth consecutive Barcelona final, where he faced David Ferrer. Nadal went on to beat Ferrer to record five consecutive Barcelona victories.[14]

Rome[edit]

At the Rome Masters, Nadal reached the final, where he defeated Novak Djokovic to improve his overall record to 13–4 and clay record to 8–0 against the Serb.[15] He became the first player to win four Rome titles.

After winning two clay-court Masters, he participated in the Madrid Open. He lost to Roger Federer in the final. This was the first time that Nadal had lost to Federer since the semifinals of the 2007 Tennis Masters Cup.

On 19 May, the ATP World Tour announced that Nadal was the first player out of eight to qualify for the 2009 ATP World Tour Finals, to be played at the O2 Arena in London.[16]

French Open[edit]

By beating Lleyton Hewitt in the third round of 2009 French Open, Nadal (2005–09 French Open) set a record of 31 consecutive wins at Roland Garros, beating the previous record of 28 by Björn Borg (1978–81 French Open). Nadal had won 32 consecutive sets at Roland Garros (since winning the last 2 sets at the 2007 French Open final against Federer), the second-longest winning streak in the tournament's history behind Björn Borg's record of 41 consecutive sets. This run came to an end on 31 May 2009, when Nadal lost to eventual runner-up, Robin Söderling in the 4th round. This was Nadal's first loss at the French Open.

Injury[edit]

After his surprise defeat at Roland Garros, Nadal withdrew from the AEGON Championships. It was confirmed that Nadal was suffering from tendinitis in both of his knees.[17] On 19 June, Nadal withdrew from the 2009 Wimbledon Championship, citing his recurring knee injury.[18] He was the first champion not to defend the title since Goran Ivanišević in 2001.[18] Roger Federer went on to win the title, and Nadal consequently dropped back to world No. 2 on 6 July 2009. Nadal later announced his withdrawal from the Davis Cup.

Return[edit]

On 4 August, Nadal's uncle, Toni Nadal, confirmed that Nadal would return to play at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.[19] There, in his first tournament since Roland Garros, Nadal lost in the quarterfinals to Juan Martín del Potro.[20] With this loss, he relinquished the No. 2 spot to Andy Murray on 17 August 2009, ranking outside the top two for the first time since 25 July 2005.

US Open[edit]

In the quarterfinals of the US Open he defeated Fernando González in a rain-delayed encounter.[21] However, like his previous US Open campaign, he fell in the semifinals, this time losing to eventual champion Juan Martín del Potro.[22] Despite the loss, he regained the No. 2 ranking after Andy Murray's early exit.[23]

World Tour Finals[edit]

At the World Tour Finals, Nadal lost all three of his matches against Robin Söderling, Nikolay Davydenko, and Novak Djokovic respectively without winning a set.

Davis Cup final[edit]

In December, Nadal participated in the second Davis Cup final of his career. He defeated Tomáš Berdych in his first singles rubber to give the Spanish Davis Cup Team their first point in the tie. After the Spanish Davis Cup team had secured its fourth Davis Cup victory, Nadal defeated Jan Hájek in the first Davis Cup dead rubber of his career. The win gave Nadal his 14th consecutive singles victory at Davis Cup (his 13th on clay).

Year end ranking[edit]

Nadal finished the year as No. 2 for the fourth time in five years.

All matches[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament Match Round Opponent (Seed or Key) Rank Result Score
Qatar ExxonMobil Open
Doha, Qatar
ATP World Tour 250
Hard, outdoor
5 – 11 January 2009
1 1R France Fabrice Santoro 51 Win 6–0, 6–1
2 2R Slovakia Karol Beck (Q) 144 Win 6–1, 6–2
3 QF France Gaël Monfils (5/WC) 13 Loss 4–6, 4–6
Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam tournament
Hard, outdoor
19 January – 1 February 2009
4 1R Belgium Christophe Rochus 75 Win 6–0, 6–2, 6–2
5 2R Croatia Roko Karanušić 92 Win 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
6 3R Germany Tommy Haas 79 Win 6–4, 6–2, 6–2
7 4R Chile Fernando González (13) 14 Win 6–3, 6–2, 6–4
8 QF France Gilles Simon (6) 8 Win 6–2, 7–5, 7–5
9 SF Spain Fernando Verdasco (14) 15 Win 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 7–6(7–2), 6–7(1–7), 6–4
10 W Switzerland Roger Federer (2) 2 Win (1) 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 6–2
ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
Rotterdam, Netherlands
ATP World Tour 500
Hard, indoor
9 – 15 February 2009
11 1R Italy Simone Bolelli 37 Win 4–6, 6–2, 7–5
12 2R Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov (WC) 478 Win 7–5, 3–6, 6–2
13 QF France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (7) 13 Win 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–4
14 SF France Gaël Monfils (5) 12 Win 6–4, 6–4
15 F United Kingdom Andy Murray (2) 4 Loss (1) 3–6, 6–4, 0–6
Davis Cup, World Group 1st Round
Benidorm, Spain
Davis Cup
Clay, outdoor
6 – 8 March 2009
16 1R
R2
Serbia Janko Tipsarević 47 Win 6–1, 6–0, 6–2
17 1R
R4
Serbia Novak Djokovic 3 Win 6–4, 6–4, 6–1
BNP Paribas Open
Indian Wells, United States
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
9 – 22 March 2009
1R Bye
18 2R Germany Michael Berrer (Q) 112 Win 6–2, 6–1
19 3R Russia Dmitry Tursunov (26) 27 Win 6–3, 6–3
20 4R Argentina David Nalbandian (14) 14 Win 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–0
21 QF Argentina Juan Martín del Potro (6) 6 Win 6–2, 6–4
22 SF United States Andy Roddick (7) 7 Win 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
23 W United Kingdom Andy Murray (4) 4 Win (2) 6–1, 6–2
Sony Ericsson Open
Miami, United States
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
23 March – 5 April 2009
1R Bye
24 2R Russia Teymuraz Gabashvili 72 Win 6–2, 6–2
25 3R Portugal Frederico Gil (Q) 74 Win 7–5, 6–3
26 4R Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka (16) 17 Win 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–4)
27 QF Argentina Juan Martín del Potro (6) 7 Loss 4–6, 6–3, 6–7(3–7)
Monte Carlo Rolex Masters
Monte Carlo, Monaco
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Clay, outdoor
13 – 19 April 2009
1R Bye
28 2R Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela (PR) 167 Win 6–2, 6–3
29 3R Ecuador Nicolás Lapentti (Q) 98 Win 6–3, 6–0
30 QF Croatia Ivan Ljubičić (WC) 66 Win 6–3, 6–3
31 SF United Kingdom Andy Murray (4) 4 Win 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
32 W Serbia Novak Djokovic (3) 3 Win (3) 6–3, 2–6, 6–1
Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell
Barcelona, Spain
ATP World Tour 500
Clay, outdoor
20 – 26 April 2009
1R Bye
33 2R Portugal Frederico Gil (Q) 75 Win 6–2, 6–2
34 3R Belgium Christophe Rochus 61 Win 6–2, 6–0
QF Argentina David Nalbandian (7) 15 Walkover N/A
35 SF Russia Nikolay Davydenko (3) 8 Win 6–3, 6–2
36 W Spain David Ferrer (4) 13 Win (4) 6–2, 7–5
Internazionali BNL d'Italia
Rome, Italy
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Clay, outdoor
27 April – 3 May 2009
1R Bye
37 2R Italy Andreas Seppi 37 Win 6–2, 6–3
38 3R Sweden Robin Söderling 27 Win 6–1, 6–0
39 QF Spain Fernando Verdasco (6) 8 Win 6–3, 6–3
40 SF Chile Fernando González (12) 13 Win 6–3, 6–3
41 W Serbia Novak Djokovic (3) 3 Win (5) 7–6(7–2), 6–2
Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open
Madrid, Spain
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Clay, outdoor
11 – 17 May 2009
1R Bye
42 2R Austria Jürgen Melzer 27 Win 6–3, 6–1
3R Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber 35 Walkover N/A
43 QF Spain Fernando Verdasco (7) 8 Win 6–4, 7–5
44 SF Serbia Novak Djokovic (3) 4 Win 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(11–9)
45 F Switzerland Roger Federer (2) 2 Loss (2) 4–6, 4–6
French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam tournament
Clay, outdoor
25 May – 7 June 2009
46 1R Brazil Marcos Daniel (Q) 97 Win 7–5, 6–4, 6–3
47 2R Russia Teymuraz Gabashvili 72 Win 6–1, 6–4, 6–2
48 3R Australia Lleyton Hewitt 48 Win 6–1, 6–3, 6–1
49 4R Sweden Robin Söderling (23) 25 Loss 2–6, 7–6(7–2), 4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Rogers Cup
Montreal, Canada
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
10 – 16 August 2009
1R Bye
50 2R Spain David Ferrer 19 Win 4–3, retired
51 3R Germany Philipp Petzschner 45 Win 6–3, 6–2
52 QF Argentina Juan Martín del Potro (6) 6 Loss 6–7(5–7), 1–6
W&S Financial Group Masters
Cincinnati, United States
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
17 – 23 August 2009
1R Bye
53 2R Italy Andreas Seppi 45 Win 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–3)
54 3R France Paul-Henri Mathieu 31 Win 7–5, 6–2
55 QF Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 18 Win 6–4, 7–5
56 SF Serbia Novak Djokovic (4) 4 Loss 1–6, 4–6
US Open
New York City, United States
Grand Slam tournament
Hard, outdoor
31 August – 13 September 2009
57 1R France Richard Gasquet 46 Win 6–2, 6–2, 6–3
58 2R Germany Nicolas Kiefer 129 Win 6–0, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
59 3R Spain Nicolás Almagro (32) 33 Win 7–5, 6–4, 6–4
60 4R France Gaël Monfils (13) 13 Win 6–7(3–7), 6–3, 6–1, 6–3
61 QF Chile Fernando González (11) 11 Win 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–2), 6–0
62 SF Argentina Juan Martín del Potro (6) 6 Loss 2–6, 2–6, 2–6
China Open
Beijing, China
ATP World Tour 500
Hard, outdoor
5 – 11 October 2009
63 1R Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis (WC) 90 Win 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
64 2R United States James Blake 24 Win 7–5, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
65 QF Russia Marat Safin (WC) 59 Win 6–3, 6–1
66 SF Croatia Marin Čilić (8/WC) 15 Loss 1–6, 3–6
Shanghai ATP Masters 1000
Shanghai, China
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
12 – 18 October 2009
1R Bye
67 2R United States James Blake 26 Win 6–2, 6–7(4–7), 6–4
68 3R Spain Tommy Robredo (14) 15 Win 6–1, 6–4
69 QF Croatia Ivan Ljubičić 37 Win 3–6, 6–3, retired
70 SF Spain Feliciano López 41 Win 6–1, 3–0, retired
71 F Russia Nikolay Davydenko (6) 8 Loss (3) 6–7(3–7), 3–6
BNP Paribas Masters
Paris, France
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, indoor
9 – 15 November 2009
1R Bye
72 2R Spain Nicolás Almagro 27 Win 3–6, 7–6(7–2), 7–5
73 3R Spain Tommy Robredo (14) 15 Win 6–3, 3–6, 7–5
74 QF France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (8) 9 Win 7–5, 7–5
75 SF Serbia Novak Djokovic (3) 3 Loss 2–6, 3–6
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
London, United Kingdom
ATP World Tour Finals
Hard, indoor
22 – 29 November 2009
76 RR Sweden Robin Söderling (8) 9 Loss 4–6, 4–6
77 RR Russia Nikolay Davydenko (6) 7 Loss 1–6, 6–7(4–7)
78 RR Serbia Novak Djokovic (3) 3 Loss 6–7(5–7), 3–6
Davis Cup, World Group Final
Barcelona, Spain
Davis Cup
Clay, indoor
4 – 6 December 2009
79 W
R1
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 20 Win 7–5, 6–0, 6–2
80 W
R4
Czech Republic Jan Hájek 102 Win 6–3, 6–4

Source (ATP)

Exhibition matches[edit]

Tournament Round Opponent Result Score
Capitala World Tennis Championship
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Exhibition tournament
Hard, outdoor
1 – 3 January 2009
QF Bye
SF Russia Nikolay Davydenko Win 6–2, 6–3
F United Kingdom Andy Murray Loss 4–6, 7–5, 3–6
Masters Guinot-Mary Cohr
Paris, France
Exhibition tournament
Clay, outdoor
20 – 22 May 2009
W
R4
France Arnaud Clément Win 6–3, 6–3

Doubles[edit]

Tournament Match Round Opponents (Seed or Key) Ranks Result Score
Qatar ExxonMobil Open
Doha, Qatar
ATP World Tour 250
Hard, outdoor
5 – 11 January 2009
Partner: Spain Marc López
1 1R Spain Óscar Hernández / Spain Albert Montañés #136 / #99 Win 6–3, 6–3
2 QF Germany Christopher Kas / Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber (4) #29 / #79 Win 6–7(7–9), 6–4, [10–3]
3 SF France Fabrice Santoro / Russia Mikhail Youzhny #75 / #63 Win 1–6, 7–6(7–2), [11–9]
4 W Canada Daniel Nestor / Serbia Nenad Zimonjić (1) #2 / #1 Win (1) 4–6, 6–4, [10–8]
ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
Rotterdam, Netherlands
ATP World Tour 500
Hard, indoor
9 – 15 February 2009
Partner: Spain Ignacio Coll-Riudavets
5 1R France Arnaud Clément / France Michaël Llodra #83 / #39 Loss 3–6, 4–6
BNP Paribas Open
Indian Wells, United States
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
9 – 22 March 2009
Partner: Spain Marc López
6 1R Czech Republic František Čermák / Slovakia Michal Mertiňák #26 / #31 Win 7–6(7–2), 4–6, [10–7]
7 2R United States Bob Bryan / United States Mike Bryan (1) #1 / #1 Loss 4–6, 3–6
Sony Ericsson Open
Miami, United States
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
23 March – 5 April 2009
Partner: Spain Marc López
8 1R Sweden Johan Brunström / Netherlands Antilles Jean-Julien Rojer (Alt) #61 / #69 Win 6–2, 7–6(7–5)
9 2R Brazil Bruno Soares / Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett (6) #20 / #6 Loss 3–6, 4–6
Rogers Cup
Montreal, Canada
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
10 – 16 August 2009
Partner: Spain Francisco Roig
10 1R Serbia Novak Djokovic / Serbia Dušan Vemić #140 / #49 Win 7–5, 6–4
11 2R Belarus Max Mirnyi / Israel Andy Ram (7) #21 / #12 Loss 6–4, 3–6, [8–10]
BNP Paribas Masters
Paris, France
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, indoor
9 – 15 November 2009
Partner: Argentina Juan Mónaco
12 1R Germany Christopher Kas / Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber #39 / #88 Loss 6–4, 5–7, [13–15]

Source (ATP)

Awards[edit]

Nadal won the Golden Bagel Award for 2009, with nine 6–0 sets during the year. Nadal has won the award three times (a tour record).

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