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

2007 Rafael Nadal tennis season
Full nameRafael Nadal Parera
Country Spain
Calendar prize money$4,896,935 (Singles $4,862,310, Doubles $34,625)[1][2]
Season record70–15 (82.35%)
Calendar titles6
Year-end rankingNo. 2
Ranking change from previous yearSteady
Australian OpenQF
French OpenW
WimbledonF
US Open4R
InjuriesKnee Injury

Year summaryEdit

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 titles 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.[3]

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.[4]

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".[5]

Singles matchesEdit

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   Rainer Schuettler 96
Win
6–4, 6–2
204 2R   Karan Rastogi 480
Win
6–4, 6–1
205 QF   Davide Sanguinetti 106
Win
6–3, 6–2
206 SF   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   Chris Guccione 107
Loss
5–6 RET
Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
Hard, outdoor
January 15–28, 2007
207 1R   Robert Kendrick 90
Win
7–6(8–6), 6–3, 6–2
208 2R   Philipp Kohlschreiber 61
Win
7–5, 6–3, 4–6, 6–2
209 3R   Stan Wawrinka 40
Win
6–2, 6–2, 6–2
210 4R   Andy Murray 16
Win
6–7(3–7), 6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1
210 QF   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   Marcos Baghdatis 17
Win
3–6, 6–2, 6–3
212 2R   Igor Andreev 139
Win
6–2, 3–6, 7–6(7–2)
212 QF   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   Arnaud Clement 53
Win
6–3, 7–6(7–3)
214 3R   Fernando Verdasco 33
Win
6–4, 6–4
215 4R   Juan Carlos Ferrero 23
Win
6–1, 6–1
216 QF   Juan Ignacio Chela 31
Win
7–5, 7–5
217 SF   Andy Roddick 3
Win
6–4, 6–3
218 W   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   Ricardo Mello 127
Win
7–6(9–7), 6–2
3R   Olivier Rochus 36 Win W/O
220 4R   Juan Martin Del Potro 63
Win
6–0, 6–4
220 QF   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   Juan Ignacio Chela 22
Win
6–3, 6–1
222 3R   Kristof Vliegen 52
Win
6–3, 6–1
223 QF   Philipp Kohlschreiber 59
Win
6–2, 6–3
224 SF   Tomas Berdych 14
Win
6–0, 7–5
225 W   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   Kristof Vliegen 53
Win
6–1, 6–2
227 3R   Thomas Johansson 73
Win
6–1, 6–4
228 QF   Potito Starace 72
Win
6–2, 7–5
229 SF   David Ferrer 16
Win
7–5, 6–1
230 W   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   Daniele Bracciali 125
Win
6–4, 6–2
232 3R   Mikhail Youzhny 16
Win
6–2, 6–2
233 QF   Novak Djokovic 5
Win
6–2, 6–3
234 SF   Nikolay Davydenko 4
Win
7–6(7–3), 6–7(8–10), 6–4
235 W   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   Oscar Hernandez 69
Win
7–5, 6–1
237 3R   Igor Andreev 164
Win
6–4, 6–1
238 QF   Fernando Gonzalez 5
Win
6–4, 6–4
239 SF   Lleyton Hewitt 21
Win
2–6, 6–3, 7–5
239 F   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   Juan Martin Del Potro 59
Win
7–5, 6–3, 6–2
241 2R   Flavio Cipolla 227
Win
6–2, 6–1, 6–4
242 3R   Albert Montanes 50
Win
6–1, 6–3, 6–2
243 4R   Lleyton Hewitt 16
Win
6–3, 6–1, 7–6(7–5)
244 QF   Carlos Moya 26
Win
6–4, 6–3, 6–0
245 SF   Novak Djokovic 6
Win
7–5, 6–4, 6–2
246 W   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   Juan Martin Del Potro 59
Win
6–4, 6–4,
248 3R   Max Mirnyi 58
Win
7–6(7–3), 6–3
248 QF   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   Mardy Fish 38
Win
6–3, 7–6(7–4), 6–3
250 2R   Werner Eschauer 72
Win
6–2, 6–4, 6–1
251 3R   Robin Soderling 28
Win
6–4, 6–4, 6–7(7–9), 4–6, 7–5
252 4R   Mikhail Youzhny 13
Win
4–6, 3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–2
253 QF   Tomas Berdych 11
Win
7–6(7–1), 6–4, 6–2
254 SF   Novak Djokovic 5
Win
3–6, 6–1, 4–1 RET
254 F   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   Alexander Waske 135
Win
6–1, 6–1
256 2R   Philipp Kohlschreiber 37
Win
6–3, 6–3
257 QF   Juan Monaco 29
Win
6–1, 6–3
258 SF   Feliciano Lopez 84
Win
6–1, 7–5
259 W   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   Marat Safin 22
Win
7–6(7–4), 6–0
261 3R   Paul-Henri Mathieu 23
Win
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
262 QF   Frank Dancevic 91
Win
4–6, 6–2, 6–3
262 SF   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   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   Alun Jones 123
Win
7–5, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1
264 2R   Janko Tipsarevic 56
Win
6–2, 6–3, 3–2 RET
265 3R   Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 74
Win
7–6(7–3), 6–2, 6–1
265 4R   David Ferrer 15
Loss
7–6(7–3), 4–6, 6–7(4–7), 2–6
Mutua Madrileña Masters Madrid
Madrid, Spain
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Hard, indoor
15–21 October 2007
1R Bye
266 2R   Marcos Baghdatis 22
Win
6–4, 6–4
267 3R   Andy Murray 17
Win
7–6(7–5), 6–4
267 QF   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   Filippo Volandri 41
Win
6–3, 6–1
269 3R   Stan Wawrinka 36
Win
6–4, 6–3
270 QF   Mikhail Youzhny 18
Win
6–4, 6–2
271 SF   Marcos Baghdatis 22
Win
4–6, 6–4, 6–3
271 F   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   Richard Gasquet 8
Win
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
272 RR   David Ferrer 6
Loss
6–4, 4–6, 3–6
273 RR   Novak Djokovic 3
Win
6–4, 6–4
273 SF   Roger Federer 1
Loss
4–6, 1–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.atpworldtour.com/players/rafael-nadal/n409/player-activity?year=2007&matchType=singles
  2. ^ https://www.atpworldtour.com/players/rafael-nadal/n409/player-activity?year=2007&matchType=doubles
  3. ^ "The Battle of Surfaces". Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  4. ^ Cheese, Caroline (7 July 2007). "Wimbledon 2007". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 November 2008.
  5. ^ Newbury, Piers (28 November 2007). "Nadal plays down foot injury fear". BBC Sport Tennis. Retrieved 11 February 2009.