World Tour Finals player profile: No. 5 Rafael Nadal

You can see profiles for #s 5-8 at the Grandstand and other profiles will no doubt be posted soon.

The Grandstand

Season in review
: For the first time since 2004, Nadal failed to win a Grand Slam title. He did not even triumph at a single Masters 1000 event. He had no winner’s trophies above the 250-point level (Buenos Aires and Stuttgart) before getting the job done on the clay courts of Hamburg in early August. The fifth-ranked Spaniard has since sustained a much-improved level of play–albeit, of course, not up to the standard of previous years. Nadal is an encouraging 14-4 since blowing a two-set lead against Fabio Fognini in round three of the U.S. Open. The 14-time major champion reached finals in Beijing in Basel, the semifinals in Shanghai, and the quarters in Paris. On the biggest stages–not unlike this one at the O2–Nadal has flopped so far in 2015. He did not advance past the last eight of any slam and even fell in the second round…

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