Despite having to withdraw from the ATP World Tour Finals in London this week due to a knee injury, Rafael Nadal ended the year as the world’s No.1 men’s tennis player after a stellar 2017, including winning both the US Open and, for a record tenth time the French Open. ‘The King of Clay’ achieved ‘La Decima’ on the ‘dirt’ at Roland Garros, beating Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in the final. He also added his 10th title on the clay at Monte Carlo and Barcelona for good measure.
To commemorate this feat (of clay) I did this ‘La Decima’ sketch and luckily got Rafa to sign it for me before he left the London’s O2 last week.
The ‘King of Clay’ Rafa Nadal produced his best performance of the year to beat Andy Murray yesterday at the ATP World Tour Finals in London and secure a semi-final spot.
After an indifferent season, returning from injury the Spanish supremo is looking like returning to the form that has won him 14 Grand Slam titles to date. Currently ranked #5 in the world, he is considered the greatest clay court player of all time because of his dominance on the surface.
Always taking time for his fans, Rafa has signed a few sketches for me. This drawing celebrates his unprecedented nine French Open victories, which I managed to get signed on Sunday at the O2. I was particularly pleased because it is his ‘full’ signature which includes the ‘r nadal’ underneath and a nice dedication.
Just watching a bit of Saturday morning sport. Tennis to be precise. Rafa’s playing Jo-Wilfrend Tsonga in the Shanghai Masters semi final. It continues the popular Spaniard’s resurgence after an indifferent year, returning from injury.
Rafa’s a great player and a great signer. I’ve never seen him refuse an autograph. I’ve already posted a couple of signed Rafa renderings and here’s another one – this more of a montage.
Currently ranked world number seven, he looks likely to return to the O2 in London next month for the World Tour Finals which includes the top eight players. Here’s hoping. It’s such a grew place to get a graph, and I’m expecting him be part of my tennis harvest again this year.
Tennis player Rafael Nadal signed my sketches yesterday, as he left the O2 Arena in London after winning his opening match at the Barclays ATP World Tennis Finals, beating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.