In ATP history, since 1973, Nadal leads the FedEx Reliability Index for career clay-court matches with a 204-16 mark and 29 titles (.927 per cent). Borg is second overall with a 245-39 record and 30 titles (.863), followed by Ivan Lendl with a 329-75 record and 29 titles (.814).
In 2010, Nadal became the first player to win the three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court and Roland Garros titles. But Muster believes Djokovic – unbeaten so far this season – has a shot at challenging Nadal’s dominance on clay
“It’s admirable to watch Roger playing in any kind of court, it’s wonderful,” said Kuerten. “But he needs to improve his resistance level and also take his game to a higher level to gain more power. Nadal knows how to do it, [as] he always plays with power and can raise his level quickly.”
Will Djokovic, Federer or another player break the tradition of Nadal’s dominance of European courts? Moya is in no doubt. “I think Rafa will dominate the clay season, he might lose a match on his way to Paris, but I think once there, under normal circumstances, nobody can beat him [over the] best of five sets.” Over the next 10 weeks we’ll find out.