Rafael Nadal's career is studded with great successes and incredible records: with 19 Slams he is aiming Roger Federer's record, but the Spaniard has achieved other great goals, such as the twelve triumphs at the Roland Garros and all the titles on clay-courts.
For each season, however, there is a particular goal, an achievement that should be highlighted. Nadal's 2012 was a season during which the Spanish champion had some physical problems that affected some months of the year.
However, he was once again the absolute ruler of clay swing. A super dominion, which left no way out for any of his biggest rivals such as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. As he had already shown in previous seasons, he was once again the best in clay-swing, although injuries and problems curbed his ambitions on the other surfaces.
In that year, between some difficulties and some negative moments, Nadal clung to his beloved clay-swing to draw on the greatest reserve of victories. This is what most characterized his career and his seasons: concentrate all his energies in three months and try to win as much as possible on a playing surface where the Spaniard is the absolute dominator.
Rafael Nadal's 2012 super clay-season
Nadal won his 8th Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters by beating Novak Djokovic in the final in two sets, with the final score 6-3, 6-1. A week later he faced his countryman David Ferrer in the final in the Godó Tournament in Barcelona, winning 7-6(1), 7-5 a hard-fought battle.
Between May and June Nadal faced Novak Djokovic two more times: at the Italian Open and at the Roland Garros. In the Rome final, Rafa defeated his rival 7-5 6-3. In Paris he faced the Serbian champion again in the final: Nadal won with the score of 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5, getting his seventh French Open title.
The 2012 clay season was the best time of the Spaniard's year: "For me, the priority is to have a long career and be competitive in the tournaments that really interest me: if this involves taking a small step back in the ranking, it could be a valid option.
I want to play tennis and for a longer time I can do it better is," said Rafael Nadal commenting on a stop period due to injuries in 2012.