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WGM’s tip for 17 February: Rafael Nadal

Written by Ben Blaschke

He looked like a beaten down man in the Australian Open final last month, but the clay court season has arrived and that means it’s all about one man – Rafael Nadal.

The greatest clay courter of all time will be eying a record ninth French Open crown in a few months’ time, but with plenty of time to get ready for that he heads to Rio this week to take part in a new event on the ATP calendar, the Rio Open.

With almost US$1.5 million on offer, the clay specialists have been quick to sign up with David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro and Fabio Fognini among the starters, but when it comes to this surface it’s only ever about Nadal.

ATP Tour
Rio Open
Jockey Club Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date and time
Monday 17 February. Check local guides for individual match times.
WGM’s bet
Rafael Nadal to win Rio Open

See you back here at for tomorrow’s tip.