2012 has been a somewhat rocky year for the Mallorca native, Rafael Nadal, but it seems like the clay season is putting him back into a good rhythm. The Australian Open, Qatar Open, Indian Wells, and Miami all proved to be too much for Rafa’s knees, but the clay courts are being much kinder to the bull. Although the Madrid Open was a different story, Nadal gained some more titles at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the Barcelona Open, and, most recently, the French Open. After a few rain delays and four sets, Rafa defeated Djokovic at Roland Garros, becoming the most successful tennis player in French Open history. It’s clear that Rafa feels at home on the clay courts and the scores don’t lie. It’s true that, recently, he hasn’t been the unbeatable beast that he once was, but he is definitely not ready to retire any time soon. His ex-nemesis, Roger Federer, is now at a safe world number 3, leaving Novak Djokovic as Rafa’s new rival. Healthy competition is a good thing, so I’m glad someone is making Rafa work for his spot. With all of the love and support I have for the guy, I’m anticipating the day to see if and when Rafa will get the number 1 spot back. One thing is for sure, Rafa is not giving up his throne as the King of Clay any time soon.