World No. 1 Rafael Nadal proved to be the most dangerous player to serve against in 2008, topping three of the four returning categories in the year-end Ricoh ATP MatchFacts. The 22-year-old Spaniard, who compiled a circuit-best 82-11 record and eight titles, led the circuit in points won returning first serve, points won returning second serve and return games won. He also finished No. 3 in break points converted, behind Novak Djokovic and David Nalbandian.
It marked the second straight season Nadal finished at No. 1 in points won returning on first serve, but he improved his standing in the other three – categories which his countryman David Ferrer had led in 2007. Nadal moved up one spot in return games won, three spots in second serve returns and made his entry into to Top 10 in break points converted.
Nadal also finished in the Top 10 in four of the six service game categories: No. 1 in second serve points won, No. 2 in first serve percentage, No. 4 in service games won and No. 5 in break points saved.
Nadal on Clay
Number of consecutive clay-court matches Nadal won from April 2005 to May 2007, an all-time record
Nadal’s record on clay since 2005, a 97.2 winning percentage.
Nadal’s career record on clay (a winning percentage of 92.1