Rafael Nadal has been missing in action ever since his Australian Open 2021 quarterfinal loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas in February. The Spaniard was struggling with a back injury and this led to his withdrawal from several tournaments last month.

The 20-time Grandslam champion chose to spend time away from the tour, and focus on the clay-court season instead. He will return to action at the Monte Carlo Masters next week, a title which he has won an incredible 11 occasions.

Ahead of the tournament, Rafael Nadal is practicing in full swing at his own academy in Mallorca. The ‘King of Clay’ is practicing hitting forehands, which have proven to be most effective on clay courts.

Will Rafael Nadal continue his dominance on clay?

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Rafael Nadal with the French Open 2020 title

Rafael Nadal has a busy clay court season that lies in front of him, which starts with the Monte Carlo Masters and ends with the French Open in June. During the course of the next two months, he is expected to also play in Madrid, Barcelona and Rome, which are places where he has enjoyed immense success.

Rafael Nadal won his 13th French Open title last year after he defeated Novak Djokovic in the final in straight sets. The Spaniard battled against all odds to claim his 20th slam, and failed to drop even a single set. He enters the French Open 2021 as the certain favorite like every year, and it remains to be seen if he can continue his dominance on clay this season.

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