Loaded with topspin and menace, Rafa Nadal’s forehand has been described by Andre Agassi as the nastiest shot in tennis.
If you're signing up today to play Fantasy Wimbledon - and you could still win the Week Two prize of a towel and a pair of ground passes for next summer's tournament - you ought to be considering Nadal as your 'Power' player. And those who are already playing Fantasy Wimbledon, and who want to make changes to their selections, should also be thinking about Nadal’s ability to hit winners. Tuesday sees Nadal plays Nick Kyrgios, an Australian wild card, in the fourth round.
Remember that, from 11.01am this morning (British Summer Time), you will be allocated your last five transfers of the tournament; you will have to make those five last for the rest of the fortnight.
Player’s values are based on the statistics from the last three years; though Nadal was a runner-up in 2011, he lost in the second round of the 2012 tournament, and then last summer he was beaten in the first round, so that skewed Nadal’s data. You might have imagined that Nadal’s value in the ‘Power’ category – with two points for every winner, and a point deducted for every unforced error – would have been in the highest band, at 400, but he’s at 300. So far during this tournament, after three appearances, Nadal has hit 123 winners and made 48 unforced errors, so he is averaging 66 points a round.
On the other side of the net, there's no doubt that Kyrgios will continue to have the backing of many Fantasy Wimbledon users. As a wild card who hadn't previously played in the tournament, the 19-year-old is valued at 50 in each of the five categories. Whether or not he beats Nadal, Kyrgios will be expected to generate some big numbers.
If you still haven’t signed up to play Fantasy Wimbledon, it’s not too late. Enter now and you could still win the weekly prize for the second week – a Wimbledon towel and a pair of ground passes for the 2015 Championships.
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