Rafael Nadal
Mar 19, 2016; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Rafael Nadal (ESP) during his semifinal match against Novak Djokovic (SRB) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Djokovic won 7-6, 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

On his way to a breezy first-round win against Sam Groth, Rafael Nadal once again showed why he’s the King of Clay.

Near the end of the one-sided match (he won 6-1, 6-1, 6-1), Nadal chased down a shot by Groth and made a return for the ages.


The shot was so brilliant, even Roth had nothing to offer in return but a smile. You just cannot do anything to combat that kind of spectacular play.

Nadal barely broke a sweat otherwise, finishing off his hopeless opponent in record time.


He’s truly in his element at Roland Garros, where he’s won a record nine times already in his career.