Nadal on clay in 2006 vs 2010

In which year was Nadal the better player on clay?


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Vagary

New User
I recall him playing a very high level on clay in 2010, nearly peak level (below his 2008 prime though) despite losing or prolonging a set here and there. However, there seems to be a wider sentiment that he was better in 2006, with some even claiming he was in his prime back then. In which year was he ultimately the better clay player? Let's see the consensus here at this moment in time.
 
I have seen only the 2010 RG F, and he was amazing there.

2005-06 are still great levels from Rafa but not spectacular for his standards.

2007-08, 10,12,17are his very best.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
I actually liked 2005 Claydal over 2006, because other than that Rome match I actually don't remember what his level was like that season.

2010 gets the nod by default because of results, but in terms of level I'm not in a position to say.
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
I actually liked 2005 Claydal over 2006, because other than that Rome match I actually don't remember what his level was like that season.

2010 gets the nod by default because of results, but in terms of level I'm not in a position to say.
Monte Carlo was great from Nadal in 2006 too. I think the pressure of defending the FO weighed him down a little there but would still back him over anyone not named Nadal in this era.
 

ibbi

Legend
They are both incredible seasons, and the 2010 record is lot better looking and more dominant on paper, but man... In 2006 it was one of those seasons where a guy who is certainly not as technically sound just looks something close to unplayable. He was a monster. The Federer and Mathieu matches are stone cold classics where guys threw everything they had at him and came away with nothing. For me it was way more fun to watch... If you're into that sort of thing.
 

aldeayeah

Legend
They are both incredible seasons, and the 2010 record is lot better looking and more dominant on paper, but man... In 2006 it was one of those seasons where a guy who is certainly not as technically sound just looks something close to unplayable. He was a monster. The Federer and Mathieu matches are stone cold classics where guys threw everything they had at him and came away with nothing. For me it was way more fun to watch... If you're into that sort of thing.
I agree, 2006 was the original Nadal experience. Accept no substitute.
 
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