Hamburg Masters Men’s Singles Players

There are a couple of current Hamburg Masters men’s singles players who could take the title in 2008. We take a look at three of these possible victors – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo.

Roger Federer

HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 19: Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during his semi final match against Carlos Moya of Spain during day five of the Tennis Masters Series Hamburg at Rothenbaum Tennis Centre on May 19, 2007 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Roger Federer is one of the most remarkable tennis players of the modern era. Although he is only 26 years old, the Swiss star has already picked up 12 Grand Slam titles, four Masters Cups and 14 ATP Masters Series titles. He has claimed the Hamburg Masters four times, and what makes his wins so much more impressive, is that clay is his least preferred surface.Only one Grand Slam title continues to elude him, and that is the French Open, played on red clay at Roland Garros. Notwithstanding his French Open drought, he has managed a ‘mini’ Grand Slam, an unprecedented three times – it means that he has claimed three of the four Grand Slam events in a single calendar year on three occasions!

Federer has to be, without a doubt, the hot favourite to pick up the 2008 Hamburg Masters men’s singles players title. Only two players have beaten him in recent times, and they are Rafael Nadal and David Nalbandian. When you glance at his career stats it seems that it will be near impossible for anybody to get the better of him. He ended 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 as the world’s number one male player and has an overall win percentage of 80% – quite phenomenal.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal, on the other hand, is the ‘King of Clay’. His only Grand Slam wins have all taken place on the clay courts of Paris, and his overall clay win/loss record stands currently at 133-13.

His arch-rival is Roger Federer and it was at the very Hamburg Masters in 2007 that Federer trashed his 81-match winning streak on clay. He has won the other two European clay court tournaments at Monte Carlo and Rome no fewer than three times, all back-to-back victories, and Federer was his opponent more than once.

So, for all intents and purposes, it is likely to be a shoot-out between the top two ranked players in the world yet again, and the odds are that Federer will claim a fifth victory at Rothenbaum.

Tommy Robredo

The 25-year-old Spaniard is a clearly a clay-court specialist. He favours the red clay of Europe and has, to date, won five of his six ATP Tour titles on clay. His only Masters Series win was in Hamburg in 2006 when he defeated Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in three sets 6-1 6-3 6-3.

He has proved his pedigree by taking on and defeating the likes of fellow clay court expert Gaston Gaudio, the current world number four, Russian, Nikolay Davydenko and Scot, Andrew Murray. He has ended the 2007 season as the number ten in the world, but, all things being equal; it is most unlikely that Robredo will lift the title again in 2008.