Rafael “Rafa” Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player and a former World No. 1. Nadal is well known for his undefeated run at his best field of Hard Clay Court and his strong smash and backhand.
A 10-time major champion and arguably the greatest clay court player of all time, Rafael Nadal won four straight French Open titles from 2005 to 2008. Nadal repeated as Roland Garros champion in 2010 and 2011. He compiled a 31-0 record at Roland Garros until his stunning loss to Robin Soderling in the round of 16 in 2009, which remains his only loss in a best-of-five set clay-court match. From April 2005 through May 2007, Nadal won 81 consecutive matches on clay, a single-surface winning streak that stands as an Open Era record.
Nadal defeated his rival Roger Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final, considered one of the greatest matches of all time, and in doing so became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year. Nadal also defeated Federer to win the 2009 Australian Open final as it was the seventh time the two met in a Grand Slam final.
A knee injury prevented him from defending his Wimbledon title in 2009. Nadal is the 2008 Olympic champion in men’s singles. After spending a record 160 weeks ranked No. 2 behind Roger Federer, Nadal ascended to the No. 1 spot on August 18, 2008.
He surrendered the No. 1 ranking to Federer on July 6, 2009. Nadal was the first left-handed man to finish the year with the No. 1 ranking since John McEnroe in 1984, and the first Spaniard ever to achieve that feat.
Nadal delivered the most successful season of his career to date in 2010 when he led the ATP winning seven titles in nine finals to finish as year-end No. 1 for the second time in three years. One of the game’s most physical forces, Nadal won Roland Garros, Wimbledon and his first U.S. Open title to become the seventh man in history to complete the career Grand Slam and the youngest man in the Open era to win all four majors.
He defeated top-ranked Novak Djokovic, 7-5, 6-3, to capture his sixth Rome title and his record-extending 21st Masters championship in May, 2011 to raise his season clay record to 16-1. The second seed defeated No. 1 Djokovic, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, to capture his record-setting seventh French Open title in a rain-interrupted final that was completed on a Monday. A native of the island of Mallorca, he is coached by his uncle, Toni Nadal.
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