Past Athletes

Personal Data

Surname: NadalFirstname: RafaelCountry: SpainDate of birth: 1986-06-03Birthplace : ManacorHeight: 185 cmWeight: 80.0 kg

Career Data

Professional debut: 2001Grand Slam titles: 11 (up to 11/06/2012)Victories in tournaments: 50 (singles), 5 (doubles) - up to 11/06/2012Best year-end ATP world ranking: 1st (2008, 2010)Olympic Games (1 medal : 1 gold)Grand Slam TournamentsOther victoriesRecords
  • Singles: 1st (2008)
  • 1 Australian Open (2009), 1 final (2012), 1 semi-final (2008)
  • 7 French Open titles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • 2 Wimbledon titles (2008, 2010), 3 finals (2006, 2007, 2011
  • 1 US Open (2010), 1 final (2011), 2 semi-finals (2008, 2009)
  • 3 Davis Cup titles (2004, 2009, 2011)
  • Masters: 1 final (2010), 2 semi-finals (2006, 2007)
  • 81 consecutive victories on clay (08/04/2005-20/05/2007) - previous record : Guillermo Vilas/ARG - 53 in 1977 -

Biography

The red clay raging bullFederer's bogeyman

With four consecutive Roland Garros titles between 2005-2008, an insatiable will to win every single point and a brutal, pummelling style of play, Spain's Rafael Nadal is the undoubted king of the clay court.

After his most recent triumph in the French title, his record winning streak on the surface stands at a staggering 81 games without defeat.

The bullish Mallorcan is one of the few men stopping Roger Federer from total domination of the game and seemingly has sport in his genes, with his uncle the ex-Barcelona defender Miguel Angel Nadal playing at three World Cups for Spain while another uncle, Toni Nadal, is Rafael's coach.

After breaking Federer's five year reign at Wimbledon in 2008 by winning the prestigious grass court tournament during what many onlookers described as the greatest final ever, Nadal is now guaranteed to take over as world number one after victory in Toronto and a semi-final run at Cincinatti.

Born in 1986 he was playing tennis by the age of four, was entered at competition at eight and at 16 was the youngest man to ever win an ATP game at the Mallorca International series of 2002.

His first taste of top level glory came with the so called "Armada" Spain's David Cup team, who beat the USA in the 2004 final, endearing him to the national press and public. That year he also won his first ATP tournament.

Perhaps Nadal's finest hour was his first run to glory at the French Open in 2005 when his seemingly bottomless well of passion, energy and verve carried him past a disgusted looking Roger Federer in the semi-finals.

He had to then come from a set down against Argentine Mariano Puerta to win 3 sets to 1 in the final.

In the following two finals, 2006 and 2007, he brushed Federer himself aside, the silken Swiss seemingly losing his cool under the relentless left-hander's steel gaze and ever improving service.

The rivalry, that also saw two Wimbledon final wins over Nadal for Federer in 2006 and 2007, has been emblematic of their generation and many feel it is only a question of time before the Spaniard wrestles the world number one mantle from the older man's grasp.

Such is the draw to take part at what should be a truly unforgettable Beijing Games that Federer, Nadal and most of the world's top players of either gender will be vying for gold out on the hard courts in China 2008.


Photos

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to Swedish Robin Soderling during the first round of the French Tennis Open at Roland Garros in Paris 29 May 2006. AFP PHOTO CHRISTOPHE SIMONSpain's Rafael Nadal holds his trophy and his national flag after defeating Switzerland's Roger Federer during their final tennis match of the 2008 Wimbledon championships against  at The All England Tennis Club in southwest London, on July 6, 2008. Nadal won 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7.       AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISSpanish team members (L to R), former number one Juan Carlos Ferrero,Tommy Robredo, Spanish Davis Cup team captain Jordi Arrese, Rafael Nadal, the youngest Davis Cup winner in the history of the competition and World number five and 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya of Spain pose with the Trophy during the Davis Cup award ceremony, 05 December 2004 at La Cartuja Olympic stadium in Seville. Moya won the third single match 6-2, 7-6, 7-6 against Andy Roddick of the US to give Spain  a 3-1 victory in the tie. Spain won his second ever Davis Cup title.  AFP PHOTO CHRISTOPHE SIMONSwiss Roger Federer (L) congratulates Spanish Rafael Nadal (R) after their semi final match of the tennis French Open at Roland Garros, 03 June 2005 in Paris. Nadal won 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. AFP PHOTO  JACK GUEZSpanish Rafael Nadal kisses his trophy after his men's final match of the tennis French Open at Roland Garros against Argentinian Mariano Puerta, 05 June 2005 in Paris. Nadal won 6-7(6) 6-3 6-1 7-5. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEXSpanish Rafael Nadal celebrates winning a point against Argentinian Mariano Puerta during their final match of the tennis French Open at Roland Garros, 05 June 2005 in Paris. AFP PHOTO  JACK GUEZ
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