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Rafael Nadal
Nadal Japan Open 2011.jpg
Rafael Nadal in 2011
Full name Rafael Nadal Parera
Kintra Spain Spain
Residence Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Born 3 Juin 1986 (1986-06-03) (age 29)
Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Hicht 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2001
Plays Left-handit (twa-handit backhand)
Coach(es) Toni Nadal
Prize money


Career record 762–157
Career titles 50
Heichest rankin No. 1 (18 August 2008)
Current rankin No. 7 (16 October 2015)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (2009)
French Open W (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)
Wimbledon W (2008, 2010)
US Open W (2010)
Ither toornaments
Tour Finals F (2010)
Olympic Games Gold medal.svg Gold medal (2008)
Career record 118–68
Career titles 8
Heichest rankin No. 26 (8 August 2005)
Current rankin No. 404 (29 Julie 2013)[2]
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2004, 2005)
Wimbledon 2R (2005)
US Open SF (2004)
Team competeetions
Davis Cup W (2004, 2008, 2009, 2011)
Last updatit on: 27 Januar 2015.
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Spain
Men's Tennis
Gowd 2008 Beijing Singles

Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (Catalan: [rəfəˈɛɫ nəˈðaɫ pəˈɾeɾə], Spainyie: [rafaˈel naˈðal paˈɾeɾa]; born 3 Juin 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked warld No. 7.[5] He is widely regarded as the greatest clay court player in history[lower-alpha 1] an haes been nicknamed "The King of Clay."[lower-alpha 2] His evolution intae an aw-court threat haes established him as ane o the greatest players in tennis,[lower-alpha 3] wi some considering Nadal tae be the greatest player o aw time on clay.[25][26][27]

Nadal haes won 14 Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 Olympic gowd medal in singles, a record 27 titles ATP World Tour Masters 1000[28][29][30] an 15 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments. He wis an aa a member o the winning Spain Davis Cup team in 2004, 2008, 2009, an 2011. In 2010, he acame the seventh player in history an youngest o fower in the Open Era tae achieve the Career Grand Slam. He is the seicont male player, efter Andre Agassi, tae complete the singles Career Golden Slam. In 2011, Nadal wis named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.[31]

Nadal an Mats Wilander are the anly twa male players in history who have won at least twa Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces—haurd court, grass, an clay.[32] By winning the 2014 French Open, Nadal acame the anly male player tae win a single Grand Slam tournament nine times an the first tae win at least ane Grand Slam tournament for ten consecutive years, breaking the record o aicht consecutive years previously shared bi Björn Borg, Pete Sampras, an Roger Federer. Nadal holds the record for maist consecutive titles at a particular tournament efter winning his eighth straight Monte-Carlo Masters in 2012. He haes won at least ane Masters 1000 an ane ATP 500 series tournament for 10 consecutive years.

Early life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Rafael Nadal wis born in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain, tae Sebastián Nadal, a businessman who ains an insurance company, a glass an window company, Vidres Mallorca, an manages his ain restaurant, Sa Punta. His mither is Ana María Parera, a housewife. He haes a younger sister named María Isabel. His uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal, is a retired professional footballer, who played for RCD Mallorca, FC Barcelona, an the Spanish national team.[33] Nadal supports football clubs Real Madrid an RCD Mallorca.[34] Recognizing that Nadal haed a naitural talent for tennis, anither uncle, Toni Nadal, a umwhile professional tennis player, introduced him tae tennis when he wis three years auld.[35]

At age aicht, Nadal won an unner-12 regional tennis championship at a time when he wis an aa a promising football player.[36] This made Toni Nadal intensify training, an at that time he encouraged Nadal tae play left-handed for a naitural advantage on the tennis court, as he noticed Nadal played forehand shots wi twa haunds.[36] This mey be due tae the fact he is ambidextrous, playing tennis wi his left haund, an writing wi his right.[37]

When Nadal wis 12, he won the Spanish an European tennis titles in his age group an wis playing tennis an football aw the time.[36] Nadal's faither made him choose atween football an tennis sae that his schuil wirk would nae deteriorate entirely. Nadal said: "I chose tennis. Football had to stop straight away."[36]

When he wis 14, the Spanish tennis federation requestit that he leave Mallorca an move tae Barcelona tae continue his tennis training. Nadal's faimily turned doun this request, partly acause thay feared it would hurt his eddication,[36] but an aa acause Toni said that "I don't want to believe that you have to go to America, or other places to be a good athlete. You can do it from your home."[35] The decision tae stay home meant that Nadal received less financial support frae the federation; instead, Nadal's faither covered the costs. In Mey 2001, he defeatit umwhile Grand Slam tournament champion Pat Cash in a clay-court exhibition match.[33]

Nadal turned professional at the age o 15,[38] an participatit in twa events on the ITF junior circuit. In 2002, at the age o 16, Nadal reached the semifinals o the Boy's Singles tournament at Wimbledon, in his first ITF junior event.[39]

By the age o 17, he beat Roger Federer the first time thay played an acame the youngest man tae reach the third roond at Wimbledon syne Boris Becker. At 18, he helped pace Spain ower the US in the junior Davis Cup in his seicont, an final, appearance on the ITF junior circuit. At 19, Nadal won the French Open the first time he played it, a feat nae accomplished in Paris for mair nor 20 years. He eventually won it the first fower times he played at Roland Garros.[38] In 2003, he haed won the ATP Newcomer of the Year Award. Early in his career, Nadal acame kent for his habit o bitin the trophies he won.[40]

Tennis career[eedit | eedit soorce]

2002–2004[eedit | eedit soorce]

In Aprile 2002, at 15 years an 10 months, the warld No. 762 Nadal won his first ATP match, defeating Ramón Delgado, an acame the ninth player in the Open Era tae dae sae afore the age o 16.[41] The follaein year, Nadal won twa Challenger titles an finished the year in the tap 50. At his Wimbledon debut in 2003, Nadal acame the youngest man tae reach the third roond syne Boris Becker in 1984.[42]

Nadal reached the third roond o the 2004 Australian Open whaur he lost in three sets against Australian Lleyton Hewitt. Interestingly, haed he won, he would have faced Roger Federer in the next roond.[43] Later that year, Nadal played his first match against warld No. 1 Roger Federer at the 2004 Miami Masters, an won in straight sets, afore losin tae Fernando González in the fowert roond. He wis ane o the sax players who defeatit Federer that year (alang wi Tim Henman, Albert Costa, Gustavo Kuerten, Dominik Hrbatý, an Tomáš Berdych). He missed maist o the clay court saison, includin the French Open, acause o a stress fracture in his left ankle.[33]

Nadal, at 18 years an sax months, acame the youngest player tae register a singles victory in a Davis Cup final for a winning naition.[44] By beating warld No. 2 Andy Roddick, he helped Spain clinch the 2004 title ower the Unitit States in a 3–2 win. He finished the year ranked warld No. 51.

2005: First Grand Slam title[eedit | eedit soorce]

At the 2005 Australian Open, Nadal lost in the fowert roond tae eventual runner-up Lleyton Hewitt. Twa months later, Nadal reached the final o the 2005 Miami Masters, an despite bein twa pynts frae a straight-sets victory, he wis defeatit in five sets bi warld No. 1 Roger Federer. Baith performances war considered tae be breakthroughs for Nadal.[45][46]

He then dominatit the spring clay court saison. He won 24 consecutive singles matches, which broke Andre Agassi's Open Era record o consecutive match wins for a male teenager.[47] Nadal won the Torneo Conde de Godó in Barcelona an beat 2004 French Open runner-up Guillermo Coria in the finals o the 2005 Monte Carlo Masters an the 2005 Rome Masters. These victories raised his ranking tae warld No. 5[48] an made him ane o the favorites at his career-first French Open. On his 19th birthday, Nadal defeatit Federer in the 2005 French Open semifinals, bein ane o anly fower players who defeatit the tap-seeded player that year (alang wi Marat Safin, Richard Gasquet, an David Nalbandian). Twa days later, he defeatit Mariano Puerta in the final, acomin the seicont male player efter Mats Wilander tae win the French Open on his first attempt. He an aa acame the first teenager tae win a Grand Slam singles title syne Pete Sampras won the 1990 US Open at age 19.[33] Winning the French Open improved Nadal's ranking tae warld No. 3.[48]

Three days efter his victory in Paris, Nadal's 24-match winning streak wis snapped in the first roond o the grass coort Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, whaur he lost tae the German Alexander Waske.[49] He then lost in the seicont roond o 2005 Wimbledon tae Gilles Müller o Luxembourg.

Immediately efter Wimbledon, Nadal won 16 consecutive matches an three consecutive tournaments, bringing his ranking tae warld No. 2 on 25 Julie 2005.

Nadal stairtit his North American summer haurd-court saison bi defeating Agassi in the final o the 2005 Canada Masters, but lost in the first roond o the 2005 Cincinnati Masters. Nadal wis seeded seicont at the 2005 US Open, whaur he wis upset in the third roond bi warld No. 49 James Blake in fower sets.

In September, he defeatit Coria in the final o the China Open in Beijing an won baith o his Davis Cup matches against Italy. In October, he won his fowert ATP Masters Series title o the year, defeatin Ivan Ljubičić in the final o the 2005 Madrid Masters. He then suffered a fit injury that preventit him frae competing in the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup.[50]

Baith Nadal an Federer won eleven singles titles an fower ATP Masters Series titles in 2005. Nadal broke Mats Wilander's previous teenage record o nine in 1983.[51] Nine o Nadal's titles war on clay, an the remainder war on haurd courts. Nadal won 79 matches, seicont anly tae Federer's 81. Nadal won the Golden Bagel Award for 2005, wi eleven 6–0 sets during the year.[52] An aa, he earned the heichest year-end ranking ever bi a Spaniard an the ATP Maist Improved Player o the Year award.

2006: Second French Open title[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal missed the Australian Open acause o a fit injury.[53] In Februar, he lost in the semifinals o the first tournament he played, the Open 13 tournament in Marseille, Fraunce. Twa weeks later, he handed Roger Federer his first loss o the year in the final o the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open (in 2006, Rafael Nadal an Andy Murray war the anly twa men who defeatit Federer). Tae complete the spring haurd-court saison, Nadal wis upset in the semifinals o the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, bi James Blake, an wis upset in the seicont roond o the 2006 Miami Masters.

On European clay, Nadal won aw fower tournaments he entered an 24 consecutive matches. He defeatit Federer in the final o the Masters Series Monte Carlo in fower sets. The follaein week, he defeatit Tommy Robredo in the final o the Open Sabadell Atlántico tournament in Barcelona. Efter a ane-week break, Nadal won the Masters Series Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, defeating Federer in a fifth-set tiebreaker in the final, efter saving twa match pynts an equaling Björn Borg's tally o 16 ATP titles won as a teenager. Nadal broke Argentinian Guillermo Vilas's 29-year male record o 53 consecutive clay-court match victories bi winning his first roond match at the French Open. Vilas presentit Nadal wi a trophy, but commentit later that Nadal's feat wis less impressive than his ain acause Nadal's winning streak covered twa years an wis accomplished bi adding easy tournaments tae his schedule.[54]

Nadal went on tae play Federer in the final o the French Open. The first twa sets o the match war hardly competitive, as the rivals traded 6–1 sets. Nadal won the third set easily an served for the match in the fowert set afore Federer broke him an forced a tiebreaker. Nadal won the tiebreaker an acame the first player tae defeat Federer in a Grand Slam tournament final.[55]

2006 Roland Garros champion

Nadal injured his shoulder while playing a quarterfinal match against Lleyton Hewitt at the Artois Championships, played on grass at the Queen's Club in Lunnon.[56] Nadal wis unable tae complete the match, which ended his 26-match winning streak. Nadal wis seeded seicont at Wimbledon, but wis twa pynts frae defeat against American qualifier Robert Kendrick in the seicont roond afore coming back tae win in five sets. In the third roond, Nadal defeatit warld No. 20 Andre Agassi in straight sets at Agassi's last career match at Wimbledon. Nadal an aa won his next three matches in straight sets, which set up his first Wimbledon final, which wis against Federer, who haed won this tournament the three previous years. Nadal wis the first Spanish man syne Manuel Santana in 1966, tae reach the Wimbledon final, but Federer won the match in fower sets tae win his fowert consecutive Wimbledon title.

During the lead up tae the US Open, Nadal played the twa Masters Series tournaments in North Americae. He wis upset in the third roond o the Rogers Cup in Toronto an the quarterfinals o the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati. Nadal wis seeded seicont at the US Open, but lost in the quarterfinals tae warld No. 54 Mikhail Youzhny o Roushie in fower sets.

Nadal played anly three tournaments the remainder o the year. Joachim Johansson, ranked warld No. 690, upset Nadal in the seicont roond o the Stockholm Open. The follaein week, Nadal lost tae Tomáš Berdych in the quarterfinals o the year's last Masters Series tournament, the Mutua Madrileña Masters in Madrid. During the roond-robin stage o the year-endin Tennis Masters Cup, Nadal lost tae James Blake but defeatit Nikolay Davydenko an Robredo. Acause o those twa victories, Nadal qualified for the semifinals, whaur he lost tae Federer. This wis Nadal's third loss in nine career matches wi Federer.

Nadal went on tae acome the first player syne Andre Agassi in 1994–95 tae finish the year as the warld No. 2 in consecutive years.

2007: Third French Open title[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal stairtit the year bi playing in sax haurd-court tournaments. He lost in the semifinals an first roond o his first twa tournaments an then lost in the quarterfinals o the Australian Open tae eventual runner-up Fernando González. Efter anither quarterfinal loss at the Dubai Tennis Championships, he won the 2007 Indian Wells Masters, afore Novak Djoković defeatit him in the quarterfinals o the 2007 Miami Masters.

He haed comparatively mair success efter returning tae Europe tae play five clay-court tournaments. He won the titles at the Masters Series Monte Carlo, the Open Sabadell Atlántico in Barcelona, an the Masters Series Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, afore losin tae Roger Federer in the final o the Masters Series Hamburg. This defeat ended his 81-match winning streak on clay, which is the male Open Era record for consecutive wins on a single surface. He then rebounded tae win the French Open for the third straight year, defeating Federer ance again in the final.

Atween the tournaments in Barcelona an Rome, Nadal defeatit Federer in the "Battle of Surfaces" exhibeetion match in Mallorca, Spain, wi the tennis court bein half grass an half clay.[57]

Nadal played the Artois Championships at the Queen's Club in Lunnon for the seicont consecutive year. As in 2006, Nadal wis upset in the quarterfinals. Nadal then won consecutive five-set matches during the third an fowert roonds o Wimbledon afore bein beaten bi Federer in the five-set final. This wis Federer's first five-set match at Wimbledon syne 2001.[58]

In Julie, Nadal won the clay court Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, which proved tae be his last teetle o the year. He played three important tournaments during the North American summer haurd court saison. He wis a semifinaleet at the Masters Series Rogers Cup in Montreal afore losin his first match at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati. He wis the seicont-seeded player at the US Open, but wis defeatit in the fowert roond bi David Ferrer.

Efter a month-lang break frae tournament tennis, Nadal played the Mutua Madrileña Masters in Madrid an the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. David Nalbandian upset him in the quarterfinals an final o those tournaments. Tae end the year, Nadal won twa o his three roond robin matches tae advance tae the semifinals o the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, whaur Federer defeatit him in straight sets.

During the seicont hauf o the year, Nadal battled a knee injury suffered during the Wimbledon final. In addition, thare war rumors at the end o the year that the fit injury he suffered during 2005, caused lang-term damage, which war gien credence bi coach Toni Nadal's claim that the problem wis "serious". Nadal an his spokesman strangly denied this, houiver, wi Nadal himself calling the story "totally false".[59]

2008: French Open, Wimbledon, Olympic Gold & ascent to No. 1[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal began the year in Indie, whaur he wis comprehensively beaten bi Mikhail Youzhny in the final o the Chennai Open. Nadal then reached the semifinals o the Australian Open for the first time. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeatit Nadal in the semifinal o 2008 Australian Open. Nadal an aa reached the final o the Miami Masters for the seicont time.

During the spring clay-court saison, Nadal won fower singles titles an defeatit Roger Federer in three finals. He beat Federer at the Masters Series Monte Carlo for the third straight year, capturing his Open Era record fowert consecutive title thare. He won in straight sets, despite Federer's holding a 4–0 lead in the seicont set.[60] Nadal then won his fowert consecutive title at the Open Sabadell Atlántico tournament in Barcelona. A few weeks later, Nadal won his first title at the Masters Series Hamburg, defeating Federer in the three-set final. He then won the French Open, acomin the fifth man in the Open Era tae win a Grand Slam singles title wioot losin a set.[61] He defeatit Federer in the final for the third straight year, but this wis the maist lopsided o aw thair matches, as Nadal anly lost fower games an gae Federer his first bagel syne 1999.[60] This wis Nadal's fowert consecutive French title, tying Björn Borg's aw-time record. Nadal acame the fowert male player during Open era tae win the same Grand Slam singles tournament fower consecutive years (the others bein Borg, Pete Sampras, an Federer).

Nadal against Andreas Beck in the 2008 Wimbledon Championships first roond

Nadal then played Federer in the final o Wimbledon for the third consecutive year, in the maist anticipatit match o thair rivalry.[62][63] Nadal entered the final on a 23-match winning streak, includin his first career grass-court title at the Artois Championships staged at the Queen's Club in Lunnon prior tae Wimbledon. Federer haed won his record fifth grass-court title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, an then reached the Wimbledon final wioot losin a set. Unlik thair previous twa Wimbledon finals, tho, Federer wis nae the prohibitive favorite, an mony analysts picked Nadal tae win.[63][64] Thay played the langest (in terms o time on coort, nae in terms o nummers o gemmes) final in Wimbledon history, an acause o rain delays, Nadal won the fifth set 9–7 in near-darkness. The match wis widely lauded as the greatest Wimbledon final ever, wi some tennis critics even calling it the greatest match in tennis history.[65][66][67][68][69]

By winning his first Wimbledon title, Nadal acame the third man in the open era tae win baith the French Open an Wimbledon in the same year, efter Rod Laver in 1969, an Borg in 1978–80, (Federer later accomplished this the follaein year) as well as the seicont Spaniard tae win Wimbledon. He an aa ended Federer's record streak o five consecutive Wimbledon titles an 65 straight wins on grass courts. This wis an aa the first time that Nadal won twa Grand Slam tournaments back-tae-back.

Efter Wimbledon, Nadal extended his winning streak tae a career-best 32 matches. He won his seicont Rogers Cup title in Toronto, an then made it intae the semifinals o the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati. As a result, Nadal clinched the US Open Series an, combined wi Federer's early-roond losses in baith o those tournaments, finally earned the warld No. 1 ranking on 18 August, offeecially ending Federer's record fower-and-a-half-year reign at the tap.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Nadal defeatit Novak Djoković in the semifinals an Fernando González o Chile in the final tae win his first Olympic gowd medal. Nadal acame the first male player ranked in the tap five tae win the gowd medal.[70]

At the US Open, Nadal wis the tap-seeded player for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament. He did nae lose a set during his first three matches, defeating qualifiers in the first an seicont rounds an Viktor Troicki in the third roond. He then needed fower sets tae defeat baith Sam Querrey in the fowert roond an Mardy Fish in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he lost tae eventual runner up, Andy Murray. Later in the year in Madrid, Nadal helped Spain defeat the Unitit States in the Davis Cup semifinals.

At the Mutua Madrileña Masters in Madrid, Nadal lost in the semifinals tae Gilles Simon. Houiver, his performance at the event guaranteed that he would acome the first Spaniard during the open era tae finish the year as the warld No. 1.[71] On 24 October at the Campoamor theatre in Oviedo, Spain, Nadal wis gien the Prince o Asturias Awaird for Sports, in recognition o his achievements in tennis.[72] Twa weeks efter the Madrid Masters at the BNP Paribas Masters in Fraunce, Nadal reached the quarterfinals, whaur he faced Nikolay Davydenko. Nadal lost the first set 6–1, afore retiring in the seicont wi a knee injury.[73] The follaein week, Nadal announced his widrawal frae the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, citing tendinitis o the knee. On 10 November, Nadal widrew frae Spain's Davis Cup final against Argentina, as his knee injury haed nae healed completely.[74]

2009: Australian Open title, Shocked in Paris[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal's first offeecial ATP tour event for the year wis the 250 series Qatar Open in Doha. Efter his first-roond match wi Fabrice Santoro, Nadal wis awairdit the 2008 ATP World Tour Champion trophy.[75] Nadal eventually lost in the quarterfinals tae Gaël Monfils. Nadal an aa entered an won the tournament's doubles event wi pairtner Marc López, defeatin the warld No. 1 doubles team o Daniel Nestor an Nenad Zimonjić in the final. As notit bi statistician Greg Sharko, this wis the first time syne 1990 the warld No. 1 singles player haed played the warld No. 1 doubles player in a final.[76]

At the 2009 Australian Open, Nadal won his first five matches wioot dropping a set, afore defeating compatriot Fernando Verdasco in the semifinals in the seicont langest match in Australian Open history at 5 oors an 14 minutes.[77] This win set up a championship match wi Roger Federer, thair first meeting ever in a haurd-court Grand Slam tournament an thair nineteenth meeting overall. Nadal defeatit Federer in five sets tae earn his first haurd-court Grand Slam singles title,[78] makin him the first Spaniard tae win the Australian Open an the fowert male tennis player—efter Jimmy Connors, Mats Wilander, an Andre Agassi—tae win Grand Slam singles titles on three different surfaces. This win an aa made Nadal the first male tennis player tae hold three Grand Slam singles titles on three different surfaces at the same time.[79]

At the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Nadal lost in the final tae seicont-seeded Andy Murray in three sets. During the final, Nadal cried a trainer tae attend tae a tendon problem wi his right knee, which notably affectit his play in the final set.[80] Awtho this knee problem wis nae associatit wi Nadal's right knee tendonitis, it wis serious enough tae cause him tae widraw frae the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships a week later.[81]

In Mairch, Nadal helped Spain defeat Serbia in a Davis Cup World Group first-roond tie on clay in Benidorm, Spain. Nadal defeatit Janko Tipsarević an Novak Djokovic. The win ower warld No. 3 Djokovic wis Nadal's twelfth consecutive Davis Cup singles match win an boostit his career win–loss record against Djokovic tae 11–4, includin 6–0 on clay.[82][83]

At the 2009 Indian Wells Masters, Nadal won his thirteent Masters 1000 series tournament. In the fowert roond, Nadal saved five match pynts, afore defeating David Nalbandian for the first time.[84] Nadal defeatit Juan Martín del Potro in the quarterfinals an Andy Roddick in the semifinals, afore defeating Murray in the final. The next ATP tour event wis the 2009 Miami Masters. Nadal advanced tae the quarterfinals, whaur he again faced Argentinian del Potro, this time losin the match. This wis the first time del Potro haed defeatit Nadal in five career matches.[85]

Nadal began his European clay court saison at the 2009 Monte Carlo Masters, whaur he won a record fifth consecutive singles title thare.[86] He defeatit Novak Djokovic in the final for his fifth consecutive win, a record in the open era. Nadal is the first male player tae win the same ATP Master series event for five consecutive years.

Nadal then competit in the ATP 500 event in Barcelona. He advanced tae his fifth consecutive Barcelona final, whaur he faced David Ferrer. Nadal went on tae beat Ferrer tae record five consecutive Barcelona victories.[87] At the Rome Masters, Nadal reached the final, whaur he defeatit Novak Djokovic tae improve his overall record tae 13–4 an clay record tae 8–0 against the Serb.[88] He acame the first player tae win fower Rome titles.

Nadal at 2009 Sony Ericsson Open, Miami, Florida, United States

Efter winning twa clay-court Masters, he participatit in the Madrid Open. He lost tae Roger Federer in the final. This wis the first time that Nadal haed lost tae Federer syne the semifinals o the 2007 Tennis Masters Cup.

On 19 Mey, the ATP World Tour announced that Nadal wis the first player oot o aicht tae qualify for the 2009 ATP World Tour Finals, tae be played at the O2 Arena in Lunnon.[89]

By beating Lleyton Hewitt in the third roond o 2009 French Open, Nadal (2005–09 French Open) set a record o 31 consecutive wins at Roland Garros, beating the previous record o 28 bi Björn Borg (1978–81 French Open). Nadal haed won 32 consecutive sets at Roland Garros (syne winning the last 2 sets at the 2007 French Open final against Federer), the seicont-langest winning streak in the tournament's history behind Björn Borg's record o 41 consecutive sets. This run came tae an end on 31 Mey 2009, when Nadal lost tae eventual runner-up, Robin Söderling in the 4th roond. This wis Nadal's first and, until 2015, anly loss at the French Open.

Efter his surprise defeat at Roland Garros, Nadal widrew frae the AEGON Championships. It wis confirmed that Nadal wis suffering frae tendinitis in baith o his knees.[90] On 19 Juin, Nadal widrew frae the 2009 Wimbledon Championship, citing his recurring knee injury.[91] He wis the first champion nae tae defend the title syne Goran Ivanišević in 2001.[91] Roger Federer went on tae win the title, an Nadal consequently dropped back tae warld No. 2 on 6 Julie 2009. Nadal later announced his widrawal frae the Davis Cup.

On 4 August, Nadal's uncle, Toni Nadal, confirmed that Nadal would return tae play at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.[92] Thare, in his first tournament syne Roland Garros, Nadal lost in the quarterfinals tae Juan Martín del Potro.[93] Wi this loss, he relinquished the No. 2 spot tae Andy Murray on 17 August 2009, ranking ootside the tap twa for the first time syne 25 Julie 2005.

In the quarterfinals o the US Open he defeatit Fernando Gonzálezin a rain-delayed encounter.[94] Houiver, like his previous US Open campaign, he fell in the semifinals, this time losin tae eventual champion Juan Martín del Potro.[95] Despite the loss, he regained the No. 2 ranking efter Andy Murray's early exit.[96]

At the World Tour Finals, Nadal lost aw three o his matches against Robin Söderling, Nikolay Davydenko, an Novak Djokovic respectively wioot winning a set.

In December, Nadal participatit in the seicont Davis Cup final o his career. He defeatit Tomáš Berdych in his first singles rubber tae gie the Spanish Davis Cup Team thair first pynt in the tie. Efter the Spanish Davis Cup team haed secured its fowert Davis Cup victory, Nadal defeatit Jan Hájek in the first Davis Cup dead rubber o his career. The win gae Nadal his 14t consecutive singles victory at Davis Cup (his 13th on clay).

Nadal finished the year as No. 2 for the fowert time in five years. Nadal won the Golden Bagel Award for the third time in 2009, wi nine 6–0 sets during the year. In daein sae he set a new record o Awaird wins, syne matched anly bi Novak Djokovic.

2010: Return to No. 1 and Career Grand Slam[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal began the year bi participating in the Capitala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, Unitit Arab Emirates. He defeatit compatriot David Ferrer tae reach his seicont final in the exhibition tournament. In the final, Nadal defeatit Robin Söderling in straight sets.[97]

Nadal participatit in an Australian Open warm-up tournament, the Qatar ExxonMobil Open ATP 250 event in Doha, whaur he lost in the finals tae Nikolay Davydenko.[98][98]

In the Australian Open, Nadal defeatit Peter Luczak, Lukáš Lacko, Philipp Kohlschreiber, an Ivo Karlović.[99] In the quarterfinals, Nadal pulled oot at 3–0 doun in the third set against Andy Murray, haein lost the first twa sets.[100] Efter examining Nadal's knees, doctors told him that he should tak twa weeks o rest, an then twa weeks o rehabilitation.

Nadal reached the semifinals in singles at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, whaur he wis the defending champion; houiver, eventual champion Ivan Ljubičić defeatit him in three sets.[101] He an countryman López won the doubles title, tho, as wildcard entrants against number ane seeds Daniel Nestor an Nenad Zimonjić.[102] This boostit his doubles ranking 175 places[103] tae warld number 66, whauras he wis 241st afore Indian Wells.[104] Efter Indian Wells, Nadal reached the semifinals o the Sony Ericsson Open, whaur he lost tae eventual champion Andy Roddick in three sets.[105]

Nadal reached the final o the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in Monaco, efter beating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the semifinals. This wis Nadal's first tour final syne Doha earlier in the year. He won the final in straight sets ower his compatriot Fernando Verdasco. He lost 14 games throughout aw five matches, the fewest he haed ever lost en route tae a championship, an the final wis the shortest Masters 1000 final in terms o gemmes. Wi this win, Nadal acame the first player in the open era tae win a tournament title for sax straight years.[106]

Unlik in previous years, Nadal next chose tae skip the Barcelona tournament (despite bein that event's five-time defending champion), an his next tournament wis the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia. He defeatit Philipp Kohlschreiber, Victor Hănescu, an Stanlias Wawrinka, aw in straight sets, tae win his 57th straight match in Aprile. In the semis, he faced a resilient Ernests Gulbis, who defeatit Roger Federer earlier in the tournament an teuk Nadal tae three sets for the first time this clay-court saison. Nadal eventually prevailed in 2 oors an 40minutes. He then defeatit compatriot David Ferrer in the final for his fifth title at Rome tae equal Andre Agassi's record o winnin 17 ATP Masters titles.

Nadal at the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, Madrid, Spain

Nadal then entered the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, whaur he haed finished runner-up the previous year. Bein ane o the tap aicht seeds, he received a bye in the first roond. In the seicont roond, he defeatit qualifier Oleksandr Dolgopolov, Jr. in straight sets. He then played the sax-fit-nine-inch American John Isner. Nadal comfortably came throu in straight sets. He defeatit Gaël Monfils in the quarterfinals an his countryman Nicolás Almagro in the next roond, who wis playing in his first Masters 1000 semifinal. The first set o his match against Almagro would be juist the seicont set he lost on clay up tae this pynt in 2010. Nadal then defeatit longtime rival Roger Federer, avenging his 2009 finals loss tae Federer. The win gae him his 18th Masters title, breaking the aw-time record. He acame the first player tae win aw three clay-court Masters titles in a single year an the first player tae win three consecutive Masters events. Nadal moved back tae No. 2 the follaein day.

Entering the French Open, mony war expecting anither Nadal-Federer final. Houiver, this acame impossible when rival Robin Söderling defeatit Federer in the quarterfinals.[107] The failure o Federer tae reach the semifinals allowed Nadal tae regain the warld No. 1 ranking if he war tae win the tournament. Nadal advanced tae the final an defeatit Soderling. The win gae Nadal his seventh Grand Slam tournament title, tying him wi John McEnroe, John Newcombe, an Mats Wilander on the aw-time leet, an allaed Nadal tae reclaim the poseetion o warld No. 1, denyin his biggest rival Roger Federer the aw-time record for weeks at No. 1.[108][109] By this win, Nadal acame the first man tae win the three Masters series on clay an the French Open. The victory at Roland Garros merked the seicont time (2008) that Nadal haed won the French Open wioot dropping a single set (tying the record held bi Björn Borg). Wi the win in Paris he an aa booked his place at the World Tour Finals in Lunnon an acame the first player tae win five French Open titles in sax years.

In Juin, Nadal entered the AEGON Championships, which he haed won in 2008, at the prestigious Queen's Club. He played singles an doubles at this grass court tournament as a warmup for Wimbledon. Bein ane o the tap aicht seeds, he received a bye in the first roond. In the seicont roond, whaur he played his first match on grass syne winning Wimbledon 2008, he defeatit Marcos Daniel. In the third roond, he played Denis Istomin o Uzbekistan, whom he defeatit tae advance tae the quarterfinals. Houiver, he wis defeatit bi compatriot Feliciano López.

At the Wimbledon Championships, Nadal beat Kei Nishikori an Robin Haase in the opening rounds. He defeatit Philipp Petzschner in the third roond, winning efter five sets o play. During his match wi Petzschner, Nadal wis warned twice for allegedly receivin coachin frae his coach an uncle, Toni Nadal, resultin in a $2000 fine bi Wimbledon officials.[110][111] He defeatit Paul-Henri Mathieu o Fraunce in the roond o 16 an in the quarterfinals, he beat Robin Söderling o Swaden in fower sets. He defeatit Andy Murray in straight sets tae reach his fowert Wimbledon final.

Nadal won the 2010 Wimbledon men's title bi defeating Tomáš Berdych in straight sets. Efter the win, Nadal said that winning Wimbledon wis "more than a dream" for him, an thanked the crowd for bein baith kynd an supportive tae him an his adversary during the match an in the semifinal against Andy Murray.[112] The win gae him a seicont Wimbledon title an an eighth career major title[113] juist past the age o 24.[114] The win an aa gae Nadal his first "Old World Triple"; the last person tae achieve this wis Björn Borg in 1978 ("Old World Triple" is a term gien tae winning the Italian Open, French Open, an Wimbledon in the same year).

In his first haurd-court tournament syne Wimbledon, Nadal advanced tae the semifinals o the Rogers Cup, alang wi No. 2 Novak Djokovic, No. 3 Roger Federer, an No. 4 Andy Murray, efter coming back frae a ane-set deficit tae defeat Philipp Kohlschreiber.[115] In the semifinal, defending champion Murray defeatit Nadal, acomin the anly player tae triumph ower the Spaniard twice in 2010.[116] Nadal an aa competit in the doubles wi Djokovic in a ane-time, heich-profile pairtnership o the warld No. 1 an No. 2, the first such team syne the Jimmy Connors an Arthur Ashe team in 1976.[117] Houiver, Nadal an Djokovic lost in the first roond tae Canadians Milos Raonic an Vasek Pospisil. The next week, Nadal wis the tap seed at the Cincinnati Masters, losin in the quarterfinals tae 2006 Australian Open finaleet Marcos Baghdatis.

At the 2010 US Open, Nadal wis the tap seed for the seicont time in three years. He defeatit Teymuraz Gabashvili, Denis Istomin, Gilles Simon, number 23 seed Feliciano López, number 8 seed Fernando Verdasco, an number 12 seed Mikhail Youzhny aw wioot dropping a set, tae reach his first US Open final, acomin anly the eighth man in the Open Era tae reach the final o aw fower majors, an at age 24 the seicont youngest ever tae dae sae, behind anly Jim Courier. In the final, he defeatit Novak Djokovic, which completit the Career Grand Slam for Nadal; he an aa acame the seicont male efter Andre Agassi tae complete a Career Golden Slam.[118]

Nadal's US Open victory meant that he an aa acame the first man tae win majors on clay, grass, an haurd court in the same year, an the first tae win the French Open, Wimbledon, an the US Open in the same year syne Rod Laver in 1969. Nadal an Mats Wilander are the anly male players tae win at least twa Grand Slams each on clay, grass, an hardcourts in thair careers.[32] Nadal an aa acame the first left-handed man tae win the US Open syne John McEnroe in 1984.[119] Nadal's victory an aa clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking for 2010, makin Nadal anly the third player (efter Ivan Lendl in 1989 an Roger Federer in 2009) tae regain the year-end number ane ranking efter haein lost it.[120]

Nadal serving in Tokyo

Nadal began his Asian tour at the 2010 PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok whaur he reached the semifinals, losin tae compatriot Guillermo García-López. Nadal wis able tae regroup, an at the 2010 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo (debut), he defeatit Santiago Giraldo, Milos Raonic, an Dmitry Tursunov. In the semifinals against Viktor Troicki, Nadal saved twa match pynts in the deciding set tiebreaker tae win it 9–7 in the end. In the final, Nadal comfortably defeatit Gaël Monfils for his seventh title o the saison.

Nadal next played in the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters in Shanghai, whaur he wis the tap seed, but lost tae warld No. 12 Jürgen Melzer in the third roond, snapping his record streak o 21 consecutive Masters quarterfinals. On 5 November, Nadal announced that he wis pulling oot o the Paris Masters due tae tendinitis in his left shoulder.[121] On 21 November 2010, in Lunnon, Nadal won the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Awaird for the first time.[122]

At the 2010 ATP Warld Tour Finals in Lunnon, Nadal defeatit Roddick[123] in the first match, Djokovic in the seicont match, an Berdych in the third match, tae advance tae the semifinals for the third time in his career. This wis the first time that Nadal achieved three wins in the roond-robin stage. In the semifinal, he defeatit Murray in a haurd-focht match tae reach his first final at the tournament. In anly thair seicont meeting o the year, Federer beat Nadal in the final. Efter the match, Nadal stated, "Roger is probably the more complete player of the world. I'm not going to say I lost that match because I was tired." This wis a reference tae his marathon victory ower Murray on Saturday. "I tried my best this afternoon, but Roger was simply better than me."[124]

Nadal ended the 2010 saison haein won three Grand Slams an three Masters 1000 tournaments, an haein regained the No. 1 ranking.

Next up for Nadal wis a twa-match exhibition against Federer for the Roger Federer Foundation. The first match teuk place in Zürich on 21 December 2010, an the seicont in Madrid the next day.

2011: Sixth French Open title[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal stairtit 2011, bi participating in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, Unitit Arab Emirates. He defeatit Tomáš Berdych tae reach his third final in the exhibition tournament. In the final, he won ower his main rival Roger Federer.

At the Qatar ExxonMobil Open ATP 250 event in Doha, Qatar, Nadal barely struggled past his first three opponents, Karol Beck, Lukáš Lacko, an Ernests Gulbis, citin fever as the primary reason for his puir performance. He fell in straicht sets tae a resurgent Nikolay Davydenko in the semifinals.[125] He an countryman López won the doubles title bi defeatin the Italian duo Daniele Bracciali an Andreas Seppi.[126]

Nadal at the 2011 Australian Open

In the first roond o the Australian Open, Nadal defeatit Marcos Daniel. In the seicont roond, he beat upcoming qualifier Ryan Sweeting. In the third roond, he wis testit bi emergin player Bernard Tomic o Australie, but Nadal wis victorious in straight sets. He went on tae defeat Marin Čilić o Croatie, in the fowert roond. He suffered an apparent hamstring injury against felloae Spaniard David Ferrer early in the pair's quarterfinal match an ultimately lost in straicht sets, thus ending his effort tae win fower major tournaments in a row.[127]

On 7 Februar 2011, in Abu Dhabi, Unitit Arab Emirates, Nadal won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for the first time, ahead o footballer Lionel Messi, Sebastian Vettel, Spain's Andres Iniesta, Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant, an Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.[128]

In Mairch, Nadal helped Spain defeat Belgium in a 2011 Davis Cup World Group first-roond tie on haurd indoor courts in the Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium. Nadal defeatit Ruben Bemelmans.[129] Efter Spain's victory in three matches, Nadal won a seicont dead rubber against Olivier Rochus.[130]

At the 2011 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Nadal defeatit upcoming qualifier Rik de Voest in his first match. In the third roond, he beat qualifier Ryan Sweeting He then defeatit qualifier Somdev Devvarman in the fowert roond. In the quarterfinals, Nadal haed a haurd time against Croatian Ivo Karlović, an in the semifinals he met Juan Martín del Potro. The last three confrontations atween the players war in favor o del Potro, but despite some difficulties, Nadal won in straight sets. He reached his third final at Indian Wells, an lost against Novak Djokovic.[131] The next day, Nadal an Djokovic played a friendly match in Bogotá, Colombia, which Nadal won.[132]

Nadal stairtit the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open wi a win ower Kei Nishikori then met his compatriot Feliciano López in the third roond, whom he defeatit. In the fowert roond, he defeatit Alexandr Dolgopolov. In the quarterfinals, Nadal haed the first real test o the tournament when he met the warld No. 7 Tomáš Berdych, who he defeatit in three sets. In the semifinals, Nadal met his main rival Roger Federer, thair first meeting in a semifinal syne the 2007 Masters Cup. Nadal won in straight sets. For the seicont time in twa weeks, Nadal faced Novak Djokovic in the final. As in the Indian Wells tournament, Nadal won the first set, an Djokovic the seicont. The third set ended in a tiebreak, wi Djokovic winning.[133] This wis the first time Nadal reached the finals o Indian Wells an Miami in the same year.

Nadal began his clay-court saison bi winning the 2011 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters wi the loss o juist ane set. Nadal defeatit Jarkko Nieminen, Richard Gasquet, Ivan Ljubičić, an Andy Murray tae reach his seventh consecutive final in Monte Carlo. In the final, Nadal avenged his defeat bi David Ferrer in the quarterfinals o the 2011 Australian Open. He acame the first man tae win the same tournament seiven times in a row at the ATP level in the open era.[134] Nadal chalked up his 37th straight win at the clay-court event, whaur he haes nae lost syne the 2003 Monte Carlo Masters. It wis his 44th career title an 19th at a Masters event.[135] It wis his first title syne winning the Japan Open. Nadal shares third place wi Björn Borg an Manuel Orantes in the leet o players wi the maist titles on clay.[136]

Juist a week later, Nadal won his sixth Barcelona Open crown, winning the 2011 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell final against Ferrer in straight sets. In daein sae, Nadal acame the first man in the open era tae have won twa tournaments at least sax times each. Nadal wis then the leader in terms o matches won in the year, wi 29. He did nae gain ony pynts for this victory, houiver, as anly fower ATP 500 tournaments can be countit towards a players ranking at ane time, but thay will go intae effect 8 August 2011, when the result o the 2010 Legg Mason Tennis Classic expires.[137]

At the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open in Mey, he defeatit Marcos Baghdatis, haed a walkover against Juan Martín del Potro, an defeatit Michaël Llodra an Roger Federer, afore losin the final tae Novak Djokovic in twa sets.[138]

Nadal again lost in straight sets tae Novak Djokovic in the Rome Masters final.[139] This merked the first time that Nadal haes lost twice on clay tae the same player in a single saison.[140] Houiver, Nadal retained his No. 1 rankin during the clay-coort saison an won his saxt French Open title bi defeatin Roger Federer.[141]

During the first three rounds o Wimbledon, Nadal beat Michael Russell, Ryan Sweeting, an Gilles Müller. He then faced Juan Martín del Potro in the fowert roond an Mardy Fish in the quarterfinals, defeating baith players in fower sets. His semifinal opponent wis warld No. 4 Andy Murray. Nadal lost the first set, then won the next three. This set up a final against warld No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who haed beaten Nadal in aw fower o thair matches in 2011 (aw in Masters finals). Efter dropping the third set, Djokovic defeatit Nadal in the fowert. This wis the first Grand Slam tournament final that Nadal haed lost tae someone ither than Roger Federer an his first loss at Wimbledon syne his five-set loss tae Federer in the 2007 final. The loss ended Nadal's winning streak in Grand Slam finals at seiven, preventin him frae tying the Open-Era record o aicht victories in a row set bi Pete Sampras. Djokovic's success at the tournament an aa meant that the Serb ascended tae warld No. 1 for the first time, breaking the dominance o Federer an Nadal on the poseetion, which ane o them haed held for every week syne 2 Februar 2004. Nadal fell tae warld No. 2 in the rankings for the first time syne Juin 2010.

Efter restin for a month frae a fit injury sustained during Wimbledon, he contestit the 2011 Rogers Cup, whaur he wis shocked bi Croatian Ivan Dodig in a third-set tiebreak. He next played in the 2011 Cincinnati Masters, whaur he lost tae Mardy Fish in the quarterfinals.

At the 2011 US Open, Nadal defeatit Andrey Golubev in straicht sets an advanced tae the third roond efter Frenchman Nicolas Mahut retired. Efter defeating David Nalbandian on 4 September, Nadal collapsed in his post-match press conference due tae severe cramps.[142] Nadal lost tae Novak Djokovic in the final in fower sets.

Efter the US Open, Nadal made the final o the Japan Open Tennis Championships. Nadal, who wis the 2010 champion, wis defeatit bi Andy Murray. At the Shanghai Masters, Nadal wis tap seed wi the absence o Novak Djokovic, but wis upset in the third roond bi No. 23 ranked Florian Mayer in straight sets. At the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals, Nadal wis defeatit bi Roger Federer in the roond-robin stage, in ane o the quickest matches atween the twa, lasting juist 60 minutes. In the follaein match, Nadal wis defeatit bi Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, an wis eliminatit frae the tournament.

In the Davis Cup final in December, Nadal haed a quick straight-set win ower Juan Mónaco in his first match. In his seicont match against Juan Martín del Potro, Nadal did nae win a single service game in the first set but came back tae win the match.[143]

Nadal ended his tennis saison wi the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, an exhibeetion tournament nae affiliatit wi the ATP. The tournament, normally held in early Januar, wis held frae 29 tae 31 December 2011. Nadal haed a bye intae the semifinals an played against David Ferrer, who defeatit Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals.[144] Ferrer won the match in straight sets.[145] Nadal wis then relegatit tae the third place match against Roger Federer. Nadal won in straight sets.

2012: Seventh French Open title[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal during the finals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

Nadal began his ATP World Tour saison at the Qatar Open. He beat Philipp Kohlschreiber an qualifier Denis Gremelmayr in rounds ane an twa an then won against seventh-seeded Mikhail Youzhny.[146] In the semifinal he lost tae Gaël Monfils in twa sets.[147]

In the Australian Open Nadal began the tournament bi breezing past qualifier Alex Kuznetsov o Unitit States.[148] The seicont roond against Tommy Haas, who haes never won a set against Rafael, wis tighter, but Nadal again advanced in three straight sets.[149] He defeatit Feliciano López in the fowert roond, then won in his quarterfinal an semifinal matches against Tomáš Berdych an Roger Federer respectively. By daein sae, he haes reached the finals o aw fower majors consecutively. In the final, on 29 Januar, he wis beaten bi Novak Djokovic in a five-set match that lastit 5 oors an 53 minutes, the langest ever match for a Grand Slam title. The pair set a new warld record, breaking the latest langest major singles final atween Mats Wilander an Ivan Lendl, which lastit 4 oors an 54 minutes, at the US Open in 1988.[150]

Nadal made it tae the semifinals in Indian Wells, whaur he wis beaten in straight sets bi eventual champion Roger Federer. He an aa made the semifinals in Miami, but widrew acause o knee problems.

As the clay court saison stairtit, Nadal wis seeded 2nd at the 2012 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. He defeatit Jarkko Nieminen, Mikhael Kukushkin, Stanislas Wawrinka, an Gilles Simon afore topping warld No. 1 Novak Djokovic tae win his 8th consecutive Monte Carlo trophy. This ended a streak o seiven straight final losses tae Djokovic, which began at the 2011 Indian Wells Masters final.

A day efter the Monte Carlo Masters Final, Nadal traveled tae Barcelona whaur he received a bye in the first roond. His tremendous record on clay continued as he beat compatriot David Ferrer in a haurd focht final tae clinch his seventh title in aicht years at the Barcelona Open.

The Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open did nae go very well for Nadal. He beat Nikolay Davydenko, ane o the few players tae hold a positive heid tae heid record ower Nadal, in straight sets. He then lost tae Fernando Verdasco, who he held a 13–0 record against in the third roond 7–5 in the third, efter blowing a 4–0 final set lead. Nadal statit that he wis very unhappy wi the new blue-colored clay an threatened nae tae attend in the future if the surface wis nae changed back tae red clay. Several ither players (such as Novak Djokovic) voiced seemilar criticism.[151]

In the last tournament afore the French Open, Nadal went tae the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. He advanced tae his 7th final efter defeating Florian Mayer, Marcel Granollers, Tomáš Berdych, an David Ferrer aw in straight sets, setting up anither finals showdown wi World number ane Novak Djokovic. Nadal defeatit Djokovic in a tight straight sets encounter. This wis his seicont victory ower Novak Djokovic in 2012 an his third title o the saison, as well as his 6th Rome title overall.

At the 2012 French Open, Nadal dropped anly 30 games against his first five opponents, wioot losin a set. In the semifinal he faced a friend an compatriot in David Ferrer. Unlik thair previous twa encounters in Barcelona an Rome, Nadal showed awmaist no flaws, dismantling Ferrer tae set up anither championship title fecht wi warld No. 1 Novak Djokovic. This merked the first time whaur twa opposing players faced each ither in fower consecutive Grand Slam tournament finals. Thay an aa acame the anly players tae have faced the same opponent in the finals o aw fower Majors. Nadal won the first twa sets afore Djokovic claimed the third. Play wis suspended in the fowert set due tae rain. When the match resumed the follaein day, Nadal won when Djokovic double faultit on match pynt, sealing a record 7th Roland Garros title for Nadal.[152] Throughout the tournament, Nadal lost anly ane set, occurring in the final. By winning his seventh title[153] at Roland Garros, Nadal surpassed Borg's overall titles record[154] tae acome the maist successful tennis player in French Open history.[155] Nadal anly lost a tot o three sets in the 2012 clay court saison.

In his first grass court tournament o the saison at Halle, Nadal advanced tae quarterfinals, whaur he lost tae Philipp Kohlschreiber.[156] At Wimbledon, Nadal beat Thomaz Bellucci in the first roond. He then met Lukáš Rosol in the seicont roond, a player who wis then ranked 100th in the warld an haed never advanced beyond the first qualifying roond in his five previous Wimbledons. In ane o the biggest upsets in Grand Slam history, Rosol defeatit Nadal in five sets. This wis the first time syne the Wimbledon 2005 championships that Nadal haed failed tae progress past the 2nd roond o a Grand Slam tournament.[157]

In Julie 2012, Nadal widrew frae the 2012 Olympics due tae tendinitis in his knee, which subsequently an aa led tae him pulling oot o baith the Rogers Cup an Cincinnati Masters. On 15 August, Nadal announced his widrawal frae the US Open in New York, as he felt he still wis nae healthy enough tae compete.[158][159] On 11 September 2012, Nadal fell tae a warld No. 4 ranking, his lowest syne 2010, as 2012 US Open winner Andy Murray climbed tae No. 3.[160] Nadal ended 2012 ranked No. 4 in the warld, the first time in aicht years that he haes nae been ranked 1st or 2nd at the end o the year.

2013: Eighth French Open, second US Open title, return to No. 1[eedit | eedit soorce]

Twa weeks prior tae the 2013 Australian Open, Nadal offeecially widrew frae the tournament citing a painch virus.[161] Nadal's widrawal subsequently saw him drop oot o the ATP's Tap Four for the first time syne 2005.[162]

Playing in his first tournaments in South Americae syne 2005, Nadal made his comeback at the Latin American Golden Swing, stairtin his 2013 saison at the 2013 VTR Open in Chile,[163] whaur he advanced tae the final wioot dropping a set but wis beaten bi Argentine warld No. 73 journeyman Horacio Zeballos. He an aa lost in the doubles final (wi Juan Mónaco). At the 2013 Brasil Open, at São Paulo, Nadal struggled in the opening rounds, dropping sets tae Berlocq an qualifier Alund. Despite the poor clay surface, which wis the subject o player complaints, he reached the final, whaur he defeatit David Nalbandian.[164] In the title match o the 2013 Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Nadal defeatit warld No. 4 David Ferrer, losin juist twa games in the match.

Nadal then returned tae the American haurd courts efter a year, playing the Indian Wells Masters as the fifth seed. He lost anly ane set, an defeatit warld No. 2 Roger Federer an warld No. 6 Tomáš Berdych in the matches leadin up tae the final. Nadal recovered frae bein ane set doun in the final, tae defeat Juan Martín del Potro. This wis his third Indian Wells Masters title an his first hardcourt title syne October 2010, an made Nadal the player wi the maist Masters 1000s wins.

Efter widrawing frae Miami, Nadal attemptit tae defend his title at the 2013 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, but, despite reachin the final for the ninth consecutive year, he wis beaten bi Djokovic in straight sets. He then won at the 2013 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell ower Almagro, in straight sets. This wis his 8th victory thare, makin him the first man tae win twa different tournaments aicht or mair times each. It wis an aa his fowert title o the saison, an his sixth consecutive final.

Nadal won his 23rd ATP Masters 1000 tournament at the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open, beating Wawrinka, despite previously haein been twa pynts frae defeat in his quarterfinal against David Ferrer. The blue clay that haed troubled him the previous year thare haed been exchanged for the traditional red clay. In Mey, he won his record 24th Masters 1000 title, beating Roger Federer for his 7th championship at the 2013 Rome Masters. It wis his 6th title o the saison an his aicht consecutive final. These victories raised his ranking tae warld No. 4.

Nadal won the 2013 French Open efter beating Djokovic in the semifinal an Ferrer in the final. His match wi Djokovic wis widely considered ane o the greatest clay court matches ever played, as Nadal came back frae doun a break in the fifth set tae tak oot a haurd-focht 4-oor, 37-minute victory. Houiver, acause o the nuances o how rankings are calculatit (includin an improvement in performance bi the then warld No. 5 David Ferrer at the French Open), Nadal's warld ranking dropped frae No. 4 tae No. 5, wi Ferrer replacing him at No. 4.

Nadal then lost his first-roond match at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships in straight sets tae unseeded Belgian Steve Darcis (ranked No. 135), makin it the seicont time in a row he failed tae reach the third roond at Wimbledon an the first ever time Nadal haed lost in the first roond o a Grand Slam. Darcis is the lowest-ranked player ever tae beat Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament.

In August 2013, Nadal won the semifinal match in Montreal, denying Djokovic his fowert Rogers Cup title.[165] Nadal proceeded tae win the title efter beating Milos Raonic in the final in straight sets. This wis Nadal's 25th Masters 1000 title an third title at the Canadian Open.[166] He won his 26th ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati on Sunday 18 August efter beating John Isner in the final.[28] Nadal concluded a brilliant North American haurd court saison wi his 4th haurd court title o the year, defeating Djokovic at the 2013 US Open final in fower sets, bringing his Slam count tae 13 an giein Nadal a male tennis record paycheck o $3.6 million.[167][168]

Later in September, Nadal helped Spain secure thair Davis Cup World Group Playoff spot for 2014, wi a victory against Sergiy Stakhovsky an a doubles win wi Marc Lopez. In October, he reached the final o the China Open, guaranteeing he would acome warld number ane for the third time efter losin it in Julie 2011.[169] In the final, he wis beaten bi Djokovic in straight sets.[170] At the 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters, Nadal reached the semi-finals but wis defeatit bi Del Potro.

In November 2013, Nadal played his final event o the saison in Lunnon at the 2013 ATP Warld Tour Finals whaur he secured the year end Warld Nummer Ane spot. Nadal beat David Ferrer, Stanislas Wawrinka an Tomáš Berdych in the Roond Robin stage tae set up a semi final an victory ower Roger Federer. Nadal met Djokovic in the final, losin in straicht sets.

2014: Ninth French Open title & struggles with form[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal during a press conference at the 2014 Internazionali BNL d'Italia

Rafael Nadal began his 2014 saison at the Qatar Open in Doha, defeating Lukáš Rosol in the first roond[171] an he won the title efter defeatin Gaël Monfils in the final.[172] It wis announced in Februar 2014 that "After compiling one of the greatest comeback seasons on the ATP World Tour in 2013, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is a contender to be nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award."[173]

At the Australian Open, he defeatit Roger Federer tae reach his third Australian Open final, improving his career record against Federer tae 23–10. This merked Nadal's 11th consecutive victory in a Major semifinal (seicont anly tae Borg's aw-time record o 14), an advanced him tae his 19t Major final, tyin him wi Lendl for seicont aw-time behind Federer's 24. It an aa merked Nadal's sixth consecutive victory ower Federer in a Major. In the final, he faced Stanislas Wawrinka, against whom he entered the match wi a 12-0 record, haein won aw o thair previous 26 sets. Efter losin the first set, Nadal suffered a back injury doun 2-0 in the seicont set, an awtho he won a set, he lost the match in fower sets. The first tournament he played efter that wis the inaugural Rio Open which he won efter defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov in the final extending his record o ATP 500 titles tae 15. Houiver, at the Indian Wells Masters, Dolgopolov would avenge his loss, defeating Nadal in three sets in the third roond. He reached the final o the Miami Masters afore falling tae Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

Nadal began his clay court saison wi a quarterfinal loss tae David Ferrer in the Monte-Carlo Masters. He wis stunned bi Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals o the Barcelona Open. Nadal won the Madrid Open efter Kei Nishikori retired in the third set.[30] On 8 Juin 2014, Nadal defeatit Novak Djokovic in the Men's Singles French Open final tae win his 9th French Open title an a 5t straicht win at Roland Garros. Nadal dropped the first set but came back in the game tae win the next three sets tae lift the trophy. Nadal equaled Pete Sampras' tot o 14 Grand Slam wins, the seicont heichest number o single Grand Slam titles efter Roger Federer.[174] Nadal lost in the seicont roond o the Halle Open tae Dustin Brown the follaein week.[175]

Nadal then entered the Wimbledon Championships in a bid tae win the tournament for the third time an tae win his 15th Grand Slam title overall. In the first three rounds he faced Martin Kližan, Lukáš Rosol (tae whom he suffered a shock defeat at the same stage o the tournament twa years earlier) an Mikhail Kukushkin. In each o these matches he lost the first set afore takin command an winnin them in fower sets. In the fowert roond he faced Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios (ranked 143 places lawer than Nadal) an again lost the first set, but despite winning the seicont set, he wis unable tae turn the tide an eventually lost in fower sets.[176]

Nadal widrew frae the American swing due tae a wrist injury. He made his return at the 2014 China Open. He wis defeatit bi Martin Klizan in three sets. At the 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters, he suffered frae appendicitis, therefore he eventually went doun bi Feliciano Lopez in straight sets. Later, he wis upset bi Borna Coric at the quarterfinals o the 2014 Swiss Indoors. Efter the loss, he announced that he will skip the rest o the saison.

2015: King of Clay Dethroned[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal began the year as the defending Champion at Qatar, but suffered a shocking three set defeat tae Michael Berrer in roond ane o the Qatar Open.[177] He won the doubles title wi Juan Monaco. At the Australian Open, Nadal beat Mikhail Youzhny in the first roond in straight sets, afore prevailing in a tough five-setter against American Tim Smyczek in the seicont roond, despite bein visibly unwell at times during the game. He then beat Dudi Sela an Kevin Anderson in straight sets tae advance tae his 28t career quarterfinal. Nadal lost in straight sets tae Tomáš Berdych in the quarterfinal, thus ending a 17-match winning streak against the seventh-seeded Czech.[178]

Nadal lost in the semifinal tae Fabio Fognini at the Rio Open, afore going on tae win his 46th career clay-court title against Juan Monaco at the Argentina Open.[179] In Mey, Nadal lost in the quarterfinals o the Rome Masters tae Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.

On Juin 3rd, his 29th birthday, Nadal lost tae Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals o the French Open, ending his winning streak o 39 consecutive victories in Paris syne his defeat bi Robin Söderling in 2009. Efter the tournament, Nadal will drop tae number 10 in the ATP-rankings, his lowest ranking in ower a decade.

Rivalries[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal vs. Federer[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal an Federer during the 2006 Wimbledon Championships final

Federer an Nadal hae been playing each ither syne 2004, an thair rivalry is a significant pairt o baith men's careers.[65][180][181] Thay held the tap twa rankings on the ATP Tour frae Julie 2005 until 14 August 2009, when Nadal fell tae warld No. 3 (Andy Murray acame the new No. 2).[182] Thay are the anly pair o men tae have ever finished fower consecutive calendar years at the tap.[183][184] Nadal ascended tae No. 2 in Julie 2005 an held this spot for a record 160 consecutive weeks afore surpassing Federer in August 2008.[185]

Thay have played 33 times, an Nadal leads thair heid-tae-heid series 23–10 overall an 9–2 in Grand Slam tournaments. Fifteen o thair matches have been on clay, which is statistically Nadal's best surface.[186] Federer haes a winning record on grass (2–1) an indoor haurd courts (4–1) while Nadal leads the outdoor haurd courts bi 8–2 an clay bi 13–2.[187]

As tournament seedings are based on rankings, 20 o thair matches have been in tournament finals, includin an aw-time record 8 Grand Slam tournament finals.[188] Frae 2006 tae 2008, thay played in every French Open an Wimbledon final, an an aa met in the title match o the 2009 Australian Open an the 2011 French Open.[188] Nadal won sax o the aicht, losin the first twa Wimbledon finals. Three o these matches war five set-matches (2007 an 2008 Wimbledon, 2009 Australian Open), an the 2008 Wimbledon final haes been lauded as the greatest match ever bi mony lang-time tennis analysts.[66][189][190][191]

Nadal vs. Djokovic[eedit | eedit soorce]

Novak Djokovic an Nadal have met 43 times (mair nor ony ither players in the Open Era) wi Nadal haein a 23–20 advantage.[165][192][193] Nadal leads on grass 2–1 an clay 14–5, but Djokovic leads on haurd courts 14–7.[165][193] In 2009, this rivalry wis listit as the third greatest o the previous 10 years bi ATPwarldtour.com.[194] Djokovic is ane o anly twa players tae have at least ten match wins against Nadal (the ither bein Federer) an the anly person tae defeat Nadal seiven consecutive times an twa times consecutively on clay. The twa earlier shared the record for the langest match played in a best o three sets (4 oors an 3 minutes) at the 2009 Mutua Madrid Open semifinals until the match atween Roger Federer an Juan Martín del Potro in the London 2012 Olympics Semifinal, which is the langest best-of-three-set match bi time (at 4 oors an 26 minutes).[195][196] Thay have an aa played in a record 12 Masters Series finals.

In the 2011 Wimbledon final, Djokovic won in fower sets for his first Slam final ower Nadal.[197] Djokovic an aa defeatit Nadal in the 2011 US Open Final. In 2012, Djokovic defeatit Nadal in the Australian Open final for a third consecutive Slam final win ower Nadal. This wis the langest Grand Slam tournament final in Open era history at 5 hrs, 53 mins.[198] Nadal won thair last three 2012 meetings in the final o Monte Carlo Masters, Rome Masters an French Open in Aprile, in Mey an in Juin 2012, respectively.[199] In 2013, Djokovic defeatit Nadal in straight sets in the final at Monte Carlo, ending Nadal's record aicht consecutive titles thare, but Nadal got revenge at the French Open in an epic five-setter 9–7 in the fifth. In August 2013, Nadal won in Montreal, denying Djokovic his fowert Rogers Cup title.[165] Nadal an aa defeatit Djokovic in the 2013 US Open Final. In thair third clash o 2014 Nadal defeatit Djokovic in the 2014 French Open final.

Nadal vs. Murray[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal an Murray in Tokyo

Nadal an Andy Murray have met on 21 occasions syne 2007, wi Nadal leadin 15–6. Nadal leads 6–1 on clay, 3–0 on grass an 6–5 on haurd courts (includin 5–3 in outdoor courts, but Murray leads 2–1 on indoor haurd courts). The pair ance met regularly at Grand Slam level, wi aicht oot o thair twenty-ane meetings coming in slams, wi Nadal leadin 6–2 (3–0 at Wimbledon, 1–0 at the French Open, 1–1 at the Australian Open & 1–1 at the US Open).[200] Seiven o these aicht appearances have been at quarterfinal an semifinal level, makin the rivalry an important pairt o baith men's careers. Thay have never met in a Slam final, houiver, Murray leads 3–1 in ATP finals, wi Nadal winning at Indian Wells in 2009[201] an Murray winnin in Rotterdam the same year,[202] Tokyo[203] in 2011, an Madrid in 2015.

Murray lost three consecutive Grand Slam semifinals tae Nadal in 2011 frae the French Open tae the US Open. Remarkably, o the past 19 Grand Slam drawsheets, thay have been drawn in the same half 16 times. The pair did nae meet in 2012, haein been scheduled tae meet in the semifinal o the Miami Masters afore Nadal widrew wi injury.[204]

Playing style[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal's forehand

Nadal generally plays an aggressive, behind-the-baseline game foondit on hivy topspin groundstrokes, consistency, speedy footwork an tenacious coort coverage, thus makin him an aggressive counterpuncher.[205] Kent for his athleticism an speed aroond the court, Nadal is an excellent defender[206] who hits well on the run, biggin winning plays frae seemingly defensive positions. He an aa plays very fine dropshots, which wirk especially well acause his hivy topspin eften forces opponents tae the back o the court.[207]

Nadal playing on clay

Nadal employs a semi-wastren grip forehand, eften wi a "lasso-whip" follae throu, whaur his left arm hits throu the baw andfinishes abuin his left shoulder – as opposed tae a mair traditional finish athort the body or aroond his opposite shoulder.[208][209] Nadal's forehand groundstroke form allows him tae hit shots wi hivy topspin – mair sae than mony o his contemporaries.[210]

San Francisco tennis researcher John Yandell uised a heich-speed video camera an special software tae count the average number o revolutions o a tennis ball hit full force bi Nadal. While Nadal's shots tend tae land short o the baseline, the characteristically heich bounces his forehands achieve tend tae mitigate the advantage an opponent would normally gain frae capitalizing on a short ball.[211] Awtho his forehand is based on hivy topspin, he can hit the ball deep an flat wi a mair orthodox follae throu for clean winners.


Nadal's serve wis initially considered a weak pynt in his game, awtho his improvements in baith first-serve pynts won an break pynts saved syne 2005 have allowed him tae consistently compete for an win major titles on faster surfaces. Nadal relies on the consistency o his serve tae gain a strategic advantage in pynts, rather than going for service winners.[212] Houiver, afore the 2010 US Open, he altered his service motion, arriving in the trophy pose earlier an pullin the racket lawer during the trophy pose. Afore the 2010 U.S. Open, Nadal modified his service grip tae a mair continental ane. These twa changes in his serve increased his average speed bi aroond 10 mph during the 2010 US Open, maxing oot at 135 mph (217 km), allowing him tae win mair free pynts on his serve.[213] Houiver, syne the 2010 US Open, Nadal's serve speed haes dropped back doun tae previous levels an haes again been citit as a need for improvement.[214][215][216]

Nadal is a clay court specialeet in the sense that he haes been extremely successful on that surface. Syne 2005, he won nine times at Roland Garros, aicht times at Monte Carlo an seiven at Rome. Houiver, Nadal haes shed that label due tae his success on ither surfaces, includin holding simultaneous Grand Slam tournament titles on grass, haurd courts, an clay on twa separate occasions, winning aicht Masters series titles on hardcourt, an winning the Olympic gowd medal on hardcourt.[205][217]

Despite praise for Nadal's talent an skill, some have questioned his longevity in the sport, citing his big an playing style as conducive tae injury.[218] Nadal himself haes admittit tae the physical toll haurd courts place on ATP Tour players, calling for a reevaluatit tour schedule featurin fewer haurd court tournaments.[219]

Public image[eedit | eedit soorce]

Equipment and endorsements[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nike sleeveless shirt wi matching headband & wrist bands and Babolat AeroPro Drive GT at Roland Garros 2007

Nadal haes been sponsored bi Kia Motors syne 2006. He haes appeared in advertising campaigns for Kia as a global ambassador for the company. In Mey 2008, Kia released a claymation viral ad featurin Nadal in a tennis match wi an alien.[220] In Mey 2015, Nadal extended his partnership wi Kia for anither five years.[221]

Nike serves as Nadal's clothing an shoe sponsor. Nadal's signature on-court attire entailed a variety o sleeveless shirts paired wi 3/4 lenth capri pants.[222] For the 2009 saison, Nadal adoptit mair-traditional on-court apparel. Nike encouraged Nadal tae update his leuk in order tae reflect his new status as the sport's tap player at that time[223] an associate Nadal wi a style that, while less distinctive than his "pirate" leuk, would be mair widely emulatit bi consumers.[224][225] At warmup tournaments in Abu Dhabi an Doha, Nadal played matches in a polo shirt specifically designed for him bi Nike,[226] paired wi shorts cut abuin the knee. Nadal's new, mair conventional style carried ower tae the 2009 Australian Open, whaur he wis outfittit wi Nike's Bold Crew Men's Tee[227] an Nadal Lang Check Shorts.[228][229][230] Nadal wears Nike's Air CourtBallistec 2.3 tennis shoes,[231] bearing various customizations throughout the saison, includin his nickname "Rafa" on the right shoe an a stylized bull logo on the left.

He acame the face o Lanvin's L'Homme Sport cologne in Aprile 2009.[232] Nadal uses an AeroPro Drive racquet wi a 414-inch L2 grip. As of the 2010 season, Nadal's racquets are paintit tae resemble the new Babolat AeroPro Drive wi Cortex GT racquet in order tae mercat a current model which Babolat sells.[233][234] Nadal uses no replacement grip, an instead wraps twa overgrips aroond the handle. He uised Duralast 15L strings until the 2010 saison, when he switched tae Babolat's new, black-colored, RPM Blast string. Nadal's rackets are always strung at 55 lb (25 kg), regairdless o which surface or conditions he is playing on.[citation needit]

As o 2010, Nadal is the international ambassador for Quely, a company frae his native Mallorca that manufactures biscuits, bakery an chocolate coatit products; he haes consumed thair products ever syne he wis a young child.[235]

In 2010, luxury watchmaker Richard Mille announced that he haed developed an ultra-licht wristwatch in collaboration wi Nadal cried the Richard Mille RM027 Tourbillon watch.[236] The watch is made o titanium an lithium an is valued at US$525,000; Nadal wis involved in the design an testin o the watch on the tennis court.[236] During the 2010 French Open, Men's Fitness reportit that Nadal wore the Richard Mille watch on the court as pairt o a sponsorship deal wi the Swiss watchmaker.[237]

Nadal replaced Cristiano Ronaldo as the new face o Emporio Armani Underwear an Armani Jeans for the spring/summer 2011 collection.[238] This wis the first time that the label haes chosen a tennis player for the job; association football haes ruled lately prior tae Ronaldo, David Beckham graced the ads syne 2008.[239] Armani said that he selectit Nadal as his latest male unnerwear model acause "...he is ideal as he represents a healthy and positive model for youngsters."[238]

In Juin 2012, Nadal joined the group o sports endorsers o the PokerStars online poker cardroom.[240] In December 2013, Nadal won a charity poker tournament against retired Brazilian football player Ronaldo an fower ither competitors.[241]

In popular culture[eedit | eedit soorce]

In Februar 2010, Rafael Nadal wis featured in the muisic video o Shakira's "Gypsy".[242][243] an pairt o her album release She Wolf. In explaining why she chose Nadal for the video, Shakira wis quotit as saying in an interview wi the Latin American Herald Tribune: "I thought that maybe I needed someone I could in some way identify with. And Rafael Nadal is a person who has been totally committed to his career since he was very young. Since he was 17, I believe."[244][245]

Asteroid[eedit | eedit soorce]

128036 Rafaelnadal is a main belt asteroid discovered in 2003 at the Observatorio Astronómico de Mallorca an named efter Nadal.[246]

Off the court[eedit | eedit soorce]

Involvement in football[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal is an avid fan o association football club Real Madrid. On 8 Julie 2010, it wis reportit that he haed acome a shareholder o RCD Mallorca, his local club bi birth, in an attempt tae assist the club frae debt.[247] Nadal reportedly ains 10 percent an wis offered the role o vice preses, but he rejectit that offer.[248] His uncle Miguel Ángel Nadal, acame assistant coach unner Michael Laudrup. Nadal remains a passionate Real Madrid supporter; ESPN.com writer Graham Hunter wrote, "He's as Merengue as [Real Madrid icons] Raúl, Iker Casillas and Alfredo Di Stéfano."

Shortly efter acquiring his interest in Mallorca, Nadal cried oot UEFA for apparent hypocrisy in ejecting the club frae the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League for excessive debts, saying throu a club spokesperson, "Well, if those are the criteria upon which UEFA is operating, then European competition will only comprise two or three clubs because all the rest are in debt, too."[249]

He is a fervent supporter o the Spanish national team, ane o anly sax people nae affiliatit wi the team or the national federation allowed intae the team's locker room immediately follaein Spain's victory in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final.[249]

Philanthropy[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal teuk pairt in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour o Keeng Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit tae Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010. "For me it's an honour to part of this project", said Nadal. "It's a very good project. I want to congratulate the Thai people and congratulate the King for this unbelievable day. I wish all the best for this idea. It's very, very nice."[250]

Fundación Rafa Nadal[eedit | eedit soorce]

The creation o the Fundación Rafa Nadal teuk place in November 2007, an its offeecial presentation wis in Februar 2008, at the Manacor Tennis Club in Mallorca, Spain. The foundation will focus on social wirk an development aid parteecularly on childhood an youth.[251] On deciding why tae stairt a foundation, Nadal said "This can be the beginning of my future, when I retire and have more time, [...] I am doing very well and I owe society, [...] A month-and-a-half ago I was in Chennai, in India. The truth is we live great here....I can contribute something with my image..." Nadal wis inspired bi the Red Cross benefit match against malaria wi Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, recalling, "We raised an amount of money that we would never have imagined. I have to thank Iker, my project partner, who went all out for it, [...] That is why the time has come to set up my own foundation and determine the destination of the money."

Nadal's mither, Ana Maria Parera, chairs the charitable organization an faither Sebastian is vice-chairman. Coach an uncle Toni Nadal an his agent, umwhile tennis player Carlos Costa, are an aa involved. Roger Federer haes gien Nadal advice on getting involved in philanthropy. Despite the fact that poverty in Indie struck him parteecularly haurd, Nadal wants tae stairt bi helping "people close by, in the Balearic Islands, in Spain, and then, if possible, abroad."[252]

On 16 October 2010, Nadal traveled tae Indie for the first time tae visit his tennis academy for unnerprivileged children at Anantapur Sports Village, in the Anantapur City, Andhra Pradesh. His foundation haes an aa worked in the Anantapur Educational Center project, in collaboration wi the Vicente Ferrer Foundation.[253][254]

Personal life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nadal lived wi his parents an younger sister Maria Isabel in a five-story apartment biggin in thair hometown o Manacor, Mallorca. In Juin 2009, Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, an then The New York Times, reportit that his parents, Ana Maria an Sebastian, haed separated. This news came efter weeks o speculation in Internet posts an message boards ower Nadal's personal issues as the cause o his setback.[255]

Nadal haes revealed himself tae be agnostic.[256] As a young boy, he would run home frae schuil tae watch Goku in his favorite Japanese anime, Dragon Ball. CNN released an article aboot Nadal's childhood inspiration, an cried him "the Dragon Ball of tennis" due tae his unorthodox style "from another planet."[257]

In addition tae tennis an football, Nadal enjoys golf an an aa poker.[258] In Aprile 2014 he played the warld's number 1 female poker player, Vanessa Selbst, in a poker game in Monaco.[259] Nadal's autobiography, Rafa (Hyperion, 2012, ISBN 1401310923), written wi assistance frae John Carlin, wis published in August 2011.[260]

Notes[eedit | eedit soorce]

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