General Rafael
Nadal Parera
Male
Spain
1986-06-03
Manacor, Mallorca, Spain


About

Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player from Mallorca currently ranked world No. 1 in men's singles tennis by the ATP.

His success on clay has earned him the nickname "The King of Clay" and has led many sports journalists and commentators, as well as former and current players, to regard him as the finest clay court player in history.
Furthermore, his evolution into an all-court threat has established him as one of the best ever all-rounders in tennis, with some – including former world No. 1 and singles Career Golden Slam winner Andre Agassi – considering Nadal to be the greatest player of all time.

Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, 2016 Olympic gold medal in doubles, and an all-time record of 35 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, and 20 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments. Nadal has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 200 weeks., including being the year-end No. 1 five times. In majors, Nadal has won 12 French Open titles, 4 US Open titles, 2 Wimbledon titles, and one Australian Open title. He was also a member of the winning Spain Davis Cup team in 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2019. In 2010, he became the seventh player in history and youngest of four in the Open Era to achieve the Career Grand Slam. He is the second male player, after Andre Agassi, to complete the singles Career Golden Slam.

Nadal and Mats Wilander are the only two players in history who have won at least two Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces—hard court, grass, and clay. By winning the 2019 French Open, Nadal became the only player -male or female - to win a single Grand Slam tournament twelve times and the first to win at least one Grand Slam tournament for ten consecutive years (2005-2014), breaking the record of eight consecutive years previously shared by Björn Borg, Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer. His victory at the 2014 French Open brought him level with Sampras at 14 Grand Slam singles titles, second only to Federer's record of 17 that time. He broke the tie with Sampras by winning 2017 French Open, then later that year he added the US Open trophy to his collection as well as the 2018 and 2019 Roland Garros and US Open and now he stands on the second on the all-time rank list with 19 singles Grand Slam titles 1 behind Federer (20).

Nadal is the only male player in tennis history to win one Grand Slam and at least one Masters 1000 title for ten consecutive years from 2005–2014. He beat Guillermo Vilas's Open Era record of 49 clay-court titles by winning the Monte-Carlo Masters in 2017. Nadal became the only man to win the same tournament 10 times by winning the Monte-Carlo Masters in 2017. He repeated this historic achievement by winning the Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell for a 10th time just a few weeks later. By winning the 2017 French Open, Nadal became the only male and second overall to win a single Grand Slam tournament 10 times after Margaret Court. By winning his 11th Monte Carlo Masters title in 2018, he became the first and only male player in the Open Era to win a single tournament 11 times. Soon after, he would replicate the feat in winning his 11th Barcelona title and 11th Roland Garros crown, which means he owns records for most titles at the ATP 500 and Masters 1000. He also owns the longest single-surface winning streak in the Open Era, having won 81 consecutive matches on clay from April 2005 to May 2007. As well as Nadal broke John McEnroe's 34-year-old record for consecutive set wins on a single surface by winning 50 sets on clay: his streak started at Roland Garros first round of 2017 and ended at Madrid Masters quarterfinal in 2018.

At the Rome Masters'18, Nadal captured his 8th title in the Italian capital as well as his 78th career title, thus overtaking John McEnroe in the fourth place on the list of most titles won in the Open Era. It was Nadal's 32nd Masters title - most of any player in the Open Era. With his victory in Rome, Nadal also regained the No. 1 spot from Federer. Also In the semifinals, he faced his arch-rival Novak Djokovic for the record 51st time, beating him in two sets after a tight first set tiebreak.

By winning the French Open in 2018, Nadal tied Margaret Court‘s record for singles titles at a Grand Slam event (Court won 11 Australian Opens, but seven came when it was the Australian Championships, an amateur event.). It was Nadal's 17th Grand Slam title. En route to the title, Nadal dropped only one set, beating Dominic Thiem in the final in three sets. Nadal became just the fourth man in the Open Era to win three or more major titles after turning 30. It is an exclusive club that also includes Federer, Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall.

He was seeded second at the 2019 Australian Open, and recorded straight-sets wins against James Duckworth, Matthew Ebden, Alex de Minaur, Tomáš Berdych, first-time quarterfinalist Frances Tiafoe and first-time semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach his fifth Australian Open final. This was the first time that Nadal had advanced to an Australian Open final without losing a set; he had also lost only two service games during this run, both in his first-round match against Duckworth. Nadal lost the final in straight sets to Novak Djokovic, winning only eight games for the match, and marking Nadal's first straight-sets loss in a Grand Slam final.
He finally won his first tournament of the year'19 in Rome, with a three set win over Djokovic in the final. By beating the reigning No.1, Nadal broke the tie with Boris Becker and now he holds the all-time record by defeating the world No.1 20 times! At the 2019 French Open, Nadal defeated Yannick Hanfmann, Yannick Maden, David Goffin, Juan Ignacio Londero, Kei Nishikori and Roger Federer (their first meeting at the tournament since 2011), dropping only one set along the way, to set up his twelfth French Open final. In a rematch of the previous year's final against Thiem, Nadal prevailed in four sets to claim his record-extending 12th French Open title. He now has broken the previous all-time record set by Margaret Court at the of most championships by singles player, man or woman, at a Grand Slam tournament. She had won 11 singles championships at the Australian Open.

Nadal next played at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships and reached the semifinals again where he faced Federer for the first time at Wimbledon since the 2008 Wimbledon final, a match regarded by some as the greatest match in the history of tennis. Nadal then lost the semifinal to Federer in four sets.

At the Rogers Cup, Nadal was the defending champion and top seed. By defeating Fabio Fognini in the quarterfinals, he took over the record for the highest number of Masters 1000 match wins of any active player, surpassing Roger Federer's previous record of 378 victories. In the semifinal, he received a walkover over Gaël Monfils, and in the final, he yielded just three games to Daniil Medvedev, winning in straight sets. This successful title defense was the first he had ever achieved on a surface other than clay. For the second year in a row, Nadal withdrew from Cincinnati Masters afterwards to focus on his US Open preparations. At the 2019 US Open, Nadal lost only one set (against Marin Čilić) en route to the final, which he won against Daniil Medvedev in five sets; in doing so, Nadal claimed his fourth US Open title and 19th Grand Slam title (placing him only one behind Roger Federer in overall standings), won his first five-set Grand Slam final since the 2009 Australian Open final and completed his second-best season in terms of Grand Slam singles results.


Rafael Nadal was born in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain.
His father Sebastián Nadal, a businessman who owns an insurance company, a glass and window company, Vidres Mallorca and manages his own restaurant, Sa Punta.
His mother is Ana María Parera, a housewife. He has a younger sister named María Isabel. His uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal, is a retired professional footballer, who played for RCD Mallorca, FC Barcelona, and the Spanish national team. Nadal supports football clubs Real Madrid and RCD Mallorca. Recognizing that Nadal had a natural talent for tennis, another uncle, Toni Nadal, a former professional tennis player, introduced him to tennis when he was three years old.

At age eight, Nadal won an under-12 regional tennis championship at a time when he was also a promising football player. This made Toni Nadal intensify training, and at that time he encouraged Nadal to play left-handed for a natural advantage on the tennis court, as he noticed Nadal played forehand shots with two hands. This may be due to the fact he is ambidextrous, playing tennis with his left hand, and writing with his right.

When Nadal was 12, he won the Spanish and European tennis titles in his age group and was playing tennis and football all the time. Nadal's father made him choose between football and tennis so that his school work would not deteriorate entirely. Nadal said: "I chose tennis. Football had to stop straight away."

When he was 14, the Spanish tennis federation requested that he leave Mallorca and move to Barcelona to continue his tennis training. Nadal's family turned down this request, partly because they feared it would hurt his education, but also because 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."
The decision to stay home meant that Nadal received less financial support from the federation; instead, Nadal's father covered the costs. In May 2001, he defeated former Grand Slam tournament champion Pat Cash in a clay-court exhibition match.

Nadal turned professional at the age of 15, and participated in two events on the ITF junior circuit. In 2002, at the age of 16, Nadal reached the semifinals of the Boy's Singles tournament at Wimbledon, in his first ITF junior event.

By the age of 17, he beat Roger Federer the first time they played and became the youngest man to reach the third round at Wimbledon since Boris Becker. At 18, he helped pace Spain over the US in the junior Davis Cup in his second, and final, appearance on the ITF junior circuit. At 19, Nadal won the French Open the first time he played it, a feat not accomplished in Paris for more than 20 years. He eventually won it the first four times he played at Roland Garros. In 2003, he had won the ATP Newcomer of the Year Award. Early in his career, Nadal became known for his habit of biting the trophies he won.



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Archive statistics 2004 - 2022
76
838
699


Tournament wins 2022 - Abierto Mexicano (ATP World Tour 250 series)
2022 - Australian Open (Grandslam)
2022 - Melbourne Summer Set (ATP World Tour 250 series)
2021 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
2021 - Italian International Championships ()
2020 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
2020 - Abierto Mexicano (ATP World Tour 250 series)
2019 - Canadian International Championships ()
2019 - US Open (Grandslam)
2019 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
2019 - Italian International Championships ()
2018 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
2018 - Canadian International Championships ()
2018 - Italian International Championships ()
2018 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
2018 - Monte Carlo (Grand Prix Circuit)
2017 - China Open ()
2017 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
2017 - Madrid Open (ATP)
2017 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
2017 - Monte Carlo (Grand Prix Circuit)
2017 - US Open (Grandslam)
2016 - Monte Carlo (Grand Prix Circuit)
2016 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
2015 - German International Championships ()
2015 - Stuttgart (ATP World Tour 250 series)
2015 - Copa Claro (ATP World Tour 250 series)
2014 - Madrid Open (ATP)
2014 - Rio de Janeiro Open (ATP)
2014 - Qatar Open (ATP World Tour 250 series)
2014 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
2013 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
2013 - Brasil Open (ATP)
2013 - Abierto Mexicano (ATP World Tour 250 series)
2013 - Indian Wells ()
2013 - Cincinnati (ATP)
2013 - Madrid Open (ATP)
2013 - Italian International Championships ()
2013 - Canadian International Championships ()
2013 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
2013 - US Open (Grandslam)
2012 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
2012 - Italian International Championships ()
2012 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
2012 - Monte Carlo (Grand Prix Circuit)
2011 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
2011 - Monte Carlo (Grand Prix Circuit)
2011 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
2010 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
2010 - Japan Open (Open)
2010 - US Open (Grandslam)
2010 - Wimbledon (Grandslam)
2010 - Monte Carlo (Grand Prix Circuit)
2009 - Indian Wells ()
2009 - Monte Carlo (Grand Prix Circuit)
2009 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
2009 - Australian Open (Grandslam)
2008 - Wimbledon (Grandslam)
2008 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
2008 - Monte Carlo (Grand Prix Circuit)
2008 - Olympics, Olympic Games (Olympic Games)
2008 - Canadian International Championships ()
2008 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
2007 - Indian Wells ()
2007 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
2007 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
2007 - Monte Carlo (Grand Prix Circuit)
2006 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
2006 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)
2006 - Monte Carlo (Grand Prix Circuit)
2005 - Italian International Championships ()
2005 - Canadian International Championships ()
2005 - Conde de Godo (ATP)
2005 - Abierto Mexicano (ATP World Tour 250 series)
2005 - Monte Carlo (Grand Prix Circuit)
2005 - Roland Garros (Grandslam)


Tournaments Australian Open - 2022 Italian International Championships - 2022 Abierto Mexicano - 2022 Indian Wells - 2022 Madrid Open - 2022 Melbourne Summer Set - 2022 Australian Open - 2021 Monte Carlo - 2021 Roland Garros - 2021 Italian International Championships - 2021 Conde de Godo - 2021 Madrid Open - 2021 Washington Open - 2021 Australian Open - 2020 Roland Garros - 2020 Italian International Championships - 2020 Paris Masters - 2020 ATP World Tour Finals - 2020 Abierto Mexicano - 2020 Australian Open - 2019 Wimbledon - 2019 Monte Carlo - 2019 Roland Garros - 2019 US Open - 2019 Canadian International Championships - 2019 Italian International Championships - 2019 Conde de Godo - 2019 Paris Masters - 2019 ATP World Tour Finals - 2019 Abierto Mexicano - 2019 Indian Wells - 2019 Madrid Open - 2019 Australian Open - 2018 Wimbledon - 2018 Monte Carlo - 2018 Roland Garros - 2018 US Open - 2018 Canadian International Championships - 2018 Italian International Championships - 2018 Conde de Godo - 2018 Madrid Open - 2018 Australian Open - 2017 Wimbledon - 2017 Monte Carlo - 2017 Roland Garros - 2017 US Open - 2017 Canadian International Championships - 2017 Cincinnati - 2017 Italian International Championships - 2017 Conde de Godo - 2017 China Open - 2017 Shanghai - 2017 Paris Masters - 2017 ATP World Tour Finals - 2017 Brisbane International - 2017 Abierto Mexicano - 2017 Indian Wells - 2017 Miami Open - 2017 Madrid Open - 2017 Australian Open - 2016 Monte Carlo - 2016 Roland Garros - 2016 US Open - 2016 Olympics, Olympic Games - 2016 Cincinnati - 2016 Italian International Championships - 2016 Conde de Godo - 2016 China Open - 2016 Shanghai - 2016 Qatar Open - 2016 Copa Claro - 2016 Indian Wells - 2016 Miami Open - 2016 Madrid Open - 2016 Rio de Janeiro Open - 2016 Australian Open - 2015 Wimbledon - 2015 Monte Carlo - 2015 Roland Garros - 2015 US Open - 2015 Canadian International Championships - 2015 Cincinnati - 2015 Queens Club Tournament - 2015 Italian International Championships - 2015 German International Championships - 2015 Conde de Godo - 2015 China Open - 2015 Shanghai - 2015 Swiss International Covered Courts - 2015 Paris Masters - 2015 ATP World Tour Finals - 2015 Qatar Open - 2015 Copa Claro - 2015 Indian Wells - 2015 Miami Open - 2015 Madrid Open - 2015 Stuttgart - 2015 Rio de Janeiro Open - 2015 Australian Open - 2014 Wimbledon - 2014 Monte Carlo - 2014 Roland Garros - 2014 Italian International Championships - 2014 Conde de Godo - 2014 China Open - 2014 Shanghai - 2014 Swiss International Covered Courts - 2014 Qatar Open - 2014 Indian Wells - 2014 Miami Open - 2014 Madrid Open - 2014 Halle - 2014 Rio de Janeiro Open - 2014 Wimbledon - 2013 Monte Carlo - 2013 Roland Garros - 2013 US Open - 2013 Canadian International Championships - 2013 Cincinnati - 2013 Italian International Championships - 2013 Conde de Godo - 2013 China Open - 2013 Shanghai - 2013 Paris Masters - 2013 ATP World Tour Finals - 2013 Chili Open - 2013 Brasil Open - 2013 Abierto Mexicano - 2013 Indian Wells - 2013 Madrid Open - 2013 Australian Open - 2012 Wimbledon - 2012 Monte Carlo - 2012 Roland Garros - 2012 Italian International Championships - 2012 Conde de Godo - 2012 Qatar Open - 2012 Indian Wells - 2012 Miami Open - 2012 Madrid Open - 2012 Halle - 2012 Australian Open - 2011 Wimbledon - 2011 Monte Carlo - 2011 Roland Garros - 2011 US Open - 2011 Canadian International Championships - 2011 Cincinnati - 2011 Queens Club Tournament - 2011 Italian International Championships - 2011 Conde de Godo - 2011 Japan Open - 2011 Shanghai - 2011 ATP World Tour Finals - 2011 Qatar Open - 2011 Indian Wells - 2011 Miami Open - 2011 Madrid Open - 2011 Australian Open - 2010 Wimbledon - 2010 Monte Carlo - 2010 Roland Garros - 2010 US Open - 2010 Canadian International Championships - 2010 Queens Club Tournament - 2010 Thailand Open - 2010 Japan Open - 2010 Shanghai - 2010 ATP World Tour Finals - 2010 Australian Open - 2009 Monte Carlo - 2009 Roland Garros - 2009 US Open - 2009 Canadian International Championships - 2009 Conde de Godo - 2009 ATP World Tour Finals - 2009 Indian Wells - 2009 Australian Open - 2008 Wimbledon - 2008 Monte Carlo - 2008 Roland Garros - 2008 US Open - 2008 Canadian International Championships - 2008 Olympics, Olympic Games - 2008 Conde de Godo - 2008 Australian Open - 2007 Wimbledon - 2007 Monte Carlo - 2007 Roland Garros - 2007 US Open - 2007 Canadian International Championships - 2007 Conde de Godo - 2007 Paris Masters - 2007 Indian Wells - 2007 Masters cup - 2007 Wimbledon - 2006 Monte Carlo - 2006 Roland Garros - 2006 US Open - 2006 Conde de Godo - 2006 Masters cup - 2006 Australian Open - 2005 Monte Carlo - 2005 Roland Garros - 2005 Canadian International Championships - 2005 Italian International Championships - 2005 Conde de Godo - 2005 Abierto Mexicano - 2005 Miami Open - 2005 Auckland - 2004

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