Rafael Nadal

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Rafael Nadal in 2013

Rafael Nadal Parera (born 3 June 1986 in Manacor, Majorca, Spain) is a Spanish professional tennis player who has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles; nine at the French Open, two at Wimbledon and the US Open and one at the Australian Open. He is ranked number one in the world as of 2014. He plays very well on clay courts, and many people regard Nadal as the greatest clay-court tennis player in history. He plays tennis with his left hand.

Nadal has also won a record 21 ATP Masters Series titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles. He is a part of the Spain Davis Cup team and has won the cup four times, in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011.

Nadal is best known simply as Rafa and is famous for his rivalries against Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

Nadal is agnostic.[1]

Grand Slam record[change | change source]

This table shows Nadal's performance in each Grand Slam tournament in singles.

Sherry barrel signed by Rafa
Year Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
2003 Did not enter Injured[2] Round 3 Round 2
2004 Round 3 Injured[3] Injured[3] Round 2
2005 Round 4 Winner Round 2 Round 3
2006 Injured[4] Winner Final Quarter-final
2007 Quarter-final Winner Final Round 4
2008 Semi-final Winner Winner Semi-final
2009 Winner Round 4 Injured[5] Semi-final
2010 Quarter-final Winner Winner Winner
2011 Quarter-final Winner Final Final
2012 Final Winner Round 2 Injured
2013 Absent Winner Round 1 Winner
2014 Final Winner Round 4

References[change | change source]

  1. Q&A
  2. Nadal missed the 2003 French Open due to a right elbow injury.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nadal missed the French Open and Wimbledon in 2004 due to a fracture in his left ankle.
  4. Nadal missed the 2006 Australian Open due to a foot injury.
  5. Nadal missed the 2009 Wimbledon Championships due to tendinitis in the knee.