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Rafael Nadal in La Moneda-007
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 has been ranked number one in the world. 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 won 28 ATP Masters Series titles, a former record, 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 often known simply as Rafa. He has rivalries against Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Nadal is agnostic.

Grand Slam record

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

Sherry barrel signed by Nadal
Year Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
2003 Did not enter Injured Round 3 Round 2
2004 Round 3 Injured Injured Round 2
2005 Round 4 Winner Round 2 Round 3
2006 Injured Winner Final Quarter-final
2007 Quarter-final Winner Final Round 4
2008 Semi-final Winner Winner Semi-final
2009 Winner Round 4 Injured Semi-final
2010 Quarter-final Winner Winner Winner
2011 Quarter-final Winner Final Final
2012 Final Winner Round 2 Absent
2013 Absent Winner Round 1 Winner
2014 Final Winner Round 4 Absent
2015 Quarter-final Quarter-final Round 2 Round 3
2016 Round 1 Round 3 Absent Round 4

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