Rafael Nadal facts for kids
Nadal serving at 2011 French Open
|Full name||Rafael Nadal Parera|
|Residence||Manacor, Mallorca, Spain|
|Born||3 June 1986
Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand), born right-handed|
|Career record||999–201 (83.25% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup; 1st in the Open Era)|
|Career titles||86 (4th in the Open Era)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (18 August 2008)|
|Current ranking||No. 2 (3 February 2020)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (2009)|
|French Open||W (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)|
|Wimbledon||W (2008, 2010)|
|US Open||W (2010, 2013, 2017, 2019)|
|Tour Finals||F (2010, 2013)|
|Olympic Games||W (2008)|
|Career record||137–74 (64.93% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 26 (8 August 2005)|
|Current ranking||No. 453 (12 October 2020)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2004, 2005)|
|US Open||SF (2004)|
|Other Doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||W (2016)|
|Davis Cup||W (2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2019)|
|Last updated on: 12 October 2020.|
Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 2 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Nadal has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, the joint-most in history for a male player (tied with Roger Federer), as well as 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP Tour 500 titles and 2 Olympic gold medals (one each for singles and doubles in 2008 and 2016 respectively). In addition, Nadal has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 209 weeks, including being the year-end No. 1 five times.
In majors, Nadal has won a record thirteen French Open titles, four US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open title, and won at least one Grand Slam every year for a record ten consecutive years (2005–2014). Nadal has won 86 career titles overall, including the most outdoor titles in the Open Era (84) and a record 60 titles on clay. With 81 consecutive wins on clay, Nadal holds the record for the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era.
Nadal has been involved in five Davis Cup titles with Spain, and currently has a 29-win streak and 29–1 record in singles matches at the event. In 2010, at the age of 24, he became the seventh male player and the youngest of five in the Open Era to achieve the singles Career Grand Slam. Nadal is the second male player after Andre Agassi to complete the singles Career Golden Slam, as well as the second male player after Mats Wilander to have won at least two Grand Slams on all three surfaces (grass, hard court and clay). He has received the tour Sportsmanship Award three times and has been named the ATP Player of the Year five times and the ITF World Champion four times. In 2011, Nadal was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.
Rafael Nadal was born in Manacor, a town on the island of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, Spain to parents Ana María Parera and Sebastián Nadal Homar. His father is a businessman, owner of an insurance company, glass and window company Vidres Mallorca, and the restaurant, Sa Punta. Rafael has a younger sister, María Isabel. His uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal, is a retired professional footballer, who played for RCD Mallorca, FC Barcelona, and the Spanish national team. He idolized Barcelona striker Ronaldo as a child, and via his uncle got access to the Barcelona dressing room to have a photo with the Brazilian. Recognizing in Rafael a natural talent, another uncle, Toni Nadal, a former professional tennis player, introduced him to tennis when he was three years old.
At age 8, 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 it was at that time that his uncle encouraged Nadal to play left-handed for a natural advantage on the tennis court, after studying Nadal's then two-handed forehand stroke.
At age 12, Nadal won the Spanish and European tennis titles in his age group, while also playing football. 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 Nadal leave Mallorca and move to Barcelona to continue his tennis training. His family turned down this request, partly because they feared his education would suffer, 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 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 lived with his parents and younger sister María Isabel in a five-story apartment building in their hometown of Manacor, Mallorca.
Nadal is an agnostic atheist. As a young boy, he would run home from school to watch Goku in his favorite Japanese anime, Dragon Ball. CNN released an article about Nadal's childhood inspiration, and called him "the Dragon Ball of tennis" owing to his unorthodox style "from another planet".
In addition to tennis and football, Nadal enjoys playing golf and poker. In April 2014 he played the world's No. 1 female poker player, Vanessa Selbst, in a poker game in Monaco. Nadal's autobiography, Rafa, written with assistance from John Carlin, was published in August 2011.
Nadal has been in a relationship with María Francisca (Mery) Perelló Pascual since 2005, and their engagement was reported in January 2019. The couple married in October 2019.
Grand Slam tournament performance timeline
Current through the 2020 French Open.
|Australian Open||A||3R||4R||A||QF||SF||W||QF||QF||F||A||F||QF||1R||F||QF||F||QF||1 / 15||65–14||82%|
|French Open||A||A||W||W||W||W||4R||W||W||W||W||W||QF||3R||W||W||W||W||13 / 16||100–2||98%|
|Wimbledon||3R||A||2R||F||F||W||A||W||F||2R||1R||4R||2R||A||4R||SF||SF||NH||2 / 14||53–12||82%|
|US Open||2R||2R||3R||QF||4R||SF||SF||W||F||A||W||A||3R||4R||W||SF||W||A||4 / 15||64–11||85%|
|Win–Loss||3–2||3–2||13–3||17–2||20–3||24–2||15–2||25–1||23–3||14–2||14–1||16–2||11–4||5–2||23–2||21–3||24–2||11–1||20 / 60||282–39||88%|
* Nadal withdrew before the third round of the 2016 French Open due to a wrist injury, which does not officially count as a loss.
* Nadal received a walkover in the second round of the 2019 US Open, which does not count as a win.
Finals: 28 (20 titles, 8 runner-ups)
|Win||2005||French Open||Clay||Mariano Puerta||6–7(6–8), 6–3, 6–1, 7–5|
|Win||2006||French Open (2)||Clay||Roger Federer||1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|Loss||2006||Wimbledon||Grass||Roger Federer||0–6, 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–2), 3–6|
|Win||2007||French Open (3)||Clay||Roger Federer||6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Loss||2007||Wimbledon||Grass||Roger Federer||6–7(7–9), 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 6–2, 2–6|
|Win||2008||French Open (4)||Clay||Roger Federer||6–1, 6–3, 6–0|
|Win||2008||Wimbledon||Grass||Roger Federer||6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(8–10), 9–7|
|Win||2009||Australian Open||Hard||Roger Federer||7–5, 3–6, 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 6–2|
|Win||2010||French Open (5)||Clay||Robin Söderling||6–4, 6–2, 6–4|
|Win||2010||Wimbledon (2)||Grass||Tomáš Berdych||6–3, 7–5, 6–4|
|Win||2010||US Open||Hard||Novak Djokovic||6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–2|
|Win||2011||French Open (6)||Clay||Roger Federer||7–5, 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–1|
|Loss||2011||Wimbledon||Grass||Novak Djokovic||4–6, 1–6, 6–1, 3–6|
|Loss||2011||US Open||Hard||Novak Djokovic||2–6, 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 1–6|
|Loss||2012||Australian Open||Hard||Novak Djokovic||7–5, 4–6, 2–6, 7–6(7–5), 5–7|
|Win||2012||French Open (7)||Clay||Novak Djokovic||6–4, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5|
|Win||2013||French Open (8)||Clay||David Ferrer||6–3, 6–2, 6–3|
|Win||2013||US Open (2)||Hard||Novak Djokovic||6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1|
|Loss||2014||Australian Open||Hard||Stan Wawrinka||3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 3–6|
|Win||2014||French Open (9)||Clay||Novak Djokovic||3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–4|
|Loss||2017||Australian Open||Hard||Roger Federer||4–6, 6–3, 1–6, 6–3, 3–6|
|Win||2017||French Open (10)||Clay||Stan Wawrinka||6–2, 6–3, 6–1|
|Win||2017||US Open (3)||Hard||Kevin Anderson||6–3, 6–3, 6–4|
|Win||2018||French Open (11)||Clay||Dominic Thiem||6–4, 6–3, 6–2|
|Loss||2019||Australian Open||Hard||Novak Djokovic||3–6, 2–6, 3–6|
|Win||2019||French Open (12)||Clay||Dominic Thiem||6–3, 5–7, 6–1, 6–1|
|Win||2019||US Open (4)||Hard||Daniil Medvedev||7–5, 6–3, 5–7, 4–6, 6–4|
|Win||2020||French Open (13)||Clay||Novak Djokovic||6–0, 6–2, 7–5|
Year–End Championships performance timeline
|ATP Finals||Did Not Qualify||A||SF||SF||A||RR||F||RR||A||F||A||SF||A||RR||A||RR||0 / 9||18–14||56%|
Finals: 2 (2 runners-up)
|Loss||2010||London||Hard||Roger Federer||3–6, 6–3, 1–6|
|Loss||2013||London||Hard||Novak Djokovic||3–6, 4–6|
All-time tournament records
|Tournament||Since||Record accomplished||Players matched|
|Grand Slam||1877||13 men's singles titles at one major||Stands alone|
|10 consecutive years of winning 1+ title (2005–2014)|
|Winning titles on 3 different surfaces in a calendar year (2010)|
|3 consecutive titles on 3 different surfaces|
|French Open||1891||13 men's singles titles|
|ATP Masters 1000||1970||Most men's singles titles at a single event (Monte-Carlo Masters)|
|10 consecutive seasons with 1+ men's singles titles (2005–14)|
|21 consecutive quarterfinals (2008–2010)|
|Monte Carlo Masters||1897||11 men's singles titles|
|Barcelona Open||1953||11 men's singles titles|
|Rome Masters||1930||9 men's singles titles|
|Madrid Open||2002||5 men's singles titles|
Open Era records
- These records were attained in the Open Era of tennis.
- Records in bold indicate peer-less achievements.
- Records in italics are currently active streaks.
- ^ Denotes consecutive streak.
|Time span||Selected Grand Slam tournament records||Players matched||Ref.|
|2005 French Open –
2010 US Open
|Career Golden Slam||Andre Agassi|
|Career Grand Slam||Rod Laver
|Youngest to achieve a Career Grand Slam (24)||Stands alone|
|2+ titles on grass, clay and hard courts||Mats Wilander|
|2007 French Open –
2019 Australian Open
|7 finals reached without losing a set||Stands alone|
|2008 French Open –
2020 French Open
|4 titles won without losing a set||Stands alone|
|2008 French Open –
2009 Australian Open
|Simultaneous holder of Majors on clay, grass and hard court||Roger Federer
|Simultaneous holder of Olympic singles gold medal and Majors on clay, grass and hard court||Stands alone|
|2010 French Open –
2010 US Open
|Winner of Majors on clay, grass and hard court in calendar year|
|2011 Wimbledon –
2012 Australian Open
|3 consecutive runners-up finishes|
|2005 French Open –
2020 French Open
|5+ finals at all 4 different tournaments||Novak Djokovic
|2005 French Open —
2020 French Open
|Winning Major titles in three different decades||Novak Djokovic|
|Time span||Grand Slam tournaments||Records at each Grand Slam tournament||Players matched||Ref.|
|2005–2020||French Open||13 titles overall||Stands alone|
|2010–2014||5 consecutive titles|
|2005–2020||13 finals overall|
|2010–2014||5 consecutive finals|
|2005–2020||13 semifinals overall|
|2005–2020||100 match wins overall|
|2010–2015||39 consecutive match wins|
|2005–2020||98.0% (100–2) match winning percentage|
|2008, 2010, 2017, 2020||4 titles won without losing a set|
|2005||Won title on the first attempt||Mats Wilander|
|2008, 2010||French Open—Wimbledon||Accomplished a "Channel Slam": Winning both tournaments in the same year||Rod Laver
|Time span||Other selected records||Players matched||Ref.|
|ATP Masters 1000 records|
|2013||4 consecutive Masters 1000 titles||Novak Djokovic|
|2005–2013||All 9 Masters 1000 finals reached||Roger Federer
|2010||Accomplished a "Clay Slam"||Stands alone|
|2005–2018||11 Monte-Carlo Masters titles||Stands alone|
|2005–2019||9+ titles at two different tournaments||Stands alone|
|2005–2019||5+ titles at four different tournaments||Novak Djokovic|
|2005–2019||9 Italian Open titles||Stands alone|
|2005–2017||5 Madrid Open titles||Stands alone|
|2002–2020||Most weeks spent in Top 2 (555)||Stands alone|
|2002–2019||83.19% (990–200) career match winning percentage||Stands alone|
|2004–2019||59 clay court titles||Stands alone|
|2004–2019||81 outdoor titles||Stands alone|
|2005–2007||81 consecutive clay court match victories||Stands alone|
|2004–2019||20 match wins against world No. 1 players||Stands alone|
|2002–2019||91.79% (436–39) clay court match winning percentage||Stands alone|
|84.76% (901–162) outdoor match winning percentage||Stands alone|
|2017–2018||Won 50 consecutive sets on a single surface (clay)||Stands alone|
|2005–2018||11+ titles at a single tournament (French Open, Monte Carlo, Barcelona)||Stands alone|
|2005–2012||8 consecutive titles at a single tournament (Monte Carlo)||Stands alone|
|2004–2006||16 titles won as a teenager||Björn Borg|
|2005–2019||37 clay court big titles||Stands alone|
- ITF World Champion: 2008, 2010, 2017, 2019.
- ATP Player of the Year: 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019.
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