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Rafael Nadal
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Nadal serving at 2011 French Open
Full name Rafael Nadal Parera
Country  Spain
Residence Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
Born 3 June 1986 (1986-06-03) (age 35)
Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2001
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand), born right-handed
Prize money US$122,905,214
  •  3rd all-time leader in earnings
Singles
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)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals F (2010, 2013)
Olympic Games W (2008)
Doubles
Career record 137–74 (64.93% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 11
Highest ranking No. 26 (8 August 2005)
Current ranking No. 453 (12 October 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2004, 2005)
Wimbledon 2R (2005)
US Open SF (2004)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games W (2016)
Team Competitions
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.

Early life

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.

Personal life

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.

Career statistics

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2020 French Open.

Tournament20 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L Win %
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)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2005 French Open Clay Argentina Mariano Puerta 6–7(6–8), 6–3, 6–1, 7–5
Win 2006 French Open (2) Clay Switzerland Roger Federer 1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 2006 Wimbledon Grass Switzerland Roger Federer 0–6, 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–2), 3–6
Win 2007 French Open (3) Clay Switzerland Roger Federer 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Loss 2007 Wimbledon Grass Switzerland Roger Federer 6–7(7–9), 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 6–2, 2–6
Win 2008 French Open (4) Clay Switzerland Roger Federer 6–1, 6–3, 6–0
Win 2008 Wimbledon Grass Switzerland Roger Federer 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–7(8–10), 9–7
Win 2009 Australian Open Hard Switzerland Roger Federer 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 6–2
Win 2010 French Open (5) Clay Sweden Robin Söderling 6–4, 6–2, 6–4
Win 2010 Wimbledon (2) Grass Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 6–3, 7–5, 6–4
Win 2010 US Open Hard Serbia Novak Djokovic 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–2
Win 2011 French Open (6) Clay Switzerland Roger Federer 7–5, 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–1
Loss 2011 Wimbledon Grass Serbia Novak Djokovic 4–6, 1–6, 6–1, 3–6
Loss 2011 US Open Hard Serbia Novak Djokovic 2–6, 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 1–6
Loss 2012 Australian Open Hard Serbia Novak Djokovic 7–5, 4–6, 2–6, 7–6(7–5), 5–7
Win 2012 French Open (7) Clay Serbia Novak Djokovic 6–4, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5
Win 2013 French Open (8) Clay Spain David Ferrer 6–3, 6–2, 6–3
Win 2013 US Open (2) Hard Serbia Novak Djokovic 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1
Loss 2014 Australian Open Hard Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 2014 French Open (9) Clay Serbia Novak Djokovic 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–4
Loss 2017 Australian Open Hard Switzerland Roger Federer 4–6, 6–3, 1–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 2017 French Open (10) Clay Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 6–2, 6–3, 6–1
Win 2017 US Open (3) Hard South Africa Kevin Anderson 6–3, 6–3, 6–4
Win 2018 French Open (11) Clay Austria Dominic Thiem 6–4, 6–3, 6–2
Loss 2019 Australian Open Hard Serbia Novak Djokovic 3–6, 2–6, 3–6
Win 2019 French Open (12) Clay Austria Dominic Thiem 6–3, 5–7, 6–1, 6–1
Win 2019 US Open (4) Hard Russia Daniil Medvedev 7–5, 6–3, 5–7, 4–6, 6–4
Win 2020 French Open (13) Clay Serbia Novak Djokovic 6–0, 6–2, 7–5

Year–End Championships performance timeline

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win %
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)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2010 London Hard Switzerland Roger Federer 3–6, 6–3, 1–6
Loss 2013 London Hard Serbia Novak Djokovic 3–6, 4–6

Records

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.

Professional awards

  • ITF World Champion: 2008, 2010, 2017, 2019.
  • ATP Player of the Year: 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019.

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