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Rafael Nadal (ESP)

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Birthdate    (28 years old)
Birthplace Manacor, Spain
Residence Manacor, Spain
Height 6'1'' (185 cm)
Weight 187 lbs (85 kg)
Plays Left-handed
Turned Pro 2000 (15 yrs on tour)
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Nickname(s) Rafa 
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Rafael Nadal Bio

A 13-time major champion and arguably the greatest clay court player of all time, Rafael Nadal became the first man to win a Grand Slam tournament eight times when he beat David Ferrer in the 2013 Roland Garros final. He is the first man to win at least one Grand Slam title for nine consecutive years. Nadal won four straight French Open titles from 2005 to 2008. Nadal repeated as Roland Garros champion from 2010-2013. He compiled a 31-0 record at Roland Garros until his stunning loss to Robin Soderling in the round of 16 in 2009, which remains his only loss in a best-of-five set clay-court match.  From April 2005 through May 2007, Nadal won 81 consecutive matches on clay, a single-surface winning streak that stands as an Open Era record. Nadal defeated his rival Roger Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final, considered one of the greatest matches of all time, and in doing so became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year. Nadal also defeated Federer to win the 2009 Australian Open final; it was the seventh time the two met in a Grand Slam final. A knee injury prevented him from defending his Wimbledon title in 2009. Nadal is the 2008 Olympic champion in men’s singles. After spending a record 160 weeks ranked No. 2 behind Roger Federer, Nadal ascended to the No. 1 spot on August 18, 2008. He ceded the No. 1 ranking to Federer on July 6, 2009. Nadal was the first left-handed man to finish the year with the No. 1 ranking since John McEnroe in 1984, and the first Spaniard ever to achieve that feat.  Nadal delivered the most successful season of his career to date in 2010 when he led the ATP winning seven titles in nine finals to finish as year-end No. 1 for the second time in three years. One of the game's most physical forces,  Nadal won Roland Garros, Wimbledon and his first U.S. Open title to become the seventh man in history to complete the career Grand Slam and the youngest man in the Open era to win all four majors. He became the first man to collect three straight major titles since another lefty, Rod Laver, achieved the feat in 1969. Nadal posted a 22-0 record during the spring clay-court season in becoming the first man to claim three Masters 1000 clay titles (Monte Carlo, Rome and Madrid) as well as Roland Garros. Nadal beat Federer in the French Open final on June 5, 2011 (days after his 25th birthday) to collect a record-tying sixth Roland Garros crown, equaling Bjorn Borg's career mark.  He became the second-youngest man (after Borg) to win 10 Grand Slam singles titles. Novak Djokovic beat Nadal in the Wimbledon final and on July 4th, Djokovic surpassed him to take over the top spot in the rankings, ending Nadal's run of 57 consecutive weeks as No. 1. Djokovic beat Nadal in six finals during the season, including the U.S. Open final. Nadal won both of his singles matches to lead Spain to its fifth Davis Cup championship. Djokovic edged Nadal in an epic five-set Australian Open final to open the 2012 season. Returning to action in Indian Wells, Nadal and Marc Lopez won the Indian Wells doubles title. Nadal snapped a seven-match losing streak (all in finals) to Djokovic and ended a 10-month title drought with a 6-3, 6-1 sweep of the world No. 1 in the Monte Carlo final. It was Nadal's record-extending eighth consecutive Monte Carlo title and his record 20th Masters championship. Nadal became the first player in the Open Era to win two tournaments seven times after beating David Ferrer 7-6 (1), 7-5 to win his seventh Barcelona Open title. He defeated top-ranked Novak Djokovic, 7-5, 6-3, to capture his sixth Rome title and his record-extending 21st Masters championship in May, 2011 to raise his season clay record to 16-1. The second seed defeated No. 1 Djokovic, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, to capture his record-setting seventh French Open title in a rain-interrupted final that was completed on a Monday. He missed seven months with a knee injury, returning to tennis in February, 2013. In a five-month span, Nadal won seven titles: Sao Paulo, Acapulco, Indian Wells, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros. In their third U.S. Open final in a four-year span, Nadal defeated No. 1 Djokovic, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, to win his second U.S. Open title and 13th Grand Slam championship. Nadal joined Patrick Rafter and Andy Roddick as the third man to win the Canadian Masters, Cincinnati and the U.S. Open in succession as he extended his 2013 hard-court record to 22-0. A native of the island of Mallorca, he is coached by his uncle, Toni Nadal. 

Rafael Nadal Tournament History

Singles Titles

2013: US Open, Cincinnati, Montreal, Roland Garros, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, Indian Wells, Acapulco, Sao Paulo
2012: Roland Garros, Rome, Barcelona, Monte Carlo
2011: Roland Garros, Barcelona, Monte Carlo
2010: Tokyo, US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Madrid, Rome, Monte Carlo 
2009: Rome, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Indian Wells, Australian Open 
2008: Beijing Olympics, Canada, Wimbledon, London / Queen's Club, Roland Garros, Hamburg, Barcelona, Monte Carlo 
2007: Stuttgart, Roland Garros, Rome, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Indian Wells 
2006: Roland Garros, Rome, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Dubai 
2005: Madrid, Beijing, Canada, Stuttgart, Bastad, Roland Garros, Rome, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Acapulco, Costa Do Sauipe 
2004: Sopot 

Doubles Titles

2012: Indian Wells
2011: Doha
2010: Indian Wells 
2009: Doha 
2008: Monte Carlo 
2005: Doha 
2004: Chennai 
2003: Umag  

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