Rafael Nadal

Birth Date: 03.06.1986
Country:
Spain
Birthplace:
Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
Height:
1.85m
Weight:
85kg
Plays:
Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned Pro:
2001


PERSONAL

Full name is Rafael Nadal Parera...Nicknamed "Rafa"...Plays left-handed but writes right-handed...Began playing tennis at age four with his uncle Toni, who is his long-time coach...Used to play with two-handed forehand and backhand before his uncle made him change at age nine or 10 to a one-handed forehand...Played his only junior Grand Slam event at Wimbledon in 2002 and reached SF...

Father, Sebastian, is a business partner with two brothers of a restaurant, Sa Punta, and owner of a glass and windows company, Vidres Mallorca...Mother, Ana Maria...Has one younger sister Maria Isabel...Comes from same island (Mallorca) as countryman Carlos Moya...The city of Manacor is second-biggest on island of Mallorca...His other uncle, Miguel Angel Nadal, is a former professional soccer player with stints at FC Barcelona, Real Mallorca and Spanish national team, which competed in 2002 World Cup...Also played on two other World Cup teams in 1994 and ’98...Earned ATP Newcomer of Year in 2003, ATP Most Improved Player of Year in 2005 and ATP Player of Year in 2008...Reached Spanish Championships in July 2003 (l. to Lopez)...Won Prince of Asturias award in 2008, named for Spain's Crown Prince Felipe...In October 2010, opened the Rafael Nadal Tennis School in Anantpur, India, which hosts district, state and national-level tournaments, as well as lay equal emphasis on the children’s education and tennis training...Coached by his uncle Toni Nadal and fitness trainer is Rafael Maymo.


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2001
– Reached 2nd RD at Seville Challenger at age 15...

2002 - Won first ATP match in his hometown Mallorca (15 yrs., 10 mons.), defeating Ramon Delgado...Became ninth player in Open Era to win an ATP match before his 16th birthday...Went 37-3 in Futures, winning six titles in his native country...En route to winning four straight Futures titles, compiled a 20-match winning streak...Reached SF at Barcelona Challenger...

2003 - Finished in Top 50 for first time...Finalist at Challengers in Hamburg (l. to Ancic), Cherbourg (l. to Roitman), Cagliari (l. to Volandri) and Aix en Provence (l. to Puerta)...Won first Challenger titles in Barletta (d. Portas) and Segovia (d. Zib)...Qualified for first ATP Masters Series tournament in Monte Carlo and defeated Kucera and Costa before losing to eventual finalist Coria in 3rd RD...In May, qualified for AMS Hamburg and reached 3rd RD with wins over Mathieu and countryman Moya before losing to Gaudio...

Missed Roland Garros after injuring elbow during practice...Returned to make Wimbledon debut and became youngest player at 17 to reach 3rd RD since 16-year-old Becker in 1984...Defeated Ancic in 1st RD and Childs in 2nd RD before losing to Srichaphan... Reached first ATP QF in Bastad (l. to N. Lapentti) and then first ATP SF in Umag (l. to Moya)...Made US Open debut and reached 2nd RD (l. to El Aynaoui)...In doubles, captured first ATP title in Umag (w/Lopez Moron)...Compiled 11-6 record on clay courts, 1-2 on hard, and 2-1 on grass...

2004 - Key part of Spain's Davis Cup title effort (d. U.S. 3-2)... Became youngest player (18 yrs., 6 mos.) to register a singles victory in Cup final for winning nation, as he beat No. 2 Roddick in four sets...Reached first ATP final in Auckland (l. to Hrbaty)...Followed with 3rd RD at Australian Open (l. to Hewitt) in his tournament debut...In 1st RD Davis Cup tie vs. Czech Republic, won fifth and decisive rubber over Stepanek and later in year clinched SF victory by defeating France's Clement in fourth rubber...Reached QF in Dubai and 4th RD at AMS Miami (d. No. 1 Federer)...Reached QF in Estoril where he suffered a left ankle injury (stress fracture in ankle joint) on Apr. 15 in his three-set win over Gasquet...

Returned almost three months later on July 6 in Bsstad and advanced to QF (l. to Gaudio)...Following week reached QF in Stuttgart...In August, captured his first ATP title in Sopot (d. Acasuso)...In doubles, captured title in Chennai and reached SF at US Open (w/Robredo)...Also played in three Davis Cup doubles ties (w/Robredo) and went 1-2... Led ATP circuit with best first serve percentage (70 percent)...Compiled a 14-3 record on clay, 14-10 on hard and 2-4 on carpet...

2005 –Captured a teenage record 11 titles, including his first Grand Slam crown and four ATP Masters Series shields...His titles won mark broke Mats Wilander's previous teenage record of nine in 1983... Became first teenager to finish No. 2 since Boris Becker in 1986 and highest year-end ranking ever by a Spaniard...Won eight of his 11 titles on clay and compiled an ATP-best 50-2 clay court record, finishing with 36 consecutive match wins on his favorite surface...Put together best season on clay since Thomas Muster in 1995 when he went 65-2 and won 11 of 12 titles on clay...Captured back-to-back clay titles in Costa do Sauipe (d. Martin) and Acapulco (d. Montanes)... Posted wins over Ljubicic (4th RD), T. Johansson (QF) and Ferrer (SF) before falling to No. 1 Federer in five sets in Miami in first AMS final...Held a two set lead and came within two points of victory in third set, only to lose 6-1 in fifth set...Afterwards, climbed from 31 to No. 20...

The next week returned to clay in Valencia and reached QF, losing his only other match on clay to eventual champion Andreev on Apr. 8...In next two weeks, captured his first ATP Masters Series crown in Monte Carlo (d. Coria) and won first title in his home country in Barcelona (d. Ferrero), breaking into Top 10 on Apr. 25...Continued success at AMS stop in Rome and outlasted Coria in a 5-hour, 14-minute marathon (longest final in Open Era) decided in a fifth set tie-break...Afterwards improved to No. 5 and made an eventful showing at Roland Garros where he became first player to win French title in his main draw debut since since Mats Wilander in 1982...Posted consecutive wins over Gasquet (3rd RD), Grosjean (4th RD), Ferrer (QF), No. 1 Federer (SF) and Puerta (F) to become first teenager at 19 years, 2 days to win a Grand Slam title since Pete Sampras captured 1990 US Open...Also first teenager to win Roland Garros title since 17-year-old Michael Chang in 1989...

His 24-match winning streak came to an end with 1st RD loss on grass in Halle to Waske...Then made his second Wimbledon outing and fell to Muller in 2nd RD...In July, won back-to-back titles in Bastad (d. Berdych) and Stuttgart (d. Gaudio), reaching No. 2 on July 25...As top seed at AMS Montreal, dropped only two sets in six matches en route to his first career hard court title, defeating Agassi in a three-set final...Held serve 65 of 67 games, including a personal-best 51 games in a row, during tournament...His 16-match winning streak ended with opening round third set tie-break loss to Berdych in Cincinnati...Followed with 3rd RD loss to Blake at US Open and rebounded back with his 10th title in Beijing (d. Coria)...In October, captured his first career indoor title at AMS Madrid, rallying from a two-sets deficit for first time in his career in final against Ljubicic to win 7-6 in fifth set...

In a Davis Cup World Group playoff tie, won both of his matches against Italy's Bracciali and Seppi to help his country to a 3-2 victory and back into 2006 World Group...Qualified for Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai but withdrew due to a left foot injury...Led ATP circuit in three of four return of serve categories - points won returning first serve (37%), points won returning second serve (57%) and return games won (38%) - while No. 4 in break points converted (46%)... Went 5-3 vs. Top 10 opponents and compiled records of 50-2 on clay, 28-6 on hard and 1-2 on grass...Earned a teenage record $3,874,751...

2006 - Compiled a 59-12 match record along with five titles (four over No. 1 Federer) in six finals...Became first player since Agassi in 1994-95 to finish season No. 2 in back-to-back years... Finished unbeaten on clay (26-0) and repeated his Roland Garros title (d. Federer) while reaching his first Wimbledon final (l. to Federer)...Compiled an Open Era record 62-match clay court winning streak, surpassing Guillermo Vilas' mark of 53 in 1977...In March, won his first title in Dubai, defeating his rival Federer in three sets...The two would meet in four other finals before mid-July, including Grand Slams at Roland Garros and Wimbledon...He repeated clay court titles with wins over Federer at AMS Monte Carlo in four sets, Rome (five sets) and Roland Garros (four sets)...He was the only player at the time to have defeated Federer more than once since Swiss superstar took over No. 1 in February 2004...

Captured his fifth career AMS title with repeat effort in Monte Carlo, defeating three straight Top 10 opponents -- Coria (QF), Gaudio (SF) and Federer (F)...Then followed with repeat title effort in Barcelona (d. Robredo)...Did not begin season until mid-February due to left foot injury going back to last November...Opened in Marseille and reached SF, losing to eventual champion Arnaud Clement...Two weeks later, captured title in Dubai...Then followed with SF showing in Indian Wells (l. to Blake) and an opening round loss in Miami to countryman Moya...Opened clay court circuit with successful title defenses in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome where he saved two match points in an epic five hour and five minute marathon against Federer...Tied Borg with his 16th career teenage title in Rome, most in Open Era... Then dropped only three sets en route to becoming youngest back-to-back champion at Roland Garros since Borg in 1974-75...

Turned in his best career results on grass with a QF at Queen's, retiring with a sore back after two sets against eventual champion Hewitt...Then followed with a runner-up effort at Wimbledon where he lost for second time in eight career meetings to Federer...Became first Spaniard to reach championship at All England Club since Manuel Santana captured title in 1966...Entered final having held serve a personal-best 80 consecutive service games going back to 2nd RD (vs. Kendrick) before Federer broke in opening game of match and went on to win in four sets...The loss ended his unbeaten streak of 14 consecutive finals won going back to Miami where he lost a five-set battle to Federer on Apr. 3, 2005...

Returned to action in August and lost in 3rd RD at AMS Toronto (l. to Berdych) and QF in Cincinnati (l. to Ferrero)...Followed with QF at US Open (l. to Youzhny)... Won both of his matches vs. Italy in Davis Cup World Group tie then lost in 2nd RD in Stockholm and QF at AMS Madrid...Went 2-1 in Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai round-robin action to reach SF (l. to Federer)...Named 2005 ATP Most Improved Player of Year and European ATP Player of Year...One of three players to win at least 20 matches on clay and hard courts during year (Davydenko, Robredo)...Along with his undefeated clay court record (26-0), went 25-10 on hard and 8-2 on grass...Went 10-3 vs. Top 10 opponents...

2007--Became first player to finish No. 2 for three consecutive years in history of ATP Rankings (since 1973)...Ranked No. 2 every week since July 25, 2005 (128 consecutive weeks)-Dec. 31, 2007... Captured six titles in nine finals, including his third straight Roland Garros crown and three ATP Masters Series shields (Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Rome)...Was nearly unbeaten on clay (31-1) and compiled an Open Era record 81-match clay court winning streak with a loss to Federer in Hamburg final...Prior to that, his last loss on clay came on April 8, 2005, when he lost to Igor Andreev in QF of Valencia...

In January, opened with SF in Chennai (l. to Malisse) and advanced to QF at Australian Open (l. to Gonzalez)...In March, won his first title at AMS Indian Wells, defeating Djokovic in final...The two would meet five other times between March and August (Nadal led 3-2)...He repeated clay court titles with wins over Federer at AMS Monte Carlo in straight sets and Roland Garros (four sets)...He became first player since Bjorn Borg from 1978-81 to win at least three straight titles in Paris...Also repeated titles in Barcelona (d. Canas) and AMS Rome (d. Gonzalez)...

Prior to Roland Garros, lost in AMS Hamburg final in three sets to Federer, breaking his clay court win streak...It was his first clay court final loss of his career (18-1 going into 2008)...On grass, reached QF at Queen's for second straight year (l. to Mahut) and followed with runner-up effort at Wimbledon where he lost to Federer in five sets...Became first Spaniard to reach championship at All England Club in back-to-back years...Returned to action on clay two weeks later in Stuttgart and won title for second time in three years (d. Wawrinka)...

In August, advanced to SF at ATP Masters Series Montreal (l. to Djokovic) and retired with left arm cramp in 2nd RD in Cincinnati (vs. Monaco)... At US Open, lost in 4th RD to countryman Ferrer in four sets...During European indoor circuit, reached QF at AMS Madrid and final at AMS Paris (l. to Nalbandian both times)...Loss in Paris snapped 25-match unbeaten streak in Paris... Closed with SF at Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai (l. to Federer)...Went 11-7 vs. Top 10 opponents...Only player to win at least 30 matches on clay (31-1) and hard courts (31-12) during year...Has second-best winning percentage (.793) in finals (23-6) in Open Era.

2008 -- The Mallorca native became first left-hander to finish No. 1 since John McEnroe in 1984, in addition to becoming first Spaniard to end season as world's top player in history of ATP Rankings (since 1973)...Became first player since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles in same year...Led ATP circuit with eight titles in 10 finals, 82 match wins, most matches (93) played and a 17-6 mark against Top 10 opponents ...Also helped his native country to Davis Cup title (vs. Argentina) by winning all three of his matches during year...Advanced to SF or better in all four Grand Slam tournaments for first time in his career...

Opened with runner-up effort in Chennai (l. to Youzhny) and followed with SF showing at Australian Open (l. to Tsonga)...In March, reached SF at AMS Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic) and followed with runner-up in Miami (l. to Davydenko)... Began year with a 22-6 record in first six tournaments before going 60-5 rest of season...During clay court circuit, won titles at AMS Monte Carlo (d. Federer) and Barcelona (d. Ferrer) for fourth straight year and for first time at AMS Hamburg (d. Federer)...Lost his only clay match in 2nd RD at AMS Rome (l. to Ferrero)...Captured his fourth straight Roland Garros crown (d. Federer) and became first player since Borg in 1978-81 to accomplish feat...Also first player since Borg in 1980 to win without dropping a set in Paris...

Then moved to grass and won titles at Queen's (d. Karlovic, Roddick, Djokovic) and Wimbledon, defeating five-time champ Federer in a 4:48 marathon (9-7 in fifth set) in longest final at All England Club...Became first Spaniard to capture Wimbledon title since Manuel Santana in 1966...Three weeks later in Toronto, earned his first hard court title of season (d. Murray in SF, Kiefer in F)...Following week in Cincinnati, reached SF (l. to Djokovic), ending his career-best 32-match winning streak...His result guaranteed No. 1 ranking on Aug. 18, which he obtained after earning gold medal at Beijing Olympics (d. Gonzalez)...Spent a record 160 straight weeks at No. 2 from July 25, 2005 to Aug. 17, 2008...Then advanced to first SF at US Open (l. to Murray)...Later in month, defeated Querrey and Roddick in Davis Cup SF to lead Spain into final...

Clinched year-end No. 1 at AMS Madrid with SF effort (l. to Simon)...Retired in 3rd RD at AMS Paris (vs. Davydenko) with tendinitis in right knee and withdrew from Tennis Masters Cup and Davis Cup final due to injury...Compiled an ATP-best 46-10 mark on hard, 24-1 on clay and 12-0 on grass...Has a 131-4 record on clay since 2005...Led four RICOH ATP MatchFacts categories -- 2nd Serve Pts. Won (60%), Pts. Won Returning 1st Serve (34%), Pts. Won Returning 2nd Serve (55%) and Return Games Won (33%)...Ranked No. 4 in Service Games Won (88%)...Went 23-11 in tie-breaks and 13-0 vs. left-handers...In doubles, won his fourth career ATP title at AMS Monte Carlo (w/Robredo) and was lone double winner during season...Earned a career-high $6,773,773.

2009 -- The Mallorca native won at least five titles for the fifth straight year, including his sixth career Grand Slam crown and three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles…Became first player in ATP Rankings history (since 1973) with No. 2 ranking for four years…Has finished in Top 2 for five straight seasons…Despite missing more than two months with knee problems he compiled a 5-3 mark in finals and ranked No. 1 for the first half of season…He also helped his country to Davis Cup title for third time in six years (d. Czech Republic 5-0)…Captured his sixth career Grand Slam title at Australian Open, his first on hard courts, with a five-set victory over rival Federer…In his SF victory over countryman Verdasco, he won a marathon 5:14 battle…He became first Spaniard to win Australian title and third player at age 22-under to win three of four Grand Slam titles, joining Connors and Sampras…Also first player to win Aussie Open title winning five-set SF and F matches since Mats Wilander in 1988…

In mid-February, reached third career ATP World Tour indoor final (1-2) in Rotterdam and injured his right knee in three-set loss to No. 4 Murray…Withdrew from Dubai but returned for first round Davis Cup tie against Serbia, winning both of his singles matches, over Tipsarevic and No. 3 Djokovic in straight sets…Has won 12 straight Davis Cup matches since losing in his debut in 2004…In March, collected his 13th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells for second time in three years over No. 4 Murray…He saved five match points (most in his career) in fourth-round win against Nalbandian, all coming in second set before prevailing 6-0 in final set…In addition to Murray, his other Top 10 wins came over No. 6 del Potro in QFs and No. 7 Roddick in SFs…He followed with QF at Miami*…Led 3-0 (two breaks) in the third set against del Potro before losing in a tie-break…

Opened his clay-court campaign with a three-set victory over No. 3 Djokovic in Monte-Carlo*…It
was a record fifth straight crown in Monte-Carlo…He followed by winning his fifth straight Barcelona title (d. Ferrer) and then posted a straight-sets win over Djokovic in Rome* final…It was the Spaniard’s 15th career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, third only to Agassi (17) and Federer (16), and record fourth title in Rome…Then reached final at Masters 1000 at Madrid where he lost to Federer 6-4, 6-4…The loss ended a 33-match winning streak on clay going back to May 7, 2008…It was also only his second loss in a clay final in his career (25-2), both coming to Federer…In SFs, he saved three match points in longest three-set match (4:03) on ATP World
Tour in Open Era, prevailing over Djokovic 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(9)…Has a 153-7 clay mark since 2005…

The four-time defending champion at Roland Garros had his 31-match winning streak in Paris snapped with a four-set fourth-round loss to No. 23 Soderling, who went on to reach final…Has a 31-1 record in Paris…It was also his first loss in a best-of-five set match on clay in his career (49-1)…Withdrew from Queen’s and Wimbledon, where he was defending champion in both, due to tendinitis in both knees…His 46-week reign at No. 1 came to an end on July 6 when Federer took over top ranking…He was sidelined for nine weeks before coming back in Montreal* on Aug. 10 with a QF effort (l. to del Potro)…Afterwards slipped to No. 3 on Aug. 17 for first time since July 18, 2005 and was there for four weeks before returning to No. 2 on Sept. 14…In addition to his QF in Montreal, he reached back-to-back SFs in Cincinnati* (l. to Djokovic) and US Open (l. to del Potro)…He suffered an abdominal injury during Cincinnati and played with it at US Open…

He returned in October to reach SFs in Beijing (l. to Cilic) and final at Shanghai* (l. to Davydenko)…In November, reached SF at Paris*, posting wins over countrymen Almagro (saved five match points) and Robredo and No. 9 ranked Tsonga before losing to eventual champion Djokovic…Closed season by going 0-3 in round-robin play at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London…Compiled a 21-9 match record upon making his return in August, reaching SFs or better in five of last seven tournaments…Went 14-11 vs. Top 10 opponents but was 1-9 from Madrid final to rest of year…Won 400th career match in opening rubber of Davis Cup final (d. Berdych)…Compiled marks of 42-12 on hard and 23-2 on clay…Led three return of serve Ricoh ATP MatchFacts categories - points won returning second serve (57%), break points converted (47%) and return games won (34%).

2010 --The Mallorca native finished as ATP World Tour No. 1 for second time in three years as he wrapped up top ranking after winning his first US Open title…Led ATP World Tour with seven titles in nine finals…He’s won at least five titles for six straight years…Seventh man in history to complete a career Grand Slam, youngest player in Open Era to win all four Grand Slam titles and first player to win three straight Grand Slam titles in same year since ‘69 when Rod Laver pulled off Grand Slam…He went 22-0 in spring clay court season, becoming first player to win a “Clay Slam” in a season, winning three ATP Masters 1000 titles (Monte Carlo*, Rome*, Madrid*) along with Roland Garros for fifth time in six years (d. Soderling)…He returned to No. 1 on June 7 and stayed there rest of season…As of Dec. 27, has been ranked No. 1 for 76 weeks in his career…

Opened first three months with a 16-4 mark without a title before winning 55 of his next 61 matches from second week in April at Monte-Carlo* (d. Verdasco) until Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title match (l. to Federer)…Opened with a runner-up in Doha (l. to Davydenko, held two match points) and followed with a QF at Australian Open where he retired with a right knee injury (vs. Murray)…Did not return until Indian Wells* in March when he reached back-to-back SFs at Indian Wells* (l. to Ljubicic in third set TB) and Miami* (l. to Roddick in three sets), falling to eventual champions in both…

Snapped an 11-month title drought in Monte-Carlo*, becoming first player in Open Era to win a tournament title for six straight years…The 14 games he lost in five matches was fewest he has dropped en route to a title in his career…Two weeks later won fifth title in Rome*…At age 23 years, 11 months, he won a record-breaking 18th ATP Masters 1000 title when he beat Federer 64 76(5) in Madrid* final…At Roland Garros, he became second man (after Borg) in history to win five or more Roland Garros titles…Did not drop a set during fortnight…The Spaniard's 24-match winning streak came to an end in QFs at Queen’s (l. to F. Lopez)…Won second title at Wimbledon (d. Berdych) to become first Spaniard in history to win the Wimbledon title twice…

At Toronto* reach SFs (l. to eventual champion Murray)…After a QF loss in Cincinnati* (l.to Baghdatis), at US Open, where he was top seed, he defeated Djokovic in four sets in a Monday rain-delayed final to win his first title in Flushing Meadows, dropping one set in seven matches…He became third Spaniard after Santana (‘65) and Orantes (‘75) to win US Open title…Second player to win Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces at least twice, behind Wilander…Has a 107-1 career record in Grand Slam play after winning first set…In early October, reached SFs in Bangkok (l. to Garcia-Lopez) and then followed with his seventh title in Tokyo (saved two M.P.s against Troicki in SFs, Monfils in F)…His streak of reaching QFs or better in 15 straight tournaments ended in Shanghai* where he lost to Melzer in 3rd RD…

Compiled marks of 40-9 on hard, 22-0 on clay and 9-1 on grass along with 22-7 tie-break record…Went 11-5 vs. Top 10 opponents…Finished a career-best in service games won (90%), which was No. 2, and led in second serve points won (60%), break points saved (69%) and points won returning second serve (55%)…Earned an ATP record $10,171,998.

2011: On 2 January, Nadal and Federer kicked off the new ATP World Tour season in Doha by hitting tennis balls on a court laid in the water of Doha Bay...Reached Doha SFs (l. to Davydenko)...As top seed at the Australian Open, he fell to Ferrer in QFs and was suffering from a left hamstring injury...

Spent 10 days undergoing physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory treatments for a tear in his left thigh muscle and returned to action five weeks later in Spain's Davis Cup 1st RD tie versus Belgium...Won both his singles rubbers in a 4-1 win...

On 20 March, he reached the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells final for the loss of just one set before losing out to third seed Djokovic 64 36 26 in the title match...Dropped to an 18-7 record in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals...In doubles, with Marc Lopez, lost in SFs to Federer-Wawrinka...

On 3 March, lost to Djokovic 46 63 76(4) in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami final...It was Nadal's third title match in Miami...It was the first time since 1995 that Indian Wells and Miami featured the same two finalists, as well as the top two ranked players (Agassi and Sampras)...

On European clay, Nadal captured a seventh straight title at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo on 17 April...Beat fellow Spaniard Ferrer 64 75 in title match...Was presented the trophy by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco...Improved to a 39-1 record at the tournament...It was his 19th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy and 30th clay-court title...

A week later he regained the Barcelona trophy that he had won five times previously from 2005-2009...Defeated Ferrer, 62 64, for the second time in two weeks...Became the first player in the Open Era to win two tournaments at least six times... In winning his 31st clay-court tour-level title – the third-highest total in the Open Era - he improved to a 34-match winning streak on the surface...

As the top seed and defending champion at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid, Nadal required three wins to reach the final (1st RD bye, 3rd RD W/O), including a 57 61 63 SF victory over Federer, but lost out to Djokovic 75 64...His winning clay-court run ended on 37 matches...It was his first defeat in 10 clay-court meetings with Djokovic...

The following week at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome, where he was once again the top seed and defending champion, Nadal suffered the same fate as he was beaten 46 46 in the final by Djokovic...Dropped to a 31-2 mark at the Foro Italico, where he had won the title five times previously...It is only the third time that the Spaniard has lost two clay-court matches in the past six seasons...

On 5 June in Paris, he won a record-equalling sixth Roland Garros title as he defeated Federer 75 76(3) 57 61 in the final...Just three days after his 25th birthday, he joined Borg as the second player in history to win six titles at the clay-court Grand Slam...He is the second youngest player, behind Borg to win 10 Grand Slam championships; Borg was 24 years and 30 days old when he won his 10th title at 1980 Wimbledon...The Swede was also just one day younger than Nadal when he won his sixth Roland Garros title in 1981...The win also guaranteed Nadal retained the World No. 1 ranking...

Went onto reach the Queen's Club QFs (l. to Tsonga)...


TITLES

SINGLES (54)
-Grand Slams (10):

  • Roland Garros (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)
  • Wimbledon (2008, 2010)
  • Australian Open (2009)
  • US Open (2010)

-Olympic Games (1):

  • Beijing Olympics - Beijing, China (2008)

-Masters (19):

  • Monte Carlo Masters - Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Italian Open - Rome, Italy (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010)
  • Rogers Cup - Montreal, Canada (2005, 2008)
  • Madrid Open - Madrid, Spain (2005, 2010)
  • Indian Wells Masters - Indian Wells, California, USA (2007, 2009)
  • German Open Tennis Championships - Hamburg, Germany (2008)

-ATP World Tour 500 (11):

  • Abierto Mexicano Telcel - Acapulco, Mexico (2005)
  • Barcelona Open - Barcelona, Spain (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
  • MercedesCup - Stuttgart, Germany (2005, 2007)
  • Dubai Tennis Championships - Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2006)
  • ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament - Rotterdam, Netherlands (2009)
  • Japan Open Tennis Championships - Tokyo, Japan (2010)

-ATP World Tour 250 (5):

  • Orange Warsaw Open - Sopot, Poland (2004)
  • Brasil Open - Costa do Sauípe, Brazil (2005)
  • Swedish Open - Båstad, Sweden (2005)
  • China Open - Beijing, China (2005)
  • Queen's Club Championships - London, England (2008)
-Challengers (2):
  • Barletta Challenger - Barletta, Italy (2003)
  • Open Castilla y León - Segovia, Spain (2003)

-Futures (6):

  • Alicante, Spain (2002)
  • Vigo, Spain (2002)
  • Barcelona, Spain (2002)
  • Madrid, Spain (2002)
  • Las Palmas, Spain (2002)
  • Maspalomas, Spain (2002)


DOUBLES (7)
-Masters (2):

  • Monte Carlo Masters - Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France (2008)
  • Indian Wells Masters - Indian Wells, California, USA (2010)

-ATP World Tour 250 (5):

  • Croatia Open Umag - Umag, Croatia (2003)
  • Chennai Open - Chennai, India (2004)
  • Qatar Open - Doha, Qatar (2005, 2009, 2011)


ACHIEVMENTS


ITF Grand Slams Year(s) Record accomplished Player tied
Australian Open
French Open
Wimbledon
US Open
Olympics
2009
2005
2008
2010
2008
Career Golden Slam Andre Agassi
Australian Open
French Open
Wimbledon
US Open
2009
2005
2008
2010
Career Grand Slam Rod Laver
Andre Agassi
Roger Federer
Australian Open – French Open – >Wimbledon – US Open 2005–2010 At least two Grand Slams on grass, clay, and hard courts Mats Wilander
French Open – U.S. Open 2010 Winner of grand slams on clay, grass, and hard court in calendar year Stands alone
French Open – U.S. Open 2010 Winner of three consecutive grand slams in calendar year Rod Laver
French Open – U.S. Open 2008–2010 Simultaneous holder of grand slams on clay, grass, and hard court Roger Federer
Olympics – U.S. Open 2008–2010 Simultaneous holder of Olympic singles gold medal and grand slams on clay, grass, and hard court Stands alone
Olympics – Wimbledon 2008–2010 Simultaneous holder of Olympic singles gold medal and Wimbledon Stands alone
Olympics – French Open 2008–2010 Simultaneous holder of Olympic singles gold medal and three grand slams Andre Agassi
Olympics – U.S. Open 2008–2010 Simultaneous holder of Olympic singles gold medal and clay & hard court grand slams Andre Agassi
Olympics – U.S. Open 2008–2010 Simultaneous holder of Olympic singles gold medal and U.S. Open Andre Agassi
French Open 2005–2009 31 consecutive match wins Stands alone
French Open—Wimbledon 2008, 2010 1 "Channel Slam": Both tournaments the same year Rod Laver
Björn Borg
Roger Federer
French Open—Wimbledon 2008, 2010 Winner of multiple "Channel Slam" singles titles Björn Borg
French Open 2005–2011 6 titles Björn Borg
French Open 2005–2008 4 consecutive wins Björn Borg
French Open 2005–2008, 2010–2011 6 finals Björn Borg
French Open 2005–2008 4 consecutive finals Björn Borg
Ivan Lendl
Roger Federer
French Open 2008, 2010 Most French Open championships without losing a set Björn Borg
Australian Open
French Open
Wimbledon
U.S. Open
2005–2010 Finalist in all the 4 majors Rod Laver
Ken Rosewall
Ivan Lendl
Stefan Edberg
Jim Courier
Andre Agassi
Roger Federer

  • Rafael Nadal is now the youngest player in the Open Era and fourth overall, at 24, to complete a career Grand Slam.
  • Nadal has won his ten Grand Slam titles in his first 28 appearances at the majors. By comparison, Björn Borg won ten in his first 23; Roger Federer won ten in his first 31 and Pete Sampras won ten in his first 33.
  • Nadal has a 107–1 win-loss record in Grand Slam play after winning the first set.
  • Nadal joins Aussie legend Rod Laver as the only left-handers to win all four Grand Slams.
  • Winner of 28 consecutive Grand Slam sets in the year 2010 and 24 in 2008.
  • In 2005 became one of two players to win the French Open on the first attempt, the first being Mats Wilander in 1982.
  • Nadal in 2010 at the age of 24, became the second youngest of six men in the Open Era to appear in the finals of all 4 Grand Slam Tournaments. The youngest being Jim Courier at the age of 22.
  • At age 19 years, 1 month, and 22 days, Nadal became the third teenager in the history of the ATP computer rankings (since 1973) to reach World No. 2, joining Boris Becker (age 18 years, 9 months, and 17 days) and Björn Borg (age 18 years, 10 months, and 2 days) as the only teenagers to be ranked No. 2.
  • Only male player in the open era to win 21 consecutive grand slam matches within a calendar year (French open 2010 - US Open 2010).
  • Only male player to have won French Open, Wimbledon, and Olympic gold medal in the same year (2008).
  • Lost only six sets in winning the three titles namely French Open, Wimbledon & US Open in 2010.
  • Fourth Player to win the same slam (FO) 6 times after Borg (FO), Sampras (Wim) and Federer (Wim), during open era.
  • Fourth Player to win the same slam (FO) 4 consecutive times after Borg (FO), Sampras (Wim) and Federer (Wim, USO), during open era.
  • Winning 25 consecutive Grand Slam matches (tied with Sampras), which is the third most in the Open Era after Federer (27, twice) and Laver (26).


ATP Masters Series Year(s) Record accomplished Player tied
Monte Carlo Masters—Madrid Masters 2005–2011 Most Masters singles titles (19) Stands alone
Monte Carlo Masters—Rome Masters 2005–2011 Most Masters singles finals (29) Roger Federer
Monte Carlo Masters—Roland Garros 2010 1 "Clay Slam": 3 Masters series on clay and Roland Garros Stands alone
Monte Carlo Masters 2005–2011 7 consecutive titles Stands alone
Rome Masters 2005–2010 5 titles in 6 years Stands alone
ATP Masters 2005 Most Titles in a season – 4 Roger Federer (2005 & 2006)
ATP Masters 2008–2010 21 consecutive Quarter-Finals Stands alone
ATP Masters 2008 Consecutive tournaments won on 3 different surfaces Roger Federer (2004)
ATP Masters 2005–2011 Most consecutive years winning at least ONE Masters Title – 7 Stands alone
Monte Carlo Masters—Rome Masters 2005–2007
2009–2010
Most years winning both Titles – 5 Stands alone
ATP Masters 2007–2010 Consecutive years winning at least 3 Masters Titles – 4 Stands alone
Monte Carlo Masters-Rome Masters-Madrid Masters 2010 Winning 3 consecutive ATP Masters Titles Stands alone
ATP Masters 2011 Most Consecutive Finals reached - 5 Stands alone

  • The only player to reach nine different ATP Masters tournament finals (all except Cincinnati, Shanghai to replace Hamburg as ninth ATP Masters Series singles tournament, Nadal has reached both tournament finals).
  • The only player to have lost just one game in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (Monte Carlo 2010: 6–0, 6–1).
  • The only player to win all three clay court Masters events in the same year.
  • The only player to win 3 consecutive Masters titles, irrespective of surface.
  • The player having the leading winning percentage of .833 in ATP Masters Tournaments since 1990.
  • Winner of the singles and doubles title at the same tournament and same year (Monte Carlo 2008).
  • The fastest to win ATP Masters Titles:
    5 titles: 8 tournaments/1 years: Monte Carlo 2005 – Monte Carlo 2006
    10 titles: 24 tournaments/3 years: Monte Carlo 2005 – Monte Carlo 2008
    15 titles: 34 tournaments/4 years: Monte Carlo 2005 – Rome 2009.
Miscellaneous
  • Won most titles as a teenager: 16, tied with Björn Borg.
  • Most singles titles won in a single season as a teenager: 11 (2005).
  • Nadal has a 32–4 record in clay court tournament finals and a 64–1 record in best-of-five-set matches on clay.
  • Nadal is the only player in the Open Era to win more than one ATP Tournament at least 6 times in his career: Monte Carlo Masters (2005-2011), Barcelona Open (2005-2009, 2011) and French Open (2005-2008, 2010-2011).
  • Overall Nadal is 227–18 (92.65%) in his career on clay, the best winning percentage on clay in the Open Era. The quickest male player (losing fewest matches) in the Open Era to reach 200 clay-court wins (200–16). Vilas leads the all time clay court career win list: 632-162.
  • Best career outdoor match winning percentage: 85.35% (466-80).
  • Winner of the most Golden Bagel Awards (3) in Open Era during the year 2005, 2008 and 2009.
  • Most consecutive weeks as World Number 2 than any player in the history of the computer rankings maintained by the ATP: 160 weeks.
  • Most weeks at No.2: 189 weeks
  • ATP World Tour Champion for the year 2008 & 2010
  • Quickest player to reach 400 wins by playing less than 500 matches (401-91)
  • Second Youngest player to reach 500 match wins aged 24 years 8 months, the youngest being Bjorn Borg at 23 years and 7 months.
  • Borg (6–0), Nadal (6–0) and Gustavo Kuerten (3–0) are the only players in the Open Era to never lose a French Open final while appearing in at least 3 finals.
  • Established a lead of 5245 points in October 2010, a record since the point values were doubled in 2009.
  • Nadal has earned the highest amount of prize money ever in a single season, $10,171,998, in 2010.
  • Winner of the 2010 Laureus Sportsman Award of the Year. Nadal had earlier won the 2006 Laureus Award for the World Newcomer of the Year. He was also nominated for the 2009 World Sportsman of the Year.
Winning streaks
  • Barcelona Open: Holds the record for the most consecutive wins - 5 (2005–2009) & most title wins – 6 (2005–2009, 2011).
  • Won 24 consecutive matches, the longest winning streak of any teenager in the open era, in 2005.
  • Longest single-surface winning streak in the Open Era: 81 matches on Clay Courts (11 April 2005 – 20 May 2007).