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Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal serving during the 2011 French Open
Personal information
NameRafael Nadal
Full nameRafael Nadal Parera
CountrySpain Spain
ResidenceManacor, Majorca, Spain
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro2001
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
Career prize money$43,780,677
Singles
Career record537 114 (82.49%)
Career titles46
Highest rankingNo. 1 (18 August 2008)
Current rankingNo. 2 (10 October 2011)
Grand Slam results
Australian OpenW (2009)
French OpenW (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)
WimbledonW (2008, 2010)
US OpenW (2010)
Major tournaments
Tour FinalsF (2010)
Olympic GamesGold medal (2008)
Doubles
Career record91 57
Career titles7
Highest rankingNo. 26 (8 August 2005)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2004, 2005)
Wimbledon2R (2005)
US OpenSF (2004)

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Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (-carəˈfɛɫ nəˈðaɫ pəˈɾeɾəlang; -esrafaˈel naˈðal paˈɾeɾalang) (born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player and a former World No. 1. , he is ranked No. 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time; his success on clay has earned him the nickname "The King of Clay", and has prompted many experts to regard him as the greatest clay court player of all time.

Nadal has won ten Grand Slam singles titles, including six French Open titles, the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, a record 19 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, and also was part of the Spain Davis Cup team that won the finals in 2004, 2008 and 2009. He completed the career Grand Slam by winning the 2010 US Open, being the seventh player in history, and the youngest in the open era, to achieve it. He is the second male player to complete the Career Golden Slam (winner of the four grand slams and the Olympic Gold medal) after only Andre Agassi.

Nadal had a 32-match winning streak in 2008, starting at the 2008 Masters Series Hamburg to the 2008 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women's Open, which included titles at Hamburg, the French Open (where he did not drop a set), Queen's Club, his first title at Wimbledon, and the Rogers Cup. In 2011, by winning the Monte Carlo Masters, he became the only player to have won seven editions of a tournament in a row at the ATP level. Nadal was ranked world No. 2, behind Roger Federer, for a record 160 consecutive weeks before earning the top spot, which he held from 18 August 2008 to 5 July 2009. He regained the world No.1 ranking on 7 June 2010, after winning his fifth French Open title. He held it until 3 July 2011, when Novak Djokovic replaced him as world No. 1.


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