Rafael Nadal

One of the world's top-ranked tennis players for over a decade, Spanish-born Rafael Nadal amassed a staggering amount of titles, including the record for most French Open wins, a 2008 Olympic gold medal and a Career ... Read more »
Born: 06/03/1986 in Manacor, Baleric Islands, , ES

Filmography

Actor (2)

Live! with Kelly 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Biography

One of the world's top-ranked tennis players for over a decade, Spanish-born Rafael Nadal amassed a staggering amount of titles, including the record for most French Open wins, a 2008 Olympic gold medal and a Career Golden Slam, all before reaching his 30th year. A fast, aggressive athlete with a formidable serve and topspin, Nadal's style served him well against some of the best names in the game, including fellow No. 1 players Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, with whom he enjoyed some of the most thrilling court rivalries of the 2000s, including storied matches at Wimbledon, the French Open and U.S. Open. On occasion, Nadal's strength and tenacity, especially on the clay courts that yielded some of his greatest wins, actually hindered his play through recurring injuries that forced him to drop out of significant matches and in one case, yield his No. 1 status to Federer. These setbacks had a deleterious effect on Nadal's career in 2011 and 2012, resulting in his drop from No. 1 to No. 4 in the world, and he spent much of 2012 and beyond rebuilding his standing on the international circuit one match at a time. Nadal's intense court presence and exceptional body of titles and accolades, which placed him in the company of such legendary figures as Federer, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg in regard to record numbers of wins, cemented his position as one of the most accomplished figures in modern world tennis.

Milestones

2016

Withdrew from the French Open due to a wrist injury and subsequently opted out of competing in the 2016 Wimbledon Championships

2015

Ended a 10-year streak by failing to win at least one major in 2015

2014

Defeated Novak Djokovic for his ninth French Open title

2013

Won his second U.S. Open title

2013

Won his eighth French Open title

2012

Won seventh French Open title

2011

Modeled for Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans

2010

Won first U.S. Open title against Novak Djokovic

2009

Appeared as the face of Lanvin's L'Homme Sport cologne

2008

Won first Wimbledon men's singles title after beating Federer

2008

Defeated Fernando González of Chile in tennis final to win gold medal at Summer Olympic Games in Beijing China

2006

Defeated Roger Federer in their first meeting in a Grand Slam final at the French Open

2004

Became youngest player to register a singles victory in a Davis Cup final for a winning nation

2001

Defeated former Grand Slam champion Pat Cash in a clay-court exhibition match

Bonus Trivia

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Turned down funding from the Spanish tennis federation at the age of 14 after they suggested he moved to Barcelona for training

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Became a shareholder in RCD Mallorca, his local football team, in order to relieve their debt

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Published his autobiography, Nada, in 2011

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Paid tribute by CBS TV series "Amazing Race" (2001- ) with episode filmed in his home town of Mallorca

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