[222][223] Nadal ascended to No. He won a record 13 career French Open championships, and he was tied with Roger Federer for the most men’s singles Grand Slam titles (20). Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (Catalan: [rəf(ə)ˈɛl nəˈðal pəˈɾeɾə], Spanish: [rafaˈel naˈðal paˈɾeɾa]; born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player. At the Australian Open, Nadal recorded straight-sets wins in the first three rounds, before notching a tougher four-set win against Diego Schwartzman in the fourth round. Del Potro went on to claim the silver medal. He then rebounded to win the French Open for the third straight year, defeating Federer once again in the final. 1 spot. [204] Nadal then played at the 2020 Australian Open and won his first three matches in straight sets against Hugo Dellien, Federico Delbonis and Pablo Carreño Busta. After dropping the third set, Djokovic defeated Nadal in the fourth. Then at the French Open, Nadal won his 17th Grand Slam title. This was their 47th match, after which Djokovic led their head-to-head rivalry with 24 matches won. He won the titles at the Masters Series Monte Carlo, the Open Sabadell Atlántico in Barcelona, and the Masters Series Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, before losing to Roger Federer in the final of the Masters Series Hamburg. 1 players who Nadal defeated were, Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world No. Nadal remains a passionate Real Madrid supporter; ESPN.com writer Graham Hunter wrote, "He's as Merengue as [Real Madrid icons] Raúl, Iker Casillas and Alfredo Di Stéfano. 1 ranking from Andy Murray. "[333], The creation of the Fundación Rafa Nadal took place in November 2007, and its official presentation was in February 2008, at the Manacor Tennis Club in Mallorca, Spain. Between the tournaments in Barcelona and Rome, Nadal defeated Federer in the "Battle of Surfaces" exhibition match in Mallorca, Spain, with the tennis court being half grass and half clay.[37]. [285] Although his forehand is based on heavy topspin, he can hit the ball deep and flat with a more orthodox follow through for clean winners. These two changes in his serve increased his average speed by around 10 mph during the 2010 US Open, maxing out at 135 mph (217 km), allowing him to win more free points on his serve. Nadal began the year in India, where he was comprehensively beaten by Mikhail Youzhny in the final of the Chennai Open. 3.[29]. [46][227][228][229] Nadal is the only player who has competed and won against Federer in the final of a Grand Slam on all three surfaces (grass, hard, and clay). Rafa Nadal Shop. [101] In the Australian Open Nadal won his first four matches without dropping a set. Later that year, the 34th-ranked 17-year-old played the first of many matches against Roger Federer, then ranked No. 1 in the ATP rankings for 209 weeks, and has finished as the year-end No. The pair once met regularly at Grand Slam level, with nine out of their 23 meetings coming in Grand Slams, with Nadal leading 7–2 (3–0 at Wimbledon, 2–0 at the French Open, 1–1 at the Australian Open, and 1–1 at the US Open). [235] Djokovic also defeated Nadal in the 2011 US Open Final. This ended a streak of seven straight final losses to Djokovic. "[8] The decision to stay home meant less financial support from the federation; instead, Nadal's father covered the costs. Nadal defeated Federer in five sets to earn his first hard-court Grand Slam singles title,[55] making him the first Spaniard to win the Australian Open. AFP/Getty Images. 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After a long gap of 4 years, Nadal and Berdych’s last encounter was at the 2019 Australian Open R16. [189] He won his first tournament of the year in Rome, with a three-set win over Djokovic in the final. [25] By beating No. Ferrer's final grand slam match, however, ended in injury as he was forced to retire in the 2nd set against Nadal. Nach einer Verletzungspause von sechs Monaten gibt Rafael Nadal diese Woche in Abu Dhabi an einem Show-Turnier das Comeback. Nadal's serve was initially considered a weak point in his game, although his improvements in both first-serve points won and break points saved since 2005 have allowed him to consistently compete for and win major titles on faster surfaces. As in 2006, Nadal was upset in the quarterfinals. 1 ranking on four occasions. This page was last edited on 14 December 2020, at 09:56. [53], Nadal's first official ATP tour event for the year was the 250 series Qatar Open in Doha, where he lost in the quarterfinals to Gaël Monfils. He won his first match against Coric in straight sets but fell in the Round of 16 to Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov. [56], At the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Nadal lost in the final to second-seeded Andy Murray in three sets. [89] He and countryman López won the doubles title by defeating Daniele Bracciali and Andreas Seppi. [67] There, he lost in the quarterfinals to Juan Martín del Potro. By winning his first Wimbledon title, Nadal became the third man in the open era to win both the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year, after Rod Laver in 1969, and Borg in 1978–1980, (Federer later accomplished this the following year) as well as the second Spaniard to win Wimbledon. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Nadal defeated Fernando González of Chile in the final to win his first Olympic gold medal.[50]. Nadal began his clay-court season by winning the 2011 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters with the loss of just one set. Nadal broke Argentinian Guillermo Vilas's 29-year male record of 53 consecutive clay-court match victories by winning his first round match at the French Open. 1, 2019: Two major titles, year-end No. "Nadal" redirects here. The match was widely lauded as the greatest Wimbledon final ever, with some tennis critics even calling it the greatest match in tennis history.[45][46][47][48][49]. Day To Day. He heavily criticized the new blue-colored clay and threatened not to attend in the future if the surface was not changed back to red clay. [156] On 26 May, he became the eighth male player in tennis history to record 200 Grand Slam match wins, as he defeated Facundo Bagnis in straight sets in the second round of the Slam. Nadal lost the semifinal in four sets. Novak Djokovic and Nadal have met 56 times (more than any other pair in the Open Era) and Nadal leads 10–6 at the Grand Slams and trails 27–29 overall. Two months later, he reached the final of the 2005 Miami Masters, and despite being two points from a straight-sets victory, he was defeated in five sets by No. Nadal would later go on to lose the final to Djokovic in 5 sets. [151], In April he won his 28th Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo. [b] Nadal's records and evolution into an all-court champion have established him as one of the greatest players in tennis history,[c] with some former tennis players and analysts considering him to be the greatest tennis player of all time.[d]. [349], Nadal lived with his parents and younger sister María Isabel in a five-story apartment building in their hometown of Manacor, Mallorca. He had comparatively more success after returning to Europe to play five clay-court tournaments. Four of these matches were five-set matches (2007 and 2008 Wimbledon, 2009 and 2017 Australian Open), and the 2008 Wimbledon final has been lauded as the greatest match ever by many long-time tennis analysts. [62] He then won back to back titles in Barcelona and Rome Masters, defeating Ferrer and Djokovic respectively. 2 on 6 July 2009. [132] At the 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters, he was suffering from appendicitis. His tremendous record on clay continued as he beat compatriot David Ferrer in a three-set final to clinch his seventh title in eight years at the Barcelona Open. [216] Nadal then lost his semifinal match to eventual champion Daniil Medvedev in three sets. Bitte entschuldigen Sie die Unannehmlichkeiten. I want to congratulate the Thai people and congratulate the King for this unbelievable day. However the Spaniard was too good for the Czech in the final, and Nadal won in straight sets to take his 8th Grand Slam title. ", "Who's the best tennis player of all time? [186] Nadal withdrew from both Indian Wells and Miami due to a right hip injury. He was the first teenager to win a Grand Slam singles title since Pete Sampras won the 1990 US Open at age 19. With his victory in Rome, Nadal also regained the No. [353] In April 2014, he played the world's No. Nadal injured his shoulder during a quarterfinal match against Lleyton Hewitt at the Artois Championships, played on grass at the Queen's Club in London. 1 and the first to finish in the top spot four years since he last achieved the feat; he also broke a number of other historical records, all of which he broke again in 2019. After another quarterfinal loss at the Dubai Tennis Championships, he won the 2007 Indian Wells Masters, before Novak Djokovic defeated him in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Miami Masters. 1 Roger Federer. Nadal then played Federer in the final of Wimbledon for the third consecutive year, in the most anticipated match of their rivalry. However, Nadal suffered a back injury during the warm-up, which progressively worsened as the match wore on. Rafael Nadal Overview Bio Activity Win/Loss Titles and Finals Player Stats Rankings History Rankings Breakdown Rafael. Due to these achievements, many have called Nadal "The King of Clay",[a] and he is widely regarded as the greatest clay-court player in history. He did not participate in any doubles Challengers events. He did not reach any doubles finals. [148] Nadal's struggles continued when he lost in the second round of Wimbledon to Dustin Brown.[149]. ", "Nadal Ruthless On Serve To Reach Wimbledon Quarter-finals", "Carlos Moya On Rafael Nadal Improving Serve", "Is serve and volley dead? Nadal extended his winning streak by winning the China Open, winning the final against Nick Kyrgios in straight sets. [81] Nadal also competed in the doubles with Djokovic in a high-profile partnership between the world Nos. All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours. 1 ranking when Djokovic was also eliminated in the round-robin stage. After multiple meetings from 2012 to 2014, all of which were won by Nadal, the pair met again at the 2015 Australian Open quarterfinal. This was Federer's first five-set match at Wimbledon since 2001. In his semi-final matchup against Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal retired after losing the second set 6–2 due to knee pain. He beat Federer at the Masters Series Monte Carlo for the third straight year, capturing his Open Era record fourth consecutive title there. Nadal started his North American summer hard-court season by defeating Agassi in the final of the 2005 Canada Masters, but lost in the first round of the 2005 Cincinnati Masters. A day after the Monte Carlo final, Nadal traveled to Barcelona where he received a bye in the first round. Nadal is also, along with Agassi, one of two male tennis players to win the Olympic Gold in singles and the four Grand Slams in his career, a feat known as Career Golden Slam. The solidarity products from the RafaNadal Foundation, Copyright © 2019 Rafa Nadal Academy Shop  All Rights Reserved, *on national orders over 100€ and international orders over 150€, *on national orders over 100€ or international orders over 150€, I AGREE TO RECEIVE COMMERCIAL COMMUNICATIONS AND I UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THE. [287] Since the 2010 US Open, Nadal's serve speed dropped to previous levels and was again been cited as a need for improvement. Quotes. As the clay court season started, Nadal was seeded 2nd at the 2012 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. 1 ranking, 2009: Australian Open and Davis Cup titles, 2010: Grand Slam titles on three surfaces and Career Golden Slam, 2011: Sixth French Open title and Davis Cup crown, 2014: Ninth French Open title and injuries, 2015: Continued struggles and rankings drop, 2017: Two major titles and year-end No. Yandell concluded: The first guys we did were Sampras and Agassi. [41] He defeated Federer in the final for the third straight year, but this was the most lopsided of all their matches, as Nadal only lost four games and gave Federer his first bagel since 1999.