Rafael Nadal Biography

Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (IPA: [rafa'el na'ðal]) (born in Manacor, Mallorca, Spain, June 3, 1986, age 25 years) is a professional tennis player from Spain.
After two world ranked for 158 weeks, on August 18, 2008 he became the first world-ranked tennis player Roger Federer replaced. The rating is survived until July 6, 2009 when Federer won Wimbledon and again become world number one. He also had another number one ranking on June 7, 2010 to the present.

Nadal Grand Slam champion as much as ten times, has won the French Open men's singles titles (2005-2008) four times in a row. After scoring a record 31 consecutive victories at the French Open, Nadal defeated for the first time in the tournament in fourth round match against Robin Soderling in 2009. He won the Wimbledon title in 2008 and 2010. In 2008 by beating Federer after losing in 2006 and 2007 from Federer, while in 2010 by beating Tomáš Berdych.

Nadal holds a record 32 consecutive wins in 2008. In 2011, by winning the Monte Carlo Masters, he became the first player to win seven successive editions in ATP levels. Nadal was ranked No.. 2 the world, behind Roger Federer, for a record 160 consecutive weeks prior to reaching the top. Nadal was ranked No.. One of the world since August 18, 2008 until July 5, 2009. Nadal again rose to the rank of No.. One of the world since June 7, 2010, after winning his fifth French Open title. He survived until July 3, 2011, when he replaces Novak Djokovic was ranked No.. One of the world.

The early years
Nadal was born in Manacor, Mallorca. His father named Sebastián Nadal and Ana María Parera his mother, he also has a sister named María Isabel. His father owned a restaurant and glass-making business. His uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal, is a football player who has retired, had once played for RCD Mallorca, FC Barcelona, ​​and Spain national football team.

Although Nadal plays left-handed, in fact he is not left-handed. When he was young, his coach, Toni Nadal, decided that the two-handed backhand would benefit from a strong right arm, so Toni taught Rafael to play with his left hand.

Not until Nadal was 12 years old, he decided a career in tennis instead of football. On May 2001, when 14-year-old Nadal, tennis player Pat Cash played an exhibition match on the clay surface against it. Cash objection against Nadal, because Boris Becker was the one who actually scheduled to be his opponent. However, Cash lost in this game with a little difference.

In 2002, Nadal is the new 15-year-old won his first ATP match, defeating Ramon Delgado in Majorca. He also became the ninth player in the open era to win an ATP match before the 16 th anniversary.
In 2003, Nadal became the second youngest player to enter the world's top 100 singles player. At the end of 2003, Nadal into the top 50, winning two Challenger titles. At his Wimbledon debut, Nadal, 17, became the youngest male player to reach the third round since Boris Becker (16 years in 1984).

At the 2005 Australian Open, Nadal reached the fourth round and cornered Lleyton Hewitt, who often became runner-up, to five sets. Two months later, he reached the final of the Miami Masters tournament. Nadal only two more points to earn the victory in straight sets, but was defeated in five sets by player no. One of the world, Roger Federer.

Switching to the surface of the clay season, Nadal won two ATP Masters Series event in Monte Carlo, and Rome. At the time, Nadal has won 24 consecutive games, the longest winning streak record at teenagers in the open era, defeating Andre Agassi's record total of 23 games in 1988. In May 2005, Nadal has reached the top 5 in world rankings, becoming the youngest player to enter the top 10 since Andrei Medvedev in 1993.
Nadal follows his first French Open as one of the favorites. He beat two local hopes, Sebastien Grosjean and Richard Gasquet, to reach the semifinals. At the birthday-19, he defeated Federer in the semifinals, preventing Federer to reach the career slam. Two days later, he became the youngest French Open champion to-4 in the open era, defeating Argentina, Matiano Puerta in the final. Nadal becomes the seventh player to win the Grand Slam in his first appearance at the event in question, and the first since Agassi, Australian Open in 1995. He also became the first teenager to win a Grand Slam men's singles title since Pete Sampras won the U.S. Open in 1990 at age 19. Nadal is the first teenager to win at least six titles in one year since Agassi in 1988 at age 18.

Three days after his victory in Paris, deprived of the tournament winning streak of grass pan Halle, Germany, where he was defeated by the German Alexander Waske in the first round.

Nadal started the hardcourt season by defeating Agassi in the final Masters Canada. Nadal seeded second in the U.S. Open but was eliminated in the third round by American James Blake in four sets. After the U.S. Open, Nadal won two more hard court tournaments. In September, he defeated Guillermo Coria in the final of China Open in Beijing, and in October, he won his fourth Masters Series event, defeating Ivan Ljubicic in five sets at the Madrid Masters final. Nadal then suffered a foot injury that kept him out of the Tennis Masters Cup in 2005 and early 2006, including missing the Australian Open. Nadal collected a total of 11 ATP titles, and four Masters Series event. He won 79 games in 2005, no. 2 after Federer (81).


The rivalry between Nadal and Federer continued until 2006. On March 2006, Nadal gave Federer his first defeat in 2006 at the final in Dubai, winning 2-6 6-4 6-4. Nadal defeated Federer again at the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-2 6-7 6-3 7-6.
The two met again in Rome Masters final. In the match, Federer seems to be finally defeated his rival, but Nadal ended up winning by saving two match points. The match ended with Nadal winning 6-7 7-6 6-4 2-6 7-6.

Nadal broke the record that Argentina's Guillermo Vilas's winning streak on clay tennis courts as much as 53 times after defeating Robin Soderling in the first round of the French Open in 2006. With the victory, Nadal was presented a trophy containing the cross section of clay construction. Vilas present at the ceremony, although Vilas Nadal refused to consider a record as good as his own record (which was made in a season).
French Open final is awaited, the fight between world rank 1 rank 2 Federer against Nadal. For Federer, French Open is the only Grand Slam he has not won. If Federer can win the French Open, he will reach the career Slam, and even won a fourth consecutive Grand Slam. For Nadal, he must win the French Open to defend his title, dominating winning record over Federer, who was remarkable, no player other than Nadal who could make such a winning record against Federer. By returning to win the French Open, Nadal will also extend the winning streak record on clay.

Although Nadal is the favorite based on his ability on clay, Federer is favored by the French audience. All of them expect a very competitive game, as the match between Nadal and Federer in the last three Masters Series tournaments. Two sets are not too competitive, they exchange the set 6-1. Nadal then began to surpass Federer in the third and fourth nearly the entire set. Federer finally pulled Nadal break serve, in the fourth set when Nadal was serving for the match and forced a tiebreak, which Nadal finally won.

With the clay court season is undefeated in 2006, Nadal established himself as the dominant clay court player in the world and as the only players who can beat Federer consistently.
Entering the grass court season, Nadal followed Stella Artois at Queens Club. He retired with shoulder injury against Lleyton Hewitt in the quarterfinals of Stella Artois. Nadal follow the Wimbledon as second seed. Nadal is able to reach the final, and secured the match with Roger Federer by beating Marcos Baghdatis in the semifinals.

During his travels in Wimbledon 2006, Nadal was going to lose two more points against American player Robert Kendrick in the second round before finally returning to win in five sets. Nadal also defeated Andre Agassi in the third round, in Agassi's last match at Wimbledon. Seven out of the race Nadal / Federer has always played either on hard courts or clay courts. Wimbledon final this time it was their first meeting on grass, Federer's favorite surface. Federer now has won Wimbledon three times in a row. Though Nadal played well in the final after a poor start, he eventually lost in four sets 0-6 6-7 7-6 3-6 Federer ensure the position as no. 1 in the world. Although defeated, Nadal has exceeded expectations by reaching the finals everyone, won the match in the tournament more than he ever won on the grass before (he had previously 3-3).
In the 2006 U.S. Open, Nadal reached the quarterfinals, where he was beaten by Russian tennis player Mikhail Youzhny in four sets, which is also the best achievements during the tournament.

Nadal failed, reaching the third round of the next tournament, the Stockholm Open, where he lost to Joachim Johansson 6-4 7-6. Nadal also lost in the Madrid Masters quarter-final against Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-6 for the third time. After the match, Nadal blamed mental and physical fatigue as the cause of his defeat.

Nadal participated in the Tennis Masters Cup after a hiatus. In the initial round robin round, Nadal defeated James Blake, but finally able to beat Nikolay Davydenko and Tommy Robredo. Nadal became the runner-up group, and against Roger Federer in the semifinals. Nadal lost in straight sets 7-5 6-4. This is Nadal's third defeat in nine meetings with Federer.


Nadal started in 2007 by reaching the semi-finals of Chennai Open in India, where he lost to Xavier Malisse 6-4 7-6. In the next tournament in Sydney, Australia, Nadal retired from his first match against Chris Guccione due to injury. At the Australian Open 2007, Nadal beat Andy Murray 6-7 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals, and eventually knocked out by the Chilean tennis player Fernando Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 6 -3.

In the quarterfinals of Dubai Tennis Championships, Nadal defeated again by Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 6-2. After that defeat, he was playing in the Indian Wells Masters or the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, defeating Novak Djokovic 6-2 7-5 in the final. However, in the Miami Masters or Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, defeated Nadal in the quarterfinals by tenth seeded and subscriptions winner, Đjoković 6-3, 6-4.

Nadal beat Federer in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters 6-4 6-4. This is Nadal's third title in a row, the first since Ilie Nastase in 1971-73. Nadal went on a hat-trick with another hat-trick in Opean Seat in Barcelona, ​​Spain, defeating Guillermo Cañas in the final. In the Rome Masters, Nadal again scored a hat-trick, beating Fernando Gonzalez in the final 6-2 6-2 to become the first man to win the Rome Masters three consecutive times. Nadal also follow the other clay court tournament in Hamburg is the Hamburg Masters. However, the record for consecutive wins on clay Nadal ends in the final of Hamburg, where he defeated Roger Federer 2-6 6-2 6-0.

Federer beat Nadal again in French Open final 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, to win three consecutive titles at Roland Garros.
In preparation for Wimbledon, Nadal returned to play at Queen's Club Championships, where he managed to advance to the quarterfinals but was defeated by Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 7-5 7-6 (0).

At Wimbledon 2007, Nadal broke through the final for the second time, after a year before he broke through the final round. Nadal was almost eliminated in the third and fourth rounds, but eventually he won the marathon five-set match. He then against Tomáš Berdych in the quarterfinals, he was able to beat in three straight sets. Nadal to meet Djokovic in a match semifinalnya, and managed to escape because Djokovic withdrew early in the third set, though Djokovic had won the first set. In the final, Federer and Nadal meet again defeated by Federer in 5 sets the length of the match 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2.


Year 2008 can be regarded as one of the best years of her tennis career Nadal. Nadal won the French Open again for the fourth time in succession. He then won the Artois Championship just a week after winning the French Open. Nadal called unexpected titles. Later, Nadal entered his third Wimbledon final, Federer again faced with. In the game as far as 4 hours 48 minutes punctuated by rain and long rallies and captivating of the two, Nadal finally beat Federer in five-set match that was mentioned as one of the best Wimbledon finals.

Nadal became the first player since Bjorn Borg era that can reconcile the title at the French Open and Wimbledon. After Wimbledon, Nadal followed the Beijing Olympic Games as an Olympic first. Here, he won a gold medal after beating Djokovic in the semifinals and Fernando Gonzalez in the final. Nadal was confirmed as a champion who could win the tournament in a row in a different field. Furthermore, Nadal also won the Rogers Cup, Montreal by beating veteran Nicholas Kiefer in the final. At the end of the 2008 season, Nadal was forced to resign because of injury. He missed a chance for Spain in the Davis Cup final and also the Masters Cup championship as the top of the ATP Masters Series. Nadal crowned champion of the ATP World Tour Champion 2008 for his achievements throughout the 2008.


Nadal started in 2009 by following an exhibition in Abu Dhabi, 2009 Capitala World Tennis Championship. Nadal beat Nikolay Davydenko in the semifinals, then defeated by Andy Murray in the final.
Nadal then follow the Qatar ExxonMobil Open as top seed. In the first round, Nadal beat Fabrice Santoro 6-0 6-1. After the match, Nadal was awarded the 2008 ATP World Tour Champion trophy. Nadal then beat Karol Beck against Gael Monfils before losing 6-4 6-4.
Nadal then followed the opening of the Grand Slam Australian Open. Nadal has not lost a setpun his way to the semifinals. In the semifinals, Nadal to meet with compatriot Fernando Verdasco tennis player with a phenomenal champion Andy Murray beat the favorite. Nadal match with Verdasco lasted for 5 hours 14 minutes, made history as the longest Australian Open match. This match ended with Nadal winning 6-7 (4) 6-4 7-6 (2) 6-7 (1) 6-4.

Nadal to meet with Roger Federer for the fifth time in Grand Slam finals and this is the first time they met in Grand Slam hard court. Nadal beat Federer 7-5 3-6 7-6 (3) 3-6 6-2 to earn his first Australian Open title. Nadal also became the first Spanish player to win the Australian Open, and became one of the few players capable of winning the Grand Slam in three different field types.
At the French Open Grand Slam which is a palace, tragically defeated Nadal in the fourth round by the non-seeded players from Sweden, Robin Soderling through a bout 4 sets with a score of 2-6 7-6 4-6 6-7. This is his first defeat at Roland Garros since his debut in 2005. Sementra closest rival, Roger Federer winning the French Open after beating Rafael Nadal passenger, Robin Soderling in the final.
At a decisive moment will convening a grand slam at Wimbledon, Nadal took the controversial decision to not take part in this tournament due to injury tenditis on both knees. Without the presence of Nadal, Federer is so automatic The main challenger for this prestigious title. What many people predicted it correctly. At this tournament Federer cruised into the final of Wimbledon 7 times in a row. In the final Federer faces Andy Roddick and ended with the score 6-7 7-6 7-6 3-6 16-14. Nadal suffering did not stop there. After failing to defend his title automatically, Nadal had to lose his throne as the world No. 1 men's tennis player who now occupied Federer with 985 points margin rate. Federer Nadal collected 11 220 points while collecting 10 235 points.


Nadal started in 2010 by participating in the tournament Capitala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, UAE Unit. He beat compatriot David Ferrer 7-6 (3), 7-5 in the finals and win this tournament.
Nadal then participate in the ATP Qatar ExxonMobil Open 250 in Doha, but he lost in the finals. He beat Simone Bolelli of Italy 6-3, 6-3 in the first round, and then in the second round he beat Potito Starace 6-2, 6-2. Might Nadal continues, in the quarterfinals he defeated Steve Darcis 6-1, 2-0 which unfortunately had to resign. He defeated fifth-seeded Victor Troicki 6-1, 6-3, Nadal won 11 consecutive games in this match. Nadal beat Nikolay Davydenko in the final 6-0, 6-7 (8), 4-6. Earlier, in the semifinals Roger Federer beat Davydenko also.

In the first round of Australian Open, Nadal defeated Peter Luczak 7-6 (0), 6-1, 6-4, in the second round, he beat Lukas Lacko 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. in the third round, he defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in a battle with four sets 6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. In the fourth round, he beat Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. In the quarter-finals, Nadal lost to Andy Murray 3-6, 6-7, 0-3. Nadal withdrew from the tournament with a knee injury, doctors say that Nadal should rest two weeks, and then rehab for 2 weeks.

Nadal reached the semifinals in the singles tournament at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which he juarai tournament last year; However, Ivan Ljubicic defeated in battle three sets. He and his compatriot Lopez won the doubles title after beating the pair Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic. After Indian Wells, Nadal reached the semifinals of the tournament Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, but he lost three-set match against Andy Roddick
Nadal won the Monte-Carlo tournament Rolex Masters in Monaco, after defeating his compatriot Fernando Verdasco in the final 6-0, 6-1. He lost 14 games in five matches in this tournament. With this victory, Nadal became the first player in the open era to win six consecutive tournament title.

Unlike previous years, Nadal chose to skip the tournament in Barcelona (apart from the earlier he had won this tournament five times), and chose to follow the Internazionali BNL d'Italia tournament. He beat Philipp Kohlschreiber, Victor Hanescu, and Stanlias Wawrinka, everything is just two sets, to win 57 consecutive games since April. In the semifinals, he faced Ernests Gulbis, who had beaten Roger Federer at the beginning of the tournament and making Nadal had to work hard to defeat him in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in 2 hours and 40 minutes. In the final he beat David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2 for his fifth title in Rome.

Nadal then Mutua Madrilena Madrid tournament Open, where he managed a runner-up last year. Because he is seeded eighth, he got a bye in the first round. In the second half, he beat Alexander Dolgopolov kualfikasi with 2 sets. Then in the third round he beat American plays the body 206 cm John Isner 7-5, 6-4. He beat Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals 6-1, 6-3 and compatriot Nicolas Almagro in the semi-finals 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Finally, in the final of the toughest rival Nadal beat Roger Federer 6-4, 7-6 (5). This victory gave him his 18th Masters, breaking the record of all time. He became the first player to win three Masters tournaments on clay in a year and the first player to win three consecutive Masters tournament.
Entered the French Open, many people expect Nadal-Federer match in the Final. Unfortunately, this is impossible because Federer beat Robin Soderling 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. Failure to make Nadal Federer reaches semi-finals to become world stars. One of the world if he managed to win this grand slam. Nadal advanced to the finals and beat Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to win the French Open grand slam this. This win gave Nadal his seventh grand slam title, making the series with John McEnroe, John Newcombe and Mats Wilander in the list of all-time record. With this victory, Nadal became the first male tennis player who won three Masters Series on clay and the French Open.

In June, Nadal AEGON Championships tournament, a tournament he won in 2008. He played singles and doubles in this tournament as a warm grass before Wimbledon. Because he is one of eight top seed, she received a bye in the first round. In the second half, when he played in his first grass court tournament since winning Wimbledon in 2008, he beat Marcos Daniel with a comfortable 6-2, 6-2. In the third round, he defeated Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4, so he qualified for the quarterfinals. However, he lost to compatriot Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (5), 4-6.
At Wimbledon, Nadal beat Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. Nadal was forced to try hard to win against Robin Haase 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3. He beat Philipp Petzschner in the third round with a score of 5 sets 6-4, 4-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3. During the match with Petzschner, Nadal had been warned twice by receiving training from his coach and uncle Toni Nadal, resulting in a fine of $ 2000 of Wimbledon. He met Paul-Henri Mathieu in the fourth round and beat him easily 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. In the quarterfinals, he met and defeated Robin Soderling 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1. He beat Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6, 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon final four.

Nadal won Wimbledon in 2010 after beating Tomáš Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. After the win, Nadal said: "It's more than just a dream for me". This victory gave him a second Wimbledon title and eighth Grand Slam title Katika 24 years old. This victory also gave Nadal "Old World Triple" first: get the last player is Björn Borg in 1978 ("Old World Triple was given the award after winning the Italian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in the same year).

On the hard court tournament (hard-court) since Wimbledon, Nadal Rogers Cup qualifying for the semifinals, with No.. 2 Novak Djokovic, No.. 3 Roger Federer, No.. 4 Andy Murray. Nadal beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. In the semifinals, defending champion Andy Murray beat Nadal 6-3, 6-4. Berikutna Sunday, Nadal is the top seed in the Cincinnati Masters, but lost in the quarterfinals of the 2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis.

In the 2010 U.S. Open, Nadal is the top seed for the second time in three years. He beat Teymuraz Gabashvili, Denis Istomin, Gilles Simon, seeded no. 23 Feliciano Lopez, seeded no. 8 Fernando Verdasco, and seeded no. 12 Mikhail Youzhny all without dropping a set, to reach her first U.S. Open final, becoming the eighth player in the Open Era to reach the final for all the grand slam, and at the age of 24 years the second youngest player ever to do it, after Jim Courier. In the final, he beat Djokovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

Record and winning streak

Nadal is the record holder of men in the open era to the most consecutive wins on one surface. This record took place between his defeat to Igor Andreev in April 2005 and Roger Federer in May 2007, he has won 81 matches on clay. So he surpassed John McEnroe's record by 75 games in the indoor carpet surface.

Nadal has been ranked second in a row longer than any player in the history of the ATP computer ranking.
Nadal is one of only two people who won the French Open on debut (2005), the first being Mats Wilander in 1982. Nadal also successfully defended his title in 2006 and 2007, he was also able to win 21 games in a row for participating in the French Open.

At the age of 19 years 1 month 22 days, Nadal became the third teenager in the history of the ATP computer rankings (since 1973) who achieved 2 world ranking followed Boris Becker (age 18 years 9 months 17 days) and Björn Borg (age 18 years 10 months 2 days) as the only teenager who achieved 2 world ranking.

Nadal became the only player who has won the Grand Slam men's singles final against no. 1 Roger Federer. The victory was obtained from the French Open in 2006 and 2007 and Wimbledon in 2008. Federer has a 11-2 record in Grand Slam men's singles final, including two victories over Nadal at Wimbledon 2006 and 2007.

Nadal is the only active player who has a winning record head-to-head against Federer. Nadal over Federer ahead 8-5 (6-1 on clay, 2-2 on hard courts, and 0-2 on grass).

Nadal's French Open victory in 2007 made him the first player since Bjorn Borg (1978-81) who won the French Open for three consecutive years.
In 2006, Nadal and Federer became the only two male players in the open era to reach the Wimbledon final after both competed in the final of the French Open just a month earlier. There are some men who reached the Wimbledon final after successfully penetrating into the French Open final, but never the two men managed to reach the final of Wimbledon and French Open. Nadal and Federer to meet again at the French Open and Wimbledon finals in 2007 and 2008.

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