Rafael Nadal, in full Rafael Nadal Parera, byname Rafa Nadal, (conceived June 3, 1986, Manacor, Mallorca, Spain), Spanish tennis player who rose in the early 21st century as one of the game's driving rivals, particularly noted for his presentation on earth. He won a record 12 career French Open titles.
Nadal experienced childhood in a games disapproved of family; his uncle Miguel Angel Nadal was an expert association football (soccer) player who contended in the 2002 World Cup. Rafael started playing tennis at age four, guided by another uncle, Toni Nadal, who remained his mentor on the expert visit. In his early years, Nadal (who composed with his correct hand) played left-gave tennis with both a two-gave forehand and strike. When he was 12, be that as it may, his uncle urged him to receive an increasingly ordinary left-gave style. Nadal stayed with his two-gave strike yet changed to what turned into his mark one-gave forehand, the stroke that was credited with lifting him into the game's more elite classes.
Nadal, who authoritatively turned proficient in 2001, had showed up in just a single Grand Slam competition as a lesser contender when he achieved the elimination rounds at the 2002 Wimbledon titles. He started his expert career vigorously the following year, breaking into the main 50 on the planet. In 2004 he assumed a significant job in Spain's destruction of the United States in the Davis Cup last. Toppling Andy Roddick—at that point number two on the planet—in a four-set opening-day singles conflict, Nadal turned into the most youthful player (at 18 years a half year) in the historical backdrop of the international group rivalry to win a singles coordinate for a triumphant nation.
Driving his forehand with a devastatingly powerful overwhelming topspin and covering the court with energetic willingness, Nadal rapidly ended up one of the top players on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) visit. He additionally built up a contention with world number one Roger Federer. In 2005 Nadal set a record for an adolescent male player by enrolling 11 competition triumphs, including a triumph at his French Open (Roland Garros) debut, when he upset Federer in the elimination rounds. The following year, Nadal verified five additional titles on the ATP visit, including his second in a row French Open win—this time besting Federer in the last. He likewise achieved his first last on the grass at Wimbledon before tumbling to Federer.
In 2007 Nadal expanded his triumphs on mud surfaces to a record 81 continuous matches before losing to Federer on May 20 in the last of the ATP Masters Series Hamburg (Germany). In the wake of ricocheting back to win his third title at Roland Garros, Nadal lost to Federer in a tiring five-set Wimbledon last enduring 3 hours 45 minutes. The two met indeed in the 2008 French Open last, where Nadal overwhelmed Federer to win his fourth straight competition title, tying Björn Borg's record for continuous French Open successes. Nadal and Federer met in a third back to back Wimbledon last in 2008. This time Nadal won his fifth career Grand Slam title—in a five-set match enduring 4 hours 48 minutes, the longest men's singles last in Wimbledon history—and accordingly turned into the primary man since Borg (1980) to gather both the French Open and the Wimbledon title around the same time. In August 2008 Nadal won the men's singles gold award at the Olympic Games in Beijing, and he assumed control over the main world positioning from Federer around the same time.
In 2009 Nadal won his first Australian Open title after he again bested Federer in an emotional five-set last match. He set a record for successive successes at the French Open the next May, which was then broken at 31 when Nadal was disturbed in the fourth round of the competition. Toward the finish of the 2009 tennis season, Nadal helped Spain clear the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup last. His strength of the French Open returned in 2010 when he effectively won the occasion for the fifth time in his career, which he pursued by winning his second Wimbledon title in July of that year. In September he won his first U.S. Open and consequently finished a career Grand Slam by having won every one of the four of the pummel's part competitions. In 2011 Nadal caught his 6th career French Open title, besting Federer in the last. In the wake of losing the following three back to back Grand Slam finals to Novak Djokovic, Nadal turned around course and crushed Djokovic in the 2012 French Open last to break Borg's record for the men's French Open singles titles. He included another French title in 2013, turning into the primary man to win a similar Grand Slam singles occasion multiple times. Soon thereafter he caught a moment career U.S. Open singles title. In 2014 he won a ninth French Open title.
Nadal was tormented by wounds all through the rest of the 2014 season, and he attempted to recuperate his structure in 2015. During that year, he neglected to win a Grand Slam title, finishing his record dash of having caught in any event one noteworthy competition in 10 straight years. His best execution at a Grand Slam in 2016 was only a fourth-round disposal at the U.S. Open, however Nadal picked up a proportion of reclamation by catching his second career Olympic gold decoration at the Rio de Janeiro Games. He progressed to his first Grand Slam last in three years at the 2017 Australian Open, where he lost an exciting five-set match to Federer. Nadal finished his Grand Slam title dry spell when he won a tenth career French Open title in June 2017. A quarter of a year later he won his third U.S. Open singles title. At the 2018 Australian Open, Nadal was compelled to pull back in the quarterfinals in view of damage, however he recouped so as to guarantee another French Open title, which was his seventeenth Grand Slam title. Subsequent to losing the Australian Open last in 2019, Nadal proceeded with his predominance at Roland Garros that year by catching his twelfth career French Open singles title.