Rafael Nadal: personal life, career, photo
Rafael Nadal - Spanish tennis player, fourteen times winner of tournaments of the Grand Slam series, winner of the career Golden Slam in singles, the former first racket of the world in the ATP rankings. Now it is in the top 5 of the world classification of players. The Spaniard is a fairly versatile tennis player, but the ground is considered ideal for him. In sports circles, Nadal even has a nickname - "King of the soil." Experts of the game, as well as partners of Raphael in tennis, rightly consider him one of the best players of our time.
Rafael Nadal: personal life and facts from the biography
Raphael was born in 1986 in the Balearic Islands (Mallorca). The boy's father was a businessman, his mother was a housewife. Love for tennis instilled in him an uncle named Tony (the current coach). We can say that his sports biography began at the age of three. As a child, Rafael Nadal was also a frequent guest at football stadiums in Spain, where one more boy’s uncle, Miguel Angel Nadal, performed on a professional level.
With his current girlfriend, Maria Pascual, Raphael is familiar from school. A couple together from 2005.
In addition to tennis, Rafael loves to play golf, is an avid fan of Real Madrid and the Spanish national football team.
Nadal performs in the Nike brand outfit. In the early years of his career he preferred to play in a t-shirt, currently he trains and plays in a regular T-shirt. It is noteworthy that in one season the Spanish tennis player changes several pairs of sneakers, but the right one of them always features a name inscription - Rafa.
The Spanish tennis player is very proud of his native Manacor, where he lived with his parents and sister. At the age of 14, the Spanish Tennis Federation offered the young athlete to move to Barcelona and pay for his training, but Rafael, after consulting with his uncle and coach, decided to stay in his hometown.
Spaniard Rafael Nadal started playing tennis at a professional level at the age of 15, and at 16 he was already playing at Wimbledon Junior. At the same youthful level, he helped the national team of his country win the Davis Cup.
Since then, Nadal has already held more than a thousand official matches, in eight hundred of which he won. At the moment, the Spaniard has about 70 titles obtained in international tournaments.
The best achievement of the tennis player in the ATP ranking is the first position that the Spaniard held from 2008 to 2009. Also, on the account of Rafael Nadal more than two hundred duels in doubles, but in this kind of competition Rafa did not win fame.
A good friend outside the tennis court and the main opponent of Nadal is Roger Federer. The confrontation of the Spaniard with the Swiss sports experts called one of the greatest in the history of the game. Tennis players alternately held the first position in the world rankings from 2005 to 2010, and from 2006 to 2008, athletes met each other in the finals of Wimbledon and the French Open.
To date, Nadal and Federer have held 37 official meetings among themselves, in which the Spaniard won 23 victories.
In addition to fights with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal’s confrontation with Englishman Andy Murray and Serb Novak Djokovic is of particular interest to viewers.
Rafael Nadal continues to perform at a professional level, but now he has a track record that almost any tennis player can envy. In the Grand Slam series, the Spaniard won the following tournaments: the Australian Open, twice the Wimbledon Tournament and the US Open, and nine times experienced a triumph in France. In addition, Nadal has 27 won Masters series tournaments and four wins in the popular tournament of national teams - the Davis Cup, where Rafael defended the colors of the Spanish national team.
Interestingly, the Spaniard holds the record for the number of matches won in a row on one surface. This is a unique phenomenon for playing tennis. Rafael Nadal won 81 victories on his favorite ground. It is also noteworthy that this series was interrupted by the eternal opponent of Rafa - Swiss tennis player Roger Federer.
Style of play
Rafael Nadal is rightly considered one of the most enduring and physically strong tennis players. He has an aggressive style of play and a strong feed with top spin. The weak spot of the Spaniard used to be called the game under the net, but in recent years, Nadal has significantly improved this component of the game, diversifying his performances and making them more spectacular.