Rafael Nadal King Of Clay
Sport News 2012 - Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera (born in Manacor, Mallorca, Spain, June 3, 1986, age 25 years) is a Spanish professional tennis player.

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 to survive until July 6, 2009 when Federer won Wimbledon and again become world number one. He went back to be ranked one of the world on June 7, 2010 to present.

Grand Slam champion Nadal is 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 lost 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 is one of the best tennis player of all time and the best clay tennis player of all time.

Nadal holds the record for consecutive victories on one particular surface of the male players in the open era. From April 2005 until May 2007, he has won 81 games on the clay surface, respectively. This record starts since Nadal defeated by Igor Andreev in Valencia, and then stopped Federer in Hamburg in the final three sets.

The early years
Rafael Nadal

Nadal was born in Manacor, Mallorca. His father named Sebastian and his mother Ana María; he also had 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 the Spanish national football team.

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

Not until Nadal was 12 years old, he decided for a career in tennis instead of football. In 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 match with a little difference.

Rafael Nadal Career History


In 2002, Nadal's 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 16th anniversary.

In 2003, Nadal became the second youngest player into the world's top 100 singles player. At the end of 2003, Nadal entered 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 Australian Open 2005, 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 get the victory in straight sets, but then was defeated in five sets by a player no. One of the world, Roger Federer.
Rafael Nadal 2009

Switching to the surface of the clay season, Nadal won two ATP Masters Series event in Monte Carlo, and Rome. At that time, Nadal has won 24 consecutive games, the longest winning streak record at teenagers in the open era, defeating Andre Agassi's record of 23 games in 1988. In May 2005, Nadal has reached the top 5 in world rankings, becoming the youngest player to get into the top 10 since Andrei Medvedev in 1993.

Nadal follows his first French Open as one of the favorites. She beat two local hopes, Sebastien Grosjean and Richard Gasquet, to reach the semifinals. On the birthday of the 19th, 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, seized by a tournament win streak grass pan Halle, Germany, where he was defeated by former German Alexander Waske in the first round.

Nadal started hardcourt season by defeating Agassi in the final Masters Canada. Nadal seeded second at 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 in the final of the Madrid Masters.

Nadal then suffered a foot injury that kept him out in the Tennis Masters Cup in 2005 and early 2006, including absent at the Australian Open. Nadal collected as many as 11 ATP titles, and four Masters Series events. He won 79 games in 2005, no. 2 after Federer (81).


The rivalry between Nadal and Federer continued until 2006. In March 2006, Nadal gave Federer his first defeat in 2006 in the final in Dubai, winning 2-6 6-4 6-4. Nadal defeated Federer again at the Monte Carlo Masters with a score of 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 finally wins by saving two match points. The match ended with Nadal winning 6-7 7-6 6-4 2-6 7-6.

Nadal broke Argentinian tennis player Guillermo Vilas record of consecutive wins on clay tennis courts as much as 53 times after defeating Robin Soderling in the first round of French Open in 2006.

With the victory, Nadal was presented a trophy containing the cross-sectional construction of clay. Vilas present at the ceremony, although Vilas record for Nadal refused to consider himself as good as his record (which is made in one season).

French Open final highly anticipated, namely the struggle between world rank 1 rank 2 Federer against Nadal world. For Federer, French Open is the only Grand Slam he has not won. If Federer can win the French Open, he will achieve a career Slam, and even won all four Grand Slams in a row.
Rafael Nadal 2009

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 re-win the French Open, Nadal will also extend their record winning streak on clay.

Although Nadal is the favorite based on his ability on clay, Federer is favored by the French audience. Everything is expecting a very competitive game, as the match between Nadal and Federer in the last three Masters Series tournaments.

Two initial sets are not too competitive, they exchange the set 6-1. Nadal then began to surpass Federer in the third set and almost the entire fourth set.

Federer finally pulled the service break Nadal in the fourth set when Nadal was serving for the match and force an end to the tiebreak, which Nadal finally won.

With the clay court season undefeated in 2006, Nadal established himself as the dominant clay court player in the world and as the only player to beat Federer consistently.

Entering the grass court season, Nadal followed the Stella Artois at Queens Club. She resigned due to shoulder injury against Lleyton Hewitt in the quarterfinals of the Stella Artois.

Nadal followed Wimbledon as second seed. Nadal to reach final, and secure the match with Roger Federer by beating Marcos Baghdatis in the semifinals.

During his travels in Wimbledon 2006, Nadal almost lost 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 the Wimbledon title 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, ensuring Federer position as no. 1 in the world.

Despite defeat, Nadal has exceeded estimates each person to reach the final, winning more games in the tournament than he ever won on the grass before (he had previously 3-3).

At the 2006 U.S. Open, Nadal reached the quarterfinals, where he lost by a Russian tennis player Mikhail Youzhny in four sets, which is also the best achievements during the tournament.
Rafael Nadal VS Andy Murray

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 quarterfinals of the Madrid Masters 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 previous absence. In the round robin preliminary round, Nadal defeated James Blake, but finally able to beat Nikolay Davydenko and Tommy Robredo.

Nadal also was 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 semifinals 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 the Dubai Tennis Championships, Nadal defeated again by Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 6-2. After that defeat, he played at Indian Wells Masters or Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, defeating Novak Djokovic 6-2 7-5 in the final. However, in the Miami Masters or the 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 Canas 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 had followed another clay court tournament in Hamburg ie 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 the previous year he also broke through the final round.
Rafael Nadal Grand Slam

Nadal was almost eliminated in the third and fourth rounds, but eventually he won the marathon five-set matches. He then against Tomáš Berdych in the quarterfinals, which he successfully defeated in three straight sets.

Nadal to meet Djokovic in a match semifinalnya, and managed to escape because of resigned Djokovic at the beginning of 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.

Exhibition Battle of Surfaces

On May 2, 2007, Battle of Surfaces an exhibition event, held at the Palma Arena in Majorca. Nadal and Federer met in a tennis court that is half grass and half the rest is clay. Nadal won the match 7-5 4-6 7-6 (10).


Year 2008 can be said to be the best year in Nadal's tennis career. Nadal won the French Open again for the 4th time in a row. He then won the Artois Championships just a week after winning the French Open.

Nadal called it a title that is not unexpected. Later, Nadal into Wimbledon final for the third time, again dealing with Federer. In a match throughout the 4 hours 48 minutes punctuated by rain and long rallies and captivating of the two, finally Nadal 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 consecutive tournaments in a different field.

Furthermore, Nadal became the champion in 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 the final chance for Spain in Davis Cup and Masters Cup championships as well as the peak of the ATP Masters Series. Nadal crowned champion of the ATP World Tour Champion in 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 in the final by Andy Murray.
Novak Djokovic VS Rafael Nadal
Wimbledon Final 2011

Nadal then follow the Qatar ExxonMobil Open as top seed. In the first round, Nadal defeated Fabrice Santoro 6-0 6-1. After the match, Nadal was awarded the 2008 ATP World Tour Champion trophy. Nadal then defeated 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 met with compatriot Fernando Verdasco tennis player who with phenomenal champion Andy Murray beat the favorite.

Nadal match with Verdasco lasted 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 at a 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 toughest rival, Roger Federer win the French Open after defeating the passenger Rafael Nadal, 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 main challengers for this prestigious title. What many people predicted came true. In 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.

Suffering Nadal does not stop there. After failing to defend his title automatically, Nadal had to lose his throne as a world ranked tennis player's son who is now occupied by a margin figures Federer 985 points. Federer Nadal collected 11 220 points while collecting 10 235 points.


Nadal started in 2010 with participating in the tournament Capitala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Unit. He beat compatriot David Ferrer 7-6 (3), 7-5 in the finals and win this tournament.

Nadal then participated in 250 ATP Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha, but he lost in the finals. He beat Simone Bolelli of Italy 6-3, 6-3 in the first half, and then in the second round he beat Potito Starace 6-2, 6-2.

Might Nadal continues, in the quarterfinals he beat 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 defeated 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 the Australian Open, Nadal defeated Peter Luczak 7-6 (0), 6-1, 6-4, in the second round, he defeated Lukas Lacko 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. in the third round, he defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in the fight 4 sets with a score of 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 quarterfinals, Nadal lost to Andy Murray 3-6, 6-7, 0-3.
Rafael Nadal Vs Roger Federer

Nadal withdrew from the tournament due to knee injury, doctors say that Nadal should rest two weeks, and after undergoing rehabilitation for 2 weeks.

Nadal reached the semifinals in the singles tournament at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, however, Ivan Ljubicic defeated in battle 3 sets.

He and his compatriot Lopez won the doubles title after defeating the pair of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic. After Indian Wells, Nadal reach the semi-finals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, but he lost three sets against Andy Roddick.

Nadal won the tournament Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in Monaco, after defeating compatriot Fernando Verdasco in the final 6-0, 6-1. He lost 14 games in five matches at 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 finals he defeated David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2 for his fifth title in Rome.

Nadal then follow the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open tournament, where he managed to be runner-up last year. Because he includes 8 seed, he got a bye in the first round. In the second half, he beat Aleksandr Dolgopolov kualfikasi with 2 sets.

Then in the third round he beat American plays the entity 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 Nadal beat Roger Federer's toughest rival 6-4, 7-6 (5). This victory gave him a Masters the 18th, breaking a 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.
Entering 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 reached the semifinals to become tennis 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 at this tournament as a warm grass before Wimbledon. Because he was one of eight top seed, she received a bye in the first round.

In the second half, when he was playing in his first grass court tournament since winning Wimbledon in 2008, he easily defeated Marcos Daniel 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.

Record and winning streak

Rafael Nadal Wimbledon Champion
Nadal is the man's record holder in the open era for 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 of 75 matches on indoor carpet surface.

Nadal has been ranked second in a row longer than any player in the history of the ATP computer rankings.

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 & 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 history of ATP computer rankings (since 1973) who achieved 2 world ranking following in the footsteps Boris Becker (age 18 years 9 months 17 days) and Bjorn 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 finals, including two victories over Nadal at Wimbledon 2006 & 2007.

Nadal is the only active player who has a winning record head-to-head record against Federer. Nadal over Federer winning 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 become the first player since Bjorn Borg (1978-81) who won the French Open for three consecutive years.

Babolat Rafael Nadal Racquet
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 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.


Nadal using Babolat racquets and strings choice Aeropro Drive Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour is. Nadal using Nike sports clothes, best known for her Capri pants (3 / 4).

He has a shoe bearing the Vamos Rafa (which means "Come on Rafa"), which is often uttered by his fans. Nadal also use a bandana, and not-sleeved shirt. Nadal began using sleeved shirt since 2009.


Although dubbed the "King of Clay", Nadal had three sets of bagels (0-6) on his favorite surface, one by Guillermo Coria, Gaston Gaudio and one last one Roger Federer.

Asteroid 128 036 Rafael Nadal called for respect for Nadal.

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