Rafael Nadal

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal

Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player and a former world no. 1. As of 24 December 2012 (2012 -12-24), he is ranked no. 4 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time; his success on clay has earned him the nickname "The King of Clay", and has prompted several experts to regard him as the greatest clay court player in history.
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Birthday
03 June 1986
home town
Manacor
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A Leg Injury Takes Rafael Nadal Out of the Australian Open
NYTimes - about 1 month
Nadal, the No. 1 seed, retired down 0-2 in the fifth set of his quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic because of an injury to his right leg.
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Rafael Nadal Retires From Australian Open With Injury
NYTimes - about 1 month
Nadal, the No. 1 seed, retired down 0-2 in the fifth set of his quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic with an apparent leg injury.
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Australian Open: Rafael Nadal Survives Marathon Match
NYTimes - about 1 month
Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals by outlasting Diego Schwartzman in a nearly four-hour match. Grigor Dimitrov and Caroline Wozniacki also won Sunday.
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Rafael Nadal’s Return to Sender
NYTimes - about 1 month
Nadal’s position behind the baseline has helped him become one of the most effective returners in the game.
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Rafael Nadal Gets an Easy Draw; Novak Djokovic Does Not
NYTimes - about 1 month
Serena Williams is out; Venus Williams has a tough opening match.
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Nadal to make Australian return in exhibition event
Reuters.com - about 2 months
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal, who is struggling to get any match practice before the Australian Open, will play an exhibition event at Melbourne Park in the week leading up to the season opening grand slam, organizers said on Monday.
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Nadal out of season-opening Abu Dhabi event
Reuters.com - 2 months
(Reuters) - Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from next week's season-opening exhibition event in Abu Dhabi due to ongoing fitness problems, the world number one has said.
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In a Play, Rafael Nadal Inhabits a New Role: Gay Icon
NYTimes - 2 months
Peter Gil-Sheridan, a gay playwright, imagines a love affair with Nadal in “The Rafa Play,” which ends its run in New York on Saturday.
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Rafael Nadal Withdraws From the ATP Finals With a Knee Injury
NYTimes - 3 months
The top-ranked Nadal came into the season-ending event with a knee problem and then struggled in a 6-4 loss to David Goffin in his opening match.
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Nadal confident of being fully fit at ATP Finals
Reuters.com - 4 months
(Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal is confident he will be "100 percent fit" at the ATP Finals event in London as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
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Rafael Nadal Clinches No. 1 Ranking With Victory in France
NYTimes - 4 months
Nadal, 31, assured himself the No. 1 ranking by beating Hyeon Chung in the second round of the Paris Masters.
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On Tennis: For Laver Cup, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Are on the Same Side
NYTimes - 5 months
Federer and Nadal may play doubles together this weekend at the inaugural Laver Cup, a team event in Prague that pits Team Europe against Team World.
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Nadal makes hardcourts look easy for third U.S. Open crown
Reuters.com - 6 months
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal has long been king of the Paris clay but he was just as dominant on New York hardcourt on Sunday as he collected grand slam title number 16 with a clinical demolition of Kevin Anderson in the U.S. Open final.
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Rafael Nadal wins 3rd US Open, 16th Grand Slam title, in straight sets
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Timeline
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    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 29
    At the US Open Nadal was seeded #4 and advanced to the fourth round but was defeated by 24th seed Lucas Pouille in 5 sets, the defeat means that 2016 is the first year since 2004 in which Nadal, 30, has failed to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final.
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    At the Rio 2016 Olympics, Nadal achieved 800 career wins with his quarter-final victory over Thomaz Bellucci.
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    On 9 June, Nadal announced that the same wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the French Open needed more time to heal, and that he would not play at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.
    He equalled Guillermo Vilas's all-time record of 49 clay court titles by winning the Barcelona Open in 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 28
    It was only the second time that Murray has won over Nadal on clay, the first one being in 2015 Madrid final.
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    Nadal went on to win the 2015 Mercedes Cup against Serbian Viktor Troicki, his first grass court title since he won at Wimbledon in 2010.
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  • 2014
    Age 27
    Later, he was upset by Borna Ćorić at the quarterfinals of the 2014 Swiss Indoors.
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    At the 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters, he was suffering from appendicitis.
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    Nadal withdrew from the American swing owing to a wrist injury. He made his return at the 2014 China Open but was defeated in the quarterfinals by Martin Klizan in three sets.
    On 8 June 2014, Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in the Men's Singles French Open final to win his 9th French Open title and a 5th straight win at Roland Garros.
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    It was announced in February 2014 that "After compiling one of the greatest comeback seasons on the ATP World Tour in 2013, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is a contender to be nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award."
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    Rafael Nadal began his 2014 season at the Qatar Open in Doha, defeating Lukáš Rosol in the first round and he won the title after defeating Gaël Monfils in the final.
  • 2013
    Age 26
    In November 2013, Nadal played his final event of the season in London at the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals where he secured the year end World Number One spot.
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    At the 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters, Nadal reached the semifinals but was defeated by Del Potro.
    Nadal concluded a brilliant North American hard court season with his 4th hard court title of the year, defeating Djokovic at the 2013 US Open final in four sets, bringing his Slam count to 13 and giving Nadal a male tennis record paycheck of $3.6 million.
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    In August 2013, Nadal won the semifinal match in Montreal, denying Djokovic his fourth Rogers Cup title.
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    Nadal then lost his first-round match at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships in straight sets to unseeded Belgian Steve Darcis (ranked No. 135), making it the second time in a row he failed to reach the third round at Wimbledon and the first ever time Nadal had lost in the first round of a Grand Slam.
    Nadal won the 2013 French Open after beating Djokovic in the semifinal and Ferrer in the final, breaking the record for the most match wins in the tournament in the process with his 59th match victory.
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    In May, he won his record 24th Masters 1000 title, beating Roger Federer for his 7th championship at the 2013 Rome Masters.
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    Nadal won his 23rd ATP Masters 1000 tournament at the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open, beating Wawrinka, despite previously having been two points from defeat in his quarterfinal against David Ferrer.
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    He then won at the 2013 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell over Almagro, in straight sets.
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    After withdrawing from Miami, Nadal attempted to defend his title at the 2013 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, but, despite reaching the final for the ninth consecutive year, he was beaten by Djokovic in straight sets.
    In the title match of the 2013 Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Nadal defeated world No. 4 David Ferrer, losing just two games in the match.
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    At the 2013 Brasil Open, at São Paulo, Nadal struggled in the opening rounds, dropping sets to Berlocq and qualifier Alund.
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    Two weeks prior to the 2013 Australian Open, Nadal officially withdrew from the tournament citing a stomach virus.
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  • 2012
    Age 25
    Nadal ended 2012 ranked No. 4 in the world, the first time in eight years that he has not been ranked 1st or 2nd at the end of the year.
    In July 2012, Nadal withdrew from the 2012 Olympics owing to tendinitis in his knee, which subsequently also led to him pulling out of both the Rogers Cup and Cincinnati Masters.
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    Nadal only lost a total of three sets in the 2012 clay court season.
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    At the 2012 French Open, Nadal dropped only 30 games against his first five opponents, without losing a set.
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    This was his second victory over Novak Djokovic in 2012 and his third title of the season, as well as his 6th Rome title overall.
    As the clay court season started, Nadal was seeded 2nd at the 2012 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.
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  • 2011
    Age 24
    At the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals, Nadal was defeated by Roger Federer in the round-robin stage, in one of the quickest matches between the two, lasting just 60 minutes.
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    At the 2011 US Open, Nadal defeated Andrey Golubev in straight sets and advanced to the third round after Frenchman Nicolas Mahut retired.
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    He next played in the 2011 Cincinnati Masters, where he lost to Mardy Fish in the quarterfinals.
    After resting for a month from a foot injury sustained during Wimbledon, he contested the 2011 Rogers Cup, where he was shocked by Croatian Ivan Dodig in a third-set tiebreak.
    This set up a final against world No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who had beaten Nadal in all four of their matches in 2011 (all in Masters finals).
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    At the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open in May, he defeated Marcos Baghdatis, had a walkover against Juan Martín del Potro, and defeated Michaël Llodra and Roger Federer, before losing the final to Novak Djokovic in two sets.
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    He did not gain any points for this victory, however, as only four ATP 500 tournaments can be counted towards a players ranking at one time, but they will go into effect 8 August 2011, when the result of the 2010 Legg Mason Tennis Classic expires.
    Just a week later, Nadal won his sixth Barcelona Open crown, winning the 2011 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell final against Ferrer in straight sets.
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    In the final, Nadal avenged his defeat by David Ferrer in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Australian Open.
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    Nadal began his clay-court season by winning the 2011 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters with the loss of just one set.
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    Nadal started the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open with a win over Kei Nishikori then met his compatriot Feliciano López in the third round, whom he defeated.
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    At the 2011 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Nadal defeated upcoming qualifier Rik de Voest in his first match.
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    In March, Nadal helped Spain defeat Belgium in a 2011 Davis Cup World Group first-round tie on hard indoor courts in the Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium.
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    On 7 February 2011, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Nadal won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for the first time, ahead of footballer Lionel Messi, Sebastian Vettel, Spain's Andrés Iniesta, Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant, and Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.
    Nadal started 2011, by participating in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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  • 2010
    Age 23
    After the US Open, Nadal made the final of the Japan Open Tennis Championships. Nadal, who was the 2010 champion, was defeated by Andy Murray.
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    Nadal ended the 2010 season having won three Grand Slams and three Masters 1000 tournaments, and having regained the No. 1 ranking.
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    At the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals in London, Nadal defeated Roddick in the first match, Djokovic in the second match, and Berdych in the third match, to advance to the semifinals for the third time in his career.
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    On 21 November 2010, in London, Nadal won the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the first time.
    Nadal next played in the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters in Shanghai, where he was the top seed, but lost to world No. 12 Jürgen Melzer in the third round, snapping his record streak of 21 consecutive Masters quarterfinals.
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    Nadal was able to regroup, and at the 2010 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo (debut), he defeated Santiago Giraldo, Milos Raonic, and Dmitry Tursunov.
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    Nadal began his Asian tour at the 2010 PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok where he reached the semifinals, losing to compatriot Guillermo García-López.
    Nadal's victory also clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking for 2010, making Nadal only the third player (after Ivan Lendl in 1989 and Roger Federer in 2009) to regain the year-end number one ranking after having lost it.
    At the 2010 US Open, Nadal was the top seed for the second time in three years.
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    In the semifinal, defending champion Murray defeated Nadal, becoming the only player to triumph over the Spaniard twice in 2010.
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    Nadal is an avid fan of association football club Real Madrid. On 8 July 2010, it was reported that he had become a shareholder of RCD Mallorca, his local club by birth, in an attempt to assist the club from debt.
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    Nadal won the 2010 Wimbledon men's title by defeating Tomáš Berdych in straight sets.
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    The first set of his match against Almagro would be just the second set he lost on clay up to this point in 2010.
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    Nadal then entered the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, where he had finished runner-up the previous year.
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    Unlike in previous years, Nadal next chose to skip the Barcelona tournament (despite being that event's five-time defending champion), and his next tournament was the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia.
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  • 2009
    Age 22
    Nadal won the Golden Bagel Award for the third time in 2009, with nine 6–0 sets during the year.
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    With this loss, he relinquished the No. 2 spot to Andy Murray on 17 August 2009, ranking outside the top two for the first time since 25 July 2005.
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    Roger Federer went on to win the title, and Nadal consequently dropped back to world No. 2 on 6 July 2009.
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    After his surprise defeat at Roland Garros, Nadal withdrew from the AEGON Championships. It was confirmed that Nadal was suffering from tendinitis in both of his knees. On 19 June, Nadal withdrew from the 2009 Wimbledon Championship, citing his recurring knee injury.
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    This run came to an end on 31 May 2009, when Nadal lost to eventual runner-up, Robin Söderling in the 4th round.
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    By beating Lleyton Hewitt in the third round of 2009 French Open, Nadal (2005–09 French Open) set a record of 31 consecutive wins at Roland Garros, beating the previous record of 28 by Björn Borg (1978–81 French Open).
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    On 19 May, the ATP World Tour announced that Nadal was the first player out of eight to qualify for the 2009 ATP World Tour Finals, to be played at the O2 Arena in London.
    Nadal began his European clay court season at the 2009 Monte Carlo Masters, where he won a record fifth consecutive singles title there.
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    At the 2009 Indian Wells Masters, Nadal won his thirteenth Masters 1000 series tournament.
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    At the 2009 Australian Open, Nadal won his first five matches without dropping a set, before defeating compatriot Fernando Verdasco in the semifinals in the second longest match in Australian Open history at 5 hours and 14 minutes.
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  • 2008
    Age 21
    In June, Nadal entered the AEGON Championships, which he had won in 2008, at the prestigious Queen's Club.
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    After his first-round match with Fabrice Santoro, Nadal was awarded the 2008 ATP World Tour Champion trophy.
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    At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Nadal defeated Novak Djoković in the semifinals and Fernando González of Chile in the final to win his first Olympic gold medal.
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    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Nadal in the semifinal of 2008 Australian Open.
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  • 2007
    Age 20
    After another quarterfinal loss at the Dubai Tennis Championships, he won the 2007 Indian Wells Masters, before Novak Djoković defeated him in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Miami Masters.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2006
    Age 19
    Nadal played the Artois Championships at the Queen's Club in London for the second consecutive year. As in 2006, Nadal was upset in the quarterfinals.
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    To complete the spring hard-court season, Nadal was upset in the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, by James Blake, and was upset in the second round of the 2006 Miami Masters.
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  • 2005
    Age 18
    Nadal won the Golden Bagel Award for 2005, with eleven 6–0 sets during the year.
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    Both Nadal and Federer won eleven singles titles and four ATP Masters Series titles in 2005.
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    In September, he defeated Coria in the final of the China Open in Beijing and won both of his Davis Cup matches against Italy. In October, he won his fourth ATP Masters Series title of the year, defeating Ivan Ljubičić in the final of the 2005 Madrid Masters.
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    Nadal was seeded second at the 2005 US Open, where he was upset in the third round by world No. 49 James Blake in four sets.
    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.
    Immediately after Wimbledon, Nadal won 16 consecutive matches and three consecutive tournaments, bringing his ranking to world No. 2 on 25 July 2005.
    He then lost in the second round of 2005 Wimbledon to Gilles Müller of Luxembourg.
    On his 19th birthday, Nadal defeated Federer in the 2005 French Open semifinals, being one of only four players who defeated the top-seeded player that year (along with Marat Safin, Richard Gasquet, and David Nalbandian).
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    Two months later, Nadal 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 world No. 1 Roger Federer.
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    At the 2005 Australian Open, Nadal lost in the fourth round to eventual runner-up Lleyton Hewitt.
  • 2004
    Age 17
    By beating world No. 2 Andy Roddick, he helped Spain clinch the 2004 title over the United States in a 3–2 win.
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    Later that year, Nadal played his first match against world No. 1 Roger Federer at the 2004 Miami Masters, and won in straight sets, before losing to Fernando González in the fourth round.
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    Nadal reached the third round of the 2004 Australian Open where he lost in three sets against Australian Lleyton Hewitt.
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  • 2003
    Age 16
    At his Wimbledon debut in 2003, Nadal became the youngest man to reach the third round since Boris Becker in 1984.
  • 2002
    Age 15
    In April 2002, at 15 years and 10 months, the world No. 762 Nadal won his first ATP match, defeating Ramón Delgado, and became the ninth player in the Open Era to do so before the age of 16.
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    In 2002, at the age of 16, Nadal reached the semifinals of the Boy's Singles tournament at Wimbledon, in his first ITF junior event.
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  • 2001
    Age 14
    In May 2001, he defeated former Grand Slam tournament champion Pat Cash in a clay-court exhibition match.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1986
    Born
    Born on June 3, 1986.
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