Rafael Nadal is a professional tennis player from Spain and the current ATP world number two.
Nadal is considered one of the greatest players of all time and his success on clay courts - particularly at the French Open - has earned him the nickname "The King of Clay."
Nadal has won ten Grand Slam singles titles, including six French Open titles, as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal. He has won a record 20 ATP World Tour Masters events and was part of Spain's victorious Davis Cup teams in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011.
Nadal became the seventh player in history to complete a career Grand Slam after he won the 2010 US Open, and only the second player after Andre Agassi to complete the Career Golden Slam; the winner of four Grand Slams and an Olympic Gold.
Nadal was ranked world number two for a record 160 consecutive weeks during Roger Federer's era of dominance, but he became the world's highest ranked player in August 2008 until July 2009. He regained the number one spot in August 2010 until Novak Djokovic overtook him July 2011. Nadal holds the record for most weeks ranked world number two with 232 weeks.
Born in Majorca on 3 June 1986, Nadal won his first ATP match in April 2002 at the age of 15, becoming the ninth player in the open era to record a victory before their 16th birthday.
Nadal began his clay court dominance in 2005, winning 24 consecutive matches, breaking Agassi's record of consecutive wins for a teenager, which culminated in his first Grand Slam title at the French Open. Following his success at Roland Garros, Nadal moved to number five in the world rankings. In the 2005 season, Nadal won eleven singles titles and four ATP Masters Series titles, which broke Mats Wilander's record of most titles in a season for a teenager.
Nadal missed the 2006 Australian Open with injury, but was back to his dominant best for the clay court season, winning all four tournaments he entered and becoming the first player to defeat Roger Federer in a Grand Slam final when the two met in the French Open final. He reached his first Wimbledon final the same season although he lost in four sets to Federer.
In 2007, Nadal continued his dominance on clay, although a defeat in the Hamburg Masters Series final to Roger Federer ended his record 81-match unbeaten run on clay. He bounced back by once again beating Federer in the French Open final. The pair met again in the Wimbledon final with Federer victorious after a five-set epic.
Nadal became the fifth player in open era to win a Grand Slam without dropping a set when, in 2008, he won his fourth consecutive French Open title, again defeating Federer in Paris.
Nadal and Federer again met at the final of Wimbledon in one of the most anticipated matches in history. They went on to play out the longest Wimbledon final in history before Nadal won the fifth set 9-7 in near darkness and bring to a close what many consider the greatest Wimbledon final ever.
Nadal began 2009 by winning his first Australian Open title after defeating Federer in their first ever Grand Slam meeting on a hard court. The triumph meant that Nadal was the first ever Spaniard to win the Australian Open.
Nadal suffered a shock fourth round defeat to Robin Soderling in the French Open - his first ever loss at Roland Garros - and was then forced to withdraw from Wimbledon due to tendinitis in his knees.
The injuries that blighted Nadal's 2009 season ultimately proved to be a minor blip as the Spaniard went on to dominate 2010. He regained his French Open crown by gaining revenge on Soderling in the final before defeating Tomas Berdych to claim his second Wimbledon title. Nadal went on to win his first US Open title by defeating Novak Djokovic in New York.
The dominance of Djokovic in 2011 meant Nadal was restricted to one major crown; his sixth French Open title. Nadal and Djokovic contested both the Wimbledon and US Open finals, with Djokovic prevailing on both occasions and in a further five finals throughout the season.
Nadal began the 2012 season with another defeat to Djokovic, this time in the Australian Open final, but he won his first title of the season by beating his rival in the Monte Carlo Masters final.
Nadal is one of the highest-earning athletes in the world and has earned in excess of $45 million in prize money. Nike is Nadal's clothing and shoe sponsor, while he is also endorsed by Emporio Armani.