Rafael Nadal picks most significant matches of his distinguished career
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With 20 Major titles, 36 Masters 1000 trophies, five year-end no. 1 finishes and multiple Davis Cup crowns, Rafael Nadal has been recognized as one of the greatest players of all time. Since 2004, the great Spaniard has competed in some of the most thrilling encounters on the ATP Tour, always giving his everything and trying to cross the finish line before the opponent.
The 35-year-old has been ranked inside the top-10 since April 2005, enduring all the setbacks with injuries and maintaining his place in the elite group. Speaking about the brightest and dearest moments from his incredible career, Rafa looked back upon the most notable triumphs he achieved, starting from 2004 when he claimed the first ATP title in Sopot.
Despite reliable and competitive compatriots, Nadal was a part of the Spanish Davis Cup squad in all four rounds as a teenager that year, beating Andy Roddick in the final in Seville for a victory that highlighted his pre-2005 career.
Half a year later, Nadal became a Major champion just a couple of days after turning 19, beating Roger Federer and Mariano Puerta to reign at Roland Garros on debut. The Spaniard mastered another surface and a Major three years later, toppling Roger Federer in that memorable Wimbledon final after an epic battle and adding the fifth Major crown to his collection at 22!
Rafa did not have to wait for too much to embrace more tennis glory, passing all the obstacles at the Australian Open 2009 after battling against Fernando Verdasco and Roger Federer for over ten hours within a couple of days!
Rafael Nadal spoke about the most important moments of his glorious career.
Thus, the Spaniard mastered the third surface at Majors and continued his quest towards a Career Grand Slam that came at the US Open in September 2010.
The 2013 US Open is another event on Nadal's exclusive list, returning after a nasty knee injury that sidelined him for seven months. After winning ten titles, Rafa conquered New York in style and returned to the ATP throne in the season's closing stages.
Eight years later, Nadal is still among the world's best players, winning two ATP titles this year and struggling with a foot injury that forced him to shut the engines ahead of 2022. "The first Davis Cup in Seville in 2004 against the United States was fascinating.
After that came Roland Garros 2005, my first Major trophy. Wimbledon 2008 is a pivotal moment in my career as well, for various reasons. I have to mention the Australian Open 2009, another colossal success that came unexpectedly after all the struggles.
The US Open 2013 belongs on the exclusive list as well, winning the title following a knee injury that kept me away from the court for seven months," Rafael Nadal said.