Two decades after playing his first ATP match at 15, Rafael Nadal stands among the most accomplished players in history. Rafa has been ranked inside the top-10 for 800 consecutive weeks, and he has 21 Majors and 36 Masters 1000 crowns in his cabinet, backed by five year-end no.
1 finishes. Dealing with numerous injuries over the years, Rafa has never lost his desire and love for the game, despite winning almost every notable trophy that our sport offers. In February 2020, Nadal opened his tennis complex in Kuwait.
Thus, Rafa extended his legacy and offered a chance for the youngsters from the Middle East region to embrace the sport and follow their dreams of becoming the future champions of our sport. Speaking about the brightest and dearest moments from his incredible career, Rafa looked back upon some of his most notable triumphs, starting from 2004 when he claimed the first ATP title in Sopot.
Nadal earned a chance to represent Spain in the Davis Cup final in Seville at the end of that season. An 18-year-old beat Andy Roddick in front of the partisan crowd 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 his debut.
The Spaniard mastered another surface and a Major three years later, toppling Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final after an epic battle and adding the fifth Major crown to his collection at 22. Rafa did not have to wait too much for more tennis glory.
He passed 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 conquered the third different surface at Majors and continued his quest towards a Career Grand Slam, achieved at the US Open in September 2010.
The 2013 US Open is another event on Nadal's exclusive list, returning that year after a nasty knee injury that sidelined him for seven months. Rafa conquered New York in style and returned to the ATP throne in the season's closing stages after winning ten titles.
Nine years later, Nadal is still among the world's best players a few weeks before turning 36, securing the 21st Major crown at the Australian Open and writing history. "The first Davis Cup final in Seville against the United States was fascinating.
After that came my first Major crown at Roland Garros 2005. 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 is also on the exclusive list, winning the title following that knee injury that had kept me away from the court for seven months," Rafael Nadal said.