Rafael Nadal was the number one in the ATP world for a total of 209 weeks, conquering the top of the ranking on 4 (record) occasions, and he is the tennis player who has occupied the second position of the ranking for the longest (334 total weeks), remaining n.2 for 160 consecutive weeks behind Roger Federer.
In majors, Nadal has won a record twelve French Open titles, four US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open title, and won at least one Grand Slam every year for a record ten consecutive years (2005–2014).
During a recent interview, Australian player Matt Ebden revealed how this skill of Rafa made him unplayable. The Spanish champion won in three sets in the second round at the Australian Open last year. Ebden has yet to win an ATP singles title but has won four ATP doubles titles.
“Nadal in a very slow condition night match with heavy balls last year at Aus Open. Had chances to be up a break to get first set and give myself a chance to win, instead didn’t get the break and he won first set.
then he was so so hard to stop once he got the lead and ran away with it, became a runaway train/beast" - Ebden said. Ebden also revealed some more exclusive things that he knows about Rafa: “Rafa is nice and polite we talk a little, we know each other since we have played twice on tour, at queens long time back, at Hurlingham in a Wimbledon exhibition and at AO last year. He speaks mostly Spanish with his closest people mainly his team and Spanish guys”.