World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has been voted as the Greatest Spanish Athlete in modern history in a poll conducted by the Spanish daily La Marca. The Spanish daily created a virtual draw with 16 top sports personalities from Spain during the recent times and asked for fans to vote for their favourite in a knock out draw.
Fans had to vote for each round and in the end, Nadal was pitted against Spanish basketball player Pau Gasol in the final. Nadal was voted the winner 82% to 18%. In the earlier rounds, Nadal had been voted winner over Carlos Sainz (racing driver) 94%-6%, Alberto Contador (Cycling) 94%-6% and Miguel Indurain (Cycling) 83%-17%.
Nadal is currently ranked world No. 2 in the world and has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the second-most in history for a male player, as well as a record 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP Tour 500 titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles.
He has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 209 weeks, including being the year-end No. 1 five times. His 19 majors, only one behind Roger Federer, includes a record twelve French Open titles, four US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open title.
The Spaniard has won 85 career titles overall, including the most outdoor titles in the Open Era (83) and a record 59 titles on clay.