Over the past two decades, Rafael Nadal has become one of the most accomplished tennis players in history, claiming 20 Major titles and 36 masters 1000 crowns, backed by five year-end no. 1 finishes. The 34-year-old Spaniard has been ranked inside the top-10 for 16 years now, a unique feat that will take some beating, alongside many other incredible achievements on his tally.
In February 2020, Nadal opened his tennis complex in Kuwait, extending his legacy and offering 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 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 at 17 and 18 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. Three years later, the Spaniard mastered another surface and a Major, toppling Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final after an epic battle and adding the fifth Major crown to his collection at 22.
Rafa didn't have to wait too much for 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 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.
Eight years later, Nadal is still among the world's best players a few weeks before turning 35, chasing the 21st Major crown and more records and achievements at the upcoming Roland Garros. "The first Davis Cup in Seville against the United States was fascinating.
After that came Roland Garros in 2005, the first Major I won. 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 that knee injury that kept me away from the court for seven months," Rafael Nadal said.