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Rafael Nadal    

Professional Tennis Player; Ranked as One of the World's Best Tennis Players

Rafael "Rafa" Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently ranked one of the best in the world in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

Nadal has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, the second most in history for a male player, as well as a record 34 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 20 ATP Tour 500 titles, and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles and 2016 Olympic gold medal in doubles. In addition, Nadal has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 196 weeks. In majors, Nadal has won a record twelve French Open titles, three US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles, and one Australian Open title.

Nadal has won 82 career titles overall, including a record 59 clay court titles. With 81 consecutive match wins on clay, Nadal holds the record for the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era.

Nadal was a member of the winning Spain Davis Cup team in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011. In 2010, he became the seventh male player in history and youngest of five in the Open Era, at age 24, to achieve the Career Grand Slam. He is the second male player, after Andre Agassi, to complete the singles Career Golden Slam. In 2011, Nadal was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.

In 2016, in his hometown of Manacor, Rafa Nadal began the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, where he aims to share everything he has learnt over his career with the young students.

He also won his 28th Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo. He went on to win his 17th ATP 500 in Barcelona, winning the trophy for the ninth time in his career.

The achievement, called "La D├ęcima" ("the tenth" in Spanish), made Nadal the first male or female in the Open era to win ten titles from a single Grand Slam tournament, following similar achievements in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Nadal also climbed to second on the all-time Grand Slam titles list, with 15 grand slam championships, putting him one ahead of Pete Sampras.

He won his first tournament of 2019 in Rome, with a three set win over Djokovic in the final. At the 2019 French Open, Nadal defeated Yannick Hanfmann, Yannick Maden, David Goffin, Juan Ignacio Londero, Kei Nishikori and Roger Federer (their first meeting at the tournament since 2011), dropping only one set along the way, to set up his twelfth French Open final. In a rematch of the previous year's final against Thiem, Nadal prevailed in four sets to claim his record-extending 12th French Open title.




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