101 Facts About Rafael Nadal

1. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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2. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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3. Rafael Nadal made a positive return to action at the Australian Open after a disappointing end to the 2018 season.

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4. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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5. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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6. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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7. Rafael Nadal was favourite to overcome his Serb rival, having not dropped a set all tournament, but ultimately Djokovic was too powerful for him.

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8. Rafael Nadal noticeably takes time to adjust himself when preparing for service during games.

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9. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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10. Rafael Nadal gave credit to his opponent Novak Djokovic for the great Australian Open final played.

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11. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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12. Rafael Nadal won three in 2010—but lost in the Australian Open final to old rival Federer that year.

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13. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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14. Rafael Nadal is a 17-time Grand Slam champion and would arguably have more titles to his name had injuries not affected him.

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15. Rafael Nadal should return to action in Acapulco in three weeks, training at home in Manacor and preparing for next challenges after a great display in Melbourne that carried him towards the title match.

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16. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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17. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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18. Rafael Nadal made a lot of unforced errors during his Australian Open final loss to Novak Djokovic.

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19. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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20. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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21. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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22. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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23. Rafael Nadal developed a new service motion, a much more efficient one.

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24. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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25. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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26. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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27. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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28. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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29. Rafael Nadal has since warned Djokovic, though, that he will bounce back from his Australian Open final nightmare.

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30. Rafael Nadal was far from his best against Novak Djokovic, whose triumph Down Under was his third Grand Slam win in a row after previous victories at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018.

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31. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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32. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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33. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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34. In some ways, Rafael Nadal expected a really strong performance by Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final.

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35. Rafael Nadal started playing tennis in 1994 when he was three years old.

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36. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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37. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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38. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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39. Rafael Nadal has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, and is second only to Roger Federer, who has 20 under his belt.

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40. Rafael Nadal has often been photographed cheering Rafael Nadal on at his competitions.

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41. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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42. Rafael Nadal has proposed to his girlfriend Mery Perello after 14 years of dating—and they've been secretly engaged for eight whole months.

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43. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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44. Rafael Nadal reached the Australian Open quarter-finals winning all the 12 sets played so far.

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45. Rafael Nadal essentially admitted to La Nacion he would prefer not to be a celebrity, and does not see why anyone would want to be recognized.

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46. Rafael Nadal told Boat International he lent the yacht to Andy Murray once, but was not on board.

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47. Rafael Nadal explained to CNN that the sea is his place to unwind with his girlfriend and family.

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48. Rafael Nadal is a Spanish international tennis player and one of the greatest tennis players of all times.

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49. Rafael Nadal ended his Grand Slam title drought when he won a 10th career French Open championship in June 2017.

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50. In 2011 Rafael Nadal captured his sixth career French Open title, besting Federer in the final.

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51. In 2009 Rafael Nadal won his first Australian Open championship after he again bested Federer in a dramatic five-set final match.

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52. In 2007 Rafael Nadal extended his victories on clay surfaces to a record 81 consecutive matches before losing to Federer on May 20 in the final of the ATP Masters Series Hamburg.

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53. In 2005 Rafael Nadal set a record for a teenage male player by registering 11 tournament victories, including a triumph at his French Open debut, when he upset Federer in the semifinals.

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54. Rafael Nadal took part in Thailand's "A Million Trees for the King" project, planting a tree in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a visit to Hua Hin during his Thailand Open 2010.

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55. Rafael Nadal holds the record after winning his eighth straight Monte-Carlo Masters in 2012 and is the only player in the open era to achieve such a feat.

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56. Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, 28 titles in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, and 17 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments.

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57. In 2002, at the age of 16, Rafael Nadal reached the semifinals of the Boy's Singles tournament at Wimbledon, in his first ITF junior event.

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58. Rafael Nadal turned professional at the age of 15, and participated in two events on the ITF junior circuit.

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59. At the age of 19, in 2005, Rafael Nadal won the French Open the first time he competed in the tournament, and his world ranking shot to No 3.

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60. At the age of eight, Rafael Nadal won an under-12 regional tennis championship, giving Uncle Toni the incentive to step up his training.

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61. Rafael Nadal was born in Mallorca, Spain, on June 3, 1986.

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62. In 2017, Rafael Nadal faced off against Roger Federer in the finals at the Australian Open, but was ultimately defeated in five sets.

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63. Rafael Nadal advanced through the field at the 2015 Australian Open, but his physical capabilities appeared compromised when he fell to hard-hitting Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.

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64. On Tuesday, Rafael Nadal was feted with song, cake and thousands of flashes from media cameras.

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65. Rafael Nadal has had his most devastating losses of his career at the Aussie Open.

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66. Rafael Nadal will need to continue his recent success in this area against the best returner in men's tennis if he wants to capture his second Aussie Open title.

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67. Rafael Nadal might have some years left, but he will never catch Federer.

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68. Rafael Nadal has two Olympic Gold medals while Federer has one.

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69. Rafael Nadal is four years younger than Federer, and with the Swiss swatter finally showing his age, the Spaniard will take over as the greatest tennis player ever.

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70. Rafael Nadal lived with his parents and younger sister Maria Isabel in a five-story apartment building in their hometown of Manacor, Mallorca.

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71. Rafael Nadal opened his tennis academy centre to Majorca flood victims in October 2018.

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72. Rafael Nadal used Duralast 15L strings until the 2010 season, when he switched to Babolat's new, black-colored, RPM Blast string.

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73. Rafael Nadal became the face of Lanvin's L'Homme Sport cologne in April 2009.

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74. Rafael Nadal wears Nike's Air CourtBallistec 2.3 tennis shoes, bearing various customizations throughout the season, including his nickname "Rafa" on the right shoe and a stylized bull logo on the left.

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75. Rafael Nadal has appeared in advertising campaigns for Kia as a global ambassador for the company.

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76. Rafael Nadal is currently being coached by Francisco Roig and Carlos Moya (2016–).

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77. Rafael Nadal won six of the nine, losing the first two Wimbledon finals.

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78. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been playing each other since 2004, and their rivalry is a significant part of both men's careers.

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79. Rafael Nadal lost the final in straight sets to Novak Djokovic, winning only eight games for the match, and marking Nadal's first straight-sets loss in a Grand Slam final.

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80. Rafael Nadal was due to start his season at the 2019 Brisbane International, but withdrew shortly before his first match due to an injury.

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81. Rafael Nadal reached the quarterfinals, defeating Gael Monfils and Diego Schwartzman in straight sets, to extend his record to 50 consecutive sets won on clay, starting from the 2017 French Open.

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82. At the Monte Carlo Masters, Rafael Nadal successfully defended his title and won a record-breaking 31st Masters title, thus becoming the player with the most Masters 1000 titles in tennis history.

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83. Rafael Nadal beat Philipp Kohlschreiber and Alexander Zverev in straight sets.

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84. Rafael Nadal faced Marin Cilic in the quarterfinal, but retired in the fifth set due to a hip injury.

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85. Rafael Nadal won his first match against Coric in straight sets but fell in the Round of 16 to Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov.

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86. Rafael Nadal went on to lose to Federer in five sets; this was the first time that Nadal had lost to Federer in a Grand Slam since the final of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships.

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87. Rafael Nadal opened his season by playing at the Brisbane International for the first time, where he reached the quarterfinals before losing to Milos Raonic in three sets.

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88. Rafael Nadal played the Shanghai Masters and was upset in the second round by Viktor Troicki.

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89. On 9 June, Rafael Nadal announced that the same wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the French Open needed more time to heal, and that he would not play at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.

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90. Rafael Nadal continued the clay court season in Madrid, falling to Murray in the semifinal.

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91. Rafael Nadal went on to win his 17th ATP 500 in Barcelona, winning the trophy for the ninth time in his career.

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92. Rafael Nadal lost to eventual runner-up Djokovic in the quarterfinals of the French Open, ending his winning streak of 39 consecutive victories in Paris since his defeat by Robin Soderling in 2009.

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93. At the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal lost in straight sets to Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinal, thus ending a 17-match winning streak against the seventh-seeded Czech.

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94. Rafael Nadal lost his opening match to Feliciano Lopez in straight sets.

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95. Rafael Nadal made his return at the 2014 China Open but was defeated in the quarterfinals by Martin Klizan in three sets.

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96. Rafael Nadal equaled Pete Sampras' total of 14 Grand Slam wins.

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97. On 8 June 2014, Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic in the Men's Singles French Open final to win his 9th French Open title and a 5th straight win at Roland Garros.

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98. Rafael Nadal was stunned by Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open.

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99. Rafael Nadal reached the final of the Miami Masters, falling to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

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100. Rafael Nadal met Djokovic in the final, losing in straight sets.

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101. Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer, Stanislas Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych in the round robin stage to set up a semifinal victory over Roger Federer.

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