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Posted December 11, 2012 by Campus Heat in Sports
 
 

FOCUS: The best tennis player alive- Rafael “Rafa” Nadal

RafaelRafaNadal Parera born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked No 1 by the (ATP). He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time; his success on clay has earned him the nickname “The King of Clay”, and has prompted many experts to regard him as the greatest clay court player of all time.

Nadal has won nine grand slam singles titles, the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, a record 19 ATP World tour masters 1000 tournaments, and also was part of the Spain Davis cup team that won the finals in 2004, 2008 and 2009. He completed the career grand slam by winning the 2010 US open, being the seventh player in history, and the youngest in the open era to achieve it. He is the second male player to complete the Career golden slam (winner of the four grand slams and the Olympic Gold medal) after only Agassi Andre

Nadal had a 32 match winning streak in 2008, starting at the 2008 masters series hamburg to the 208 WSFGMWO, which included titles at Hamburg, the French Open (where he did not drop a set), Queen’s club, his first ever title at Wimbledon, and the Rogers cup. In 2011, by winning the Monte Carlo Masters, he became the only player to have won seven editions of a tournament in a row at the ATP level.

Nadal was ranked world No. 2, behind Roger Federer, for a record 160 consecutive weeks before earning the top spot, which he held from 18 August 2008 to 5 July 2009.He regained the world No.1 ranking on 7 June 2010, after winning his fifth French Open title.