Offbeat — 18 December 2013

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal Parera is not an unknown face for sports lovers, especially for those who love the game of lawn tennis. The 31-year-old Spanish tennis player is regarded as the No. 1 clay-court player in the history of lawn tennis. His fans consider him as one of the all-time greatest players in lawn tennis. Although he is a left-handed player, his most appreciated style of play is his two-handed backhand. His performance in tennis tournaments is obvious from the whopping prize money he has earned. His total prize money of around 79 million dollars is the third all-time leading earnings.

Not only Nadal’s followers, but his fellow and senior players and media persons also consider him as a historical player on clay courts. However, he is as good playing on the hard court and grass surfaces. In fact, he is one of the only two players who have mastered all three different playing surfaces by winning at least two Grand Slams on them. Apart from this achievement, Rafael Nadal has won all different kinds of titles for himself. In the singles game, he has won 15 Grand Slam titles.

In the year 2008, Rafael Nadal won the singles gold medal at Olympics. He bagged doubles gold medal during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. After winning Monte-Carlo Masters in 2017, Nadal succeeded into shattering Guillermo Vilas’ Open Era record of 49 clay-court titles. With the same win, he became the only player to win the same tournament 10 times. After winning the 2017 French Open, he became the second tennis player and first male tennis player to bag the single Grand Slam tournament 10 times.

He has set records at both ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and ATP World Tour 500 tournaments in which he won 30 and 18 times respectively. For multiple winning years, he has also remained a contributing member of the Spain David Cup team. There is no other player like him who has won at least one Grand Slam title consecutively for nine years. After these and many other first titles and records, his popularity can undoubtedly be assessed. This young player, who started being coached by his uncle at a tender age of 3 years, is now a shining superstar of the game of tennis.

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