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PostSubject: biografia::   Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:13 am

Rafael Nadal Parera (IPA: [rafa'el na'dal]) (born June 3, 1986, in Manacor, Mallorca) is a Spanish professional tennis player. He is ranked world number two (for a record 156 consecutive weeks),[1] is a four-time singles French Open champion (2005/06/07/08), and twice singles runner-up at Wimbledon (2006/07).

Nadal is undefeated at the French Open, having won all 28 matches played at that tournament. He has a storied rivalry with Roger Federer, most notably for defeating the world number one at the French Open in 2006, 2007 and 2008, so far denying Federer all four Grand Slams titles in a single calendar year. From April 2005 to May 2007, Nadal won a record 81 consecutive clay court matches before being defeated by Federer in the 2007 Hamburg Masters final. This is the longest winning streak of any male player on a single surface in the open era. These achievements have led many[who?] to regard Nadal as the greatest clay-court player in the history of the sport.[2]



Country Spain
Residence Manacor, Mallorca
Date of birth June 3, 1986 (1986-06-03) (age 22)
Place of birth Manacor, Mallorca
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 85.0 kg (187 lb/13.39 st)
Turned pro 2001
Plays Left-handed; two-handed backhand
Career prize money US$17,987,823
Singles
Career record: 302 - 73
Career titles: 28
Highest ranking: No. 2 (July 25, 2005)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open SF (2008)
French Open W (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Wimbledon F (2006, 2007, 2008)
US Open QF (2007)
Doubles
Career record: 65 - 43
Career titles: 4
Highest ranking: No. 26 (August 8, 2005)
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PostSubject: Re: biografia::   Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:19 am

Rafael Nadal was born in Manacor, Mallorca to Sebastiαn Nadal and Ana Marνa Parera; he has a younger sister named Marνa Isabel. His uncle, Miguel Αngel, is a retired professional football player, having played for RCD Mallorca, FC Barcelona, and the Spanish national team.[3] Nadal remains an avid supporter of RCD Mallorca, as well as Real Madrid.[4] His other uncle, Toni, a professional tennis player himself, introduced him to tennis as a 3 year-old boy and has been coaching him ever since.[5] Toni has also stated that Nadal had a natural talent playing tennis whilst Nadal himself preferred to play Football.[6] By the time Nadal was five, he was going to the tennis club twice a week to play and at eight years of age, and a promising striker in the local football team, he won the regional tennis championships for under-12s. By the time Nadal was 12 he had won the Spanish and European tennis titles in his age group and was playing either tennis or football all the time. Then in stepped the third of the three brothers, Rafael’s father, Sebastian. Nadal's father made him choose between Football and tennis so his school work didn’t suffer. When Nadal was 14 years old, the Spanish tennis federation requested that he leave Mallorca and move to Barcelona to continue his tennis progression and training. These requests were turned down by Nadal's parents and uncles meaning Nadal received less financial support to aid his development, Rafael's father Sebastian covered these costs himself and by the age of 16, Nadal was ranked in the world's top 50 players. While Nadal's upbringing and early years are largely kept private, he has stated growing up his passions were Football, Tennis and Fishing.[7]
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PostSubject: Re: biografia::   Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:20 am

Early years
Although Nadal plays left-handed, he is naturally right-handed. When he was younger, his coach, Toni Nadal aka Uncle Toni, decided that his two-handed backhand would benefit from a strong right arm, so he taught Rafael to play with his left.[8]

It was not until Nadal was 12 that he decided to pursue a career in tennis instead of football.[3] In May 2001, when Nadal was 14 years old, tennis great Pat Cash played a clay-court exhibition match against him. Cash, who was originally scheduled to play Boris Becker, was reluctant to play against Nadal, taking offense to this last minute change of opponent. Cash lost the match by a close margin.[3]

Nadal also trained at Nick Bollettieri's tennis camp in Florida for a short time during two summers in his early teens.


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In 2002, the 15-year-old Nadal won his first ATP match, defeating Ramon Delgado in Mallorca to become the ninth player in the open era to win an ATP match before his 16th birthday.[9]

In 2003, Nadal became the second-youngest player to be ranked among the world's top 100 singles players. He finished the year in the top 50, winning two Challenger titles. At his Wimbledon debut, Nadal, then 17, became the youngest male player to reach the third round since 16-year-old Boris Becker in 1984.[10]

In 2004, Nadal was forced to miss most of the clay-court season, including the French Open, due to a stress fracture in his left ankle.[3]
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PostSubject: Re: biografia::   Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:22 am

2005

Rafael Nadal in New Haven2005 was Nadal's breakthrough year. At the Australian Open, he reached the fourth round and pushed the eventual runner-up, Lleyton Hewitt, to five sets. Two months later, he reached the final of the Miami Masters tournament, and despite being two points away from victory in straight sets, he was defeated in five sets by the world's number one player, Roger Federer.

Shifting to the clay court season, Nadal won two ATP Masters Series events in Monte Carlo and Rome. At one point in the year, Nadal won 24 consecutive matches, the longest winning streak of any teenager in the open era, topping Andre Agassi's run of 23 matches in 1988. By May 2005, Nadal had reached the top 5 in the world rankings, becoming the youngest player to break into the top 10 since Andrei Medvedev in 1993.

Nadal entered his first French Open among the favorites. He beat two of France's local hopes, Sιbastien Grosjean and Richard Gasquet, to reach the semifinals. On his 19th birthday, he defeated Federer in the semifinals, preventing the Swiss from potentially achieving a career Grand Slam. Two days later, he became the fourth-youngest French Open champion in the open era, defeating Argentina's Mariano Puerta in the final.[11] He became the seventh player to win a Grand Slam in his first appearance at the event and the first since Agassi at the 1995 Australian Open, and he is one of only two people to win at Roland Garros on their first attempt, the first being Mats Wilander in 1982.[5] He also became the first teenager to win a Grand Slam singles title since Pete Sampras won the 1990 U.S. Open at age 19. Nadal is the first teenager to win at least six titles in a year since Agassi in 1988 at the age of 18.

Three days after his victory in Paris, his winning streak was snapped on the grass courts of Halle, Germany, where he was beaten by German Alexander Waske in the first round.[12] He suffered another disappointment at the 2005 Wimbledon Championships, where he was eliminated in the second round by Gilles Mόller of Luxembourg.[13]

In July, at age 19 years, 1 month, and 22 days, Nadal became the third teenager to reach World No. 2 in the history of the ATP computer rankings, which began in 1973, joining Boris Becker (age 18 years, 9 months, and 17 days) and Bjφrn Borg (age 18 years, 10 months, and 2 days) as the only teenagers to be ranked No. 2.[5]

Nadal started his 2005 hardcourt season by defeating Agassi in the final of the Canada Masters. Nadal was seeded second at the 2005 U.S. Open but was eliminated in the third round by American James Blake in four sets. Despite the loss, his second seeding and third round performance were both career highs. After the 2005 U.S. Open, Nadal won two hard court tournaments. In September, he defeated Guillermo Coria in the final of the China Open in Beijing, and in October, he won his fourth ATP Masters Series event, defeating Ivan Ljubičić in five sets in the final of the Madrid Masters. He then suffered a foot injury that kept him out of the Tennis Masters Cup in 2005 and the start of 2006, causing him to miss the 2006 Australian Open. Overall, Nadal matched world No. 1 Roger Federer's standard in ATP titles won in a single season, eleven, and Masters Series events won, four. He won 79 matches in 2005, second only to Federer's 81.


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PostSubject: Re: biografia::   Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:24 am

2006

Nadal at the 2006 French OpenThe rivalry between Nadal and Roger Federer continued into 2006. In March 2006, Nadal handed Federer his first loss of the year at the final in Dubai, winning 2–6, 6–4, 6–4. Nadal defeated Federer again at the Monte Carlo Masters by a score of 6–2, 6–7, 6–3, 7–6.

The two squared off again in the Rome Masters final. There, it seemed as though Federer might finally defeat his nemesis, thereby ending Nadal's streak of consecutive clay court matches. However, Nadal fought off two match points and won 6–7, 7–6, 6–4, 2–6, 7–6.

Nadal broke Argentinian Guillermo Vilas's 29-year record of 53 consecutive clay court match victories after defeating Robin Soderling in the first round of the 2006 French Open. Following the victory, Nadal was presented with a trophy containing the cross section of the construction of a clay court. Vilas was on hand for the ceremony, although Vilas has refused to acknowledge Nadal's feat as more impressive than his own (which was accomplished in a single season).[14]

At the French Open, Nadal reached the final for the second consecutive year, and squared off against the world's No. 1 player, Roger Federer, in a highly anticipated match. For Federer, the French Open was the missing link in a career Grand Slam and in holding all four majors simultaneously. For Nadal, the task of defending his French Open title, as well as maintaining a dominant winning record against Federer, was enormous, something that no other player had so far accomplished. Though Nadal was the favorite based on his clay court ability, Federer was the overwhelming favorite with the raucous French crowd. Everyone expected a highly competitive match, much like the ones they had played in the last three Masters Series tournaments. Yet the first two sets were hardly competitive as the rivals traded 6–1 sets. Nadal steamrolled over Federer through the third set and most of the fourth. Federer finally broke Nadal's serve deep in the fourth set as he was serving for the match and forced a tiebreak, which Nadal won. With the win, he became the first player to defeat Federer in a Grand Slam final.[15]

With an undefeated 2006 clay court season, Nadal firmly stamped himself as the dominant clay court player in the world and as the only player able to beat Federer consistently.

In the quarterfinals of Queens Club Championships, a Wimbledon tune-up tournament, Nadal withdrew due to a shoulder injury against Lleyton Hewitt. This loss ended a winning streak of 26 matches, the last loss to Carlos Moyΰ in March.

Seeded No. 2 going into Wimbledon, Nadal reached the finals, securing a match against Federer by beating Marcos Baghdatis in the semifinals. During his run, Nadal was two points from defeat against American qualifier Robert Kendrick in the second round before coming back to win in five sets. Nadal also defeated Andre Agassi in the third round, in Agassi's final match at Wimbledon. All seven of the previous Nadal/Federer encounters had been played on either clay or hard courts; however, Wimbledon is played on grass, Federer's preferred surface. He had won the title three consecutive years. Though Nadal played well in the final after a sluggish start, he fell in four sets, 6–0, 7–6, 6–7, 6–3, cementing Federer's position at the top of the world rankings. Despite the loss, Nadal well exceeded most expectations by reaching the finals, winning more matches at Wimbledon (six) than he had ever won on grass in his entire career. Prior to the 2006 tennis season, Nadal's record on grass courts stood at three wins and three losses, and even the most optimistic predictions suggested that he would be several years away from being a contender on grass.[16][17]

With their finals appearance, Nadal and Federer became the only pair of men in the open era to reach the Wimbledon final after having both played in the French Open final just a month prior. There have been several men to reach the Wimbledon final after making the French Open final, but never had the same two men accomplished such a feat at the same time. They repeated this feat in 2007 and 2008.

At the 2006 U.S. Open Nadal reached the quarterfinals, his best result at the tournament to date. He lost to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in four sets. Nadal failed, however, to reach the third round of his next tournament, the Stockholm Open, where he lost to Joachim Johansson 6–4, 7–6. Nadal also lost in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Masters, where he was defeated by TomᚠBerdych 6–3, 7–6 for the third time. After the tournament, Nadal blamed mental and physical exhaustion for his recent losses.

During the round robin stage of the Tennis Masters Cup, Nadal lost to James Blake, but defeated Nikolay Davydenko and Tommy Robredo. Nadal reached the semifinals as the second place finisher in his group, where he lost to Federer 6–4, 7–5. This was Nadal's third loss in nine career matches with Federer. He and Federer played an exhibition match in Seoul, Korea, the week after the Master's Cup, which Federer won in three sets.
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PostSubject: Re: biografia::   Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:26 am

2007

Nadal during his final versus Federer at the 2007 French Open.Nadal started 2007 by reaching the semifinals of the Chennai Open in India, where he lost to Xavier Malisse 6–4, 7–6. At his next tournament in Sydney, Australia, Nadal retired from his first match against Chris Guccione with a groin injury. At the Australian Open, Nadal defeated Andy Murray 6–7(3), 6–4, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1 to reach the quarterfinals, where he lost to Fernando Gonzαlez 6–2, 6–4, 6–3.

In the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships, Nadal lost to Mikhail Youzhny 7–6, 6–2. After that loss, he played at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, defeating Novak Đjoković 6–2, 7–5 in the final. However, at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Nadal was defeated in the quarterfinals by tenth seeded and eventual winner Đjoković 6–3, 6–4.

Nadal defeated Federer in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters 6–4, 6–4. This was Nadal's third consecutive title in the principality, the first player since Ilie Năstase in 1971-73 to accomplish that feat. He followed that hat-trick with another one at the Open Seat in Barcelona, Spain, defeating Guillermo Caρas in the final. At the Rome Masters, Nadal continued his hat-trick streak, beating Fernando Gonzαlez in the final 6–2, 6–2 to become the first man to win in Rome three consecutive years. At the Hamburg Masters, Nadal lost the final to Federer 2–6, 6–2, 6–0. The loss ended Nadal's clay court winning streak at 81, which is the male open-era record for most consecutive victories on a single surface. He thus surpassed John McEnroe's 75-match streak record on indoor carpet.[18]

On May 2, 2007, the "Battle of Surfaces," an exhibition event, took place at the Palma Arena in Mallorca. Nadal and Federer met on a tennis court that is half grass and half clay.[19] Nadal won 7–5, 4–6, 7–6(10).

Nadal and Federer would meet in the final of the French Open for the second consecutive year, and in the latter stages of the tournament for the third time in a row. Nadal prevailed in four sets, 6–3, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, winning his third straight championship at Roland Garros. With this victory, he became the first player to win the French Open in three consecutive years since Bjφrn Borg in 1978-81. He once again prevented Roger Federer from achieving the career Grand Slam and holding all four major titles simultaneously.

In preparation for Wimbledon, Nadal played the grass court Queen's Club Championships, losing in the quarterfinals to Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 7–5, 7–6(0).

In Wimbledon, Nadal reached his second final in a row, having been beaten by Federer in the final there in 2006. Nadal's road to the final proved difficult - he was pushed to the limit both in the third and fourth round, ultimately prevailing in tough five-set matches on each occasion. In his fourth round match against the talented Russian Mikhail Youzhny, Nadal's mental strength was key in enabling him to win. Having been outplayed in the first two sets, Nadal immediately bounced back to seal an impressive victory 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Numerous rain delays also kept him on the court for seven straight days.[20] In the quarterfinals, Nadal defeated TomᚠBerdych in straight sets, and was awarded victory in his semifinal when fourth seed Novak Đoković retired injured.[21] However, he was defeated 7–6(7), 4–6, 7–6(3), 2–6, 6–2 in the final by Federer, giving the Swiss his fifth straight triumph at Wimbledon. While leading 4–1 in the fourth set, Nadal had to take some time out to have an ailing knee taped, and although he exhibited no apparent ill effects, the direction of the match then turned in Federer's favour. Early in the fifth set, Nadal failed to convert four break point chances at 15-40 in two consecutive Federer service games.

Despite this loss, Nadal remained the only active player with a winning record (8–6) against Federer after five matches or more. Nadal is 6–1 on clay, 2–3 on hard courts, and 0–2 on grass against Federer. With his achievement in Wimbledon 2007, Nadal is also both the first player that has forced Federer to a fifth set in a Grand Slam (tennis) final, and the first to take Federer to a fifth set at Wimbledon since his 2001 fourth round encounter with Pete Sampras.

At the clay-court tournament in Stuttgart, his first tournament since Wimbledon, Nadal defeated comeback player Stanislas Wawrinka in the final to win his second title there in three years (he did not participate in 2006). It was his 23rd title.

Nadal then played the Canada Masters tournament, an event he won in 2005. He reached the semifinal, where he lost to the eventual winner Novak Đjoković 7–5, 6–3. The following week, at the Cincinnati Masters, Nadal retired from his first match (a second-round encounter with Juan Mσnaco who was leading 7–6, 4–1). Although Nadal had been struggling with a knee injury,[22] it was a problem with his forearm that caused him to retire.

At the 2007 U.S. Open, Nadal was defeated in the fourth round by countryman David Ferrer in four sets, 6–7, 6–4, 7–6, 6–2. He also lost in the 2007 Madrid Masters quarterfinals. He lost to eventual titlist David Nalbandian 6–1, 6–2. At the 2007 Paris Masters, Nadal reached the semifinals where he slimly defeated Marcos Baghdatis. He faced David Nalbandian in the final again, and lost again, 6–4, 6–0.[23] By reaching the final of the Paris Masters, the Cincinnati Masters becomes the only ATP Masters Series event to which Nadal has not reached the title match.

Nadal participated in the Tennis Masters Cup,defeating Richard Gasquet 3–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the first match of round-robin contention. He then lost to David Ferrer 4–6 6–4 6–3, followed by a 6–4, 6–4 victory in the match against Novak Đoković. Nadal's advance to the semifinals was guaranteed after Richard Gasquet of France lost 6–1, 6–1, to David Ferrer. The semifinal proved to be the last match of the season as he was beaten 6–4 6–1 by Roger Federer.

During the close season a very serious problem with his foot, that might hinder his career, was raised by his coach. However Nadal himself and his doctor denied this: they both claimed he was in perfect health.


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PostSubject: Re: biografia::   Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:27 am

Nadal started his year as the top seed at the Chennai Open. In the semifinals, Nadal defeated fellow countryman Carlos Moyΰ in 3 hours, 54 minutes, 6–7(3), 7–6(Cool, 7–6(1). This match equaled the record for the longest three set match in ATP tour history that Andrei Cherkasov and Andrea Gaudenzi previously held. In the final, Nadal was defeated by Mikhail Youzhny 6–0, 6–1.

At the 2008 Australian Open, Nadal defeated Jarkko Nieminen in the quarterfinals and thereby reached the semifinals for the first time. He was defeated by unseeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6–2, 6–3, 6–2 despite having not lost a set in his previous five matches.

In Rotterdam, he was upset by Andreas Seppi, who defeated him 3–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the second round. At the Dubai Tennis Championships, Nadal reached the quarter finals where he lost to the eventual champion, Andy Roddick in straight sets 7–6, 6–2. At the 2008 Pacific Life Open, Nadal, the defending champion, fell to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals 6–2, 6–3, after three set wins against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and James Blake.

In the next week, in the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open, Nadal fell to Nikolay Davydenko in the final 4–6 2–6. Nadal followed this up with a fourth straight Monte Carlo Masters victory, defeating Roger Federer, 7–5, 7–5, coupled with a 6–3, 6–3 triumph in the doubles partnering Tommy Robredo. He thereby became only the second player in history to win both the singles and doubles of a Masters Series tournament, the other being Jim Courier at the 1991 Indian Wells tournament.

Nadal followed this up a week later with his 25th career ATP title in Barcelona, his fourth win in a row there, by beating his compatriot David Ferrer in three sets. This improved his record to 20–1 in clay court finals, and he has won 103 of his last 104 matches on clay.[24]

At the 2008 Rome Masters, Nadal, affected by his painful right foot [25], was upset by fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero in the second round in straight sets 7-5, 6-1. It was only his second loss in his last 105 clay court matches, and his first-ever loss in Rome.[26]

At the 2008 Hamburg Masters, Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic 7–5, 2–6, 6–2 in a semi final lasting more than three hours. On May 18, Nadal went on capture his 11th ATP Masters Series crown after defeating Roger Federer in the final 7–5, 6–7, 6–3. He thereby became only the third player since 1990 to have captured all three clay-court Masters Series titles (Monte Carlo, Rome and Hamburg) in his career, the other two being Gustavo Kuerten and Marcelo Rios.

At the 2008 French Open, Nadal won his first round match in straight sets by beating Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 7-5, 6-3, 6-1. In his second round match, Nadal beat Frenchman Nicolas Devilder 6-4, 6-0, 6-1. In his fourth straight day on the court, he disposed of the Finn Jarkko Nieminen 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 in the third round. In the fourth round, Nadal beat Spaniard and 22nd seed, Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 6-0, 6-2. This was Nadal's 4th straight left hander in the French Open. In the quarterfinals, Nadal beat another Spaniard, the 19th seed Nicolas Almagro, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. He had dropped just 25 games to this point (a record for fewest games lost through the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event in the Open Era), an average of five per match. In his semifinal, Nadal overcame third seed Novak Djokovic, 6-4 6-2 7-6(3), to book a place in the final against Roger Federer. He is the third player in history (after Bjorn Borg and Ivan Lendl) to play four consecutive French Open finals. Nadal won the final match over Federer 6-1 6-3 6-0, tying Bjorn Borg's record of four consecutive Roland Garros singles titles. He won the tournament without dropping a set, thereby becoming only the 5th player to have completed this feat, after Bjorn Borg, Ken Rosewall, Ilie Nastase, and Roger Federer during the open era.[citation needed] Nadal paid respectful tribute to opponent Roger Federer after his victory. This was the first time since 1999 that someone had won a 6–0 set against Federer.

At the Queen's Club Championships, he overcame Ivo Karlović's 35 aces and won the quaterfinals, 6–7(5), 7–6(5), 7–6(4). He defeated the four-time and defending champion Andy Roddick in the semifinals, 7–5, 6–4. He then went on to defeat Novak Djokovic in the final, 7-6(6), 7-5 to capture his first ATP title on grass. With the win, Nadal became the first Spanish player to win a Grass Court Event (Queens) during the open era, and the second player in the Open era (after Ilie Nastase) to win this tournament as reigning French Open champion.

After winning the 2008 Queen's Club Championships, beating Novak Djokovic 7–6(6), 7–5, Nadal entered the 2008 Wimbledon Championships. In the first round Nadal met Andreas Beck winning 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(0) and eased into the second round to face Ernests Gulbis. In a surprise 4 set match Nadal overcame Gulbis 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(2), 6-3. In round 3, Nicolas Kiefer was the next player eliminated by Nadal losing 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-3 giving Nadal a 4th round tie against Russian Mikhail Youzhny. Once again Nadal cruised to a straight sets win over Youzhny winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. After progressing into the quarter finals, Nadal was matched against British number 1 Andy Murray in one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament. Nadal defeated Murray in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to book a place in the 2008 Wimbledon Championships semifinal against Rainer Schuettler. Nadal will once again meet world number one Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final after beating Schuettler 6-1 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 in the semifinal.
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