Friday, July 04, 2008
(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), is a four-time singles French Open champion (2005-2008), and a two-time 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 to regard Nadal as the greatest clay-court player in the history of the sport.