Rafael Nadal’s Most Historic Wins that Changed the Game

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Rafael Nadal’s Most Historic Wins that Changed the Game


Growing up as a sports prodigy in Spain’s Majorca island, the current World Number 2 of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Rafael Nadal never thought that he would change the game of tennis, forever. All he ever asked during his younger years was for a shot at the French Open title. In hindsight, quite a humble ambition for someone who has since secured 13 French Open titles throughout an illustrious career that continues to flourish today.

Growing up as a sports prodigy in Spain’s Majorca island, the current World Number 2 of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Rafael Nadal never thought that he would change the game of tennis, forever. All he ever asked during his younger years was for a shot at the French Open title. In hindsight, quite a humble ambition for someone who has since secured 13 French Open titles throughout an illustrious career that continues to flourish today.

 
 

It’s a bit difficult to stay humble, though, especially when you’ve just been named the Laureus Sportsman Of The Year for 2021 after reaching the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open on the same day, not to mention having earned the distinction twice already (the first being awarded in 2011). Nadal’s star doesn’t seem like it’s fading, either, despite turning 35 next month. After winning the French Open in 2020 to make it his fourth consecutive win (after recording five straight titles from 2010-2014), and matching the 20th grand slam of Roger Federer, Nadal is making tennis history that’s truly worthy of books and documentaries for other aspirants to learn from.

 
Rafael Nadal
 
 
 

Torn between two sports

 
 

With almost 20 years in the competitive circuit, Nadal’s commitment to tennis remains one of the most inspiring ones to date. But getting to the peak of the pedestal was not an easy climb for the Spaniard who fell in love with two sports when he was younger.

 
 

Born in Manacor in Majorca, Spain, Nadal first fell in love with football, perhaps because of his uncle Miguel who wore the RCD Mallorca, FC Barcelona, and Spanish national colors during his heyday. Growing up, Nadal idolized Brazillian striker Ronaldo and his love for the sport even took him to several live games as a young fan. This penchant for sport is what later motivated the young Nadal to pursue his training for both football and tennis, simultaneously.

 
 

However, ending up as the tennis great that he is can be traced back to another uncle named Toni, who served as his tennis coach. Noticing the young athlete’s grace and agility, Toni took the young Nadal under his wing when he was just three years old.


Submitted: May 19, 2021

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