He equalled Guillermo Vilas's all-time record of 49 clay court titles by winning the Barcelona Open in 2016. His uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal, is a retired professional footballer, who played for RCD Mallorca, FC Barcelona, and the Spanish national team.
In May 2001, he defeated former Grand Slam tournament champion Pat Cash in a clay-court exhibition match.
By the age of 17, he beat Roger Federer the first time they played and became the youngest man to reach the third round at Wimbledon since Boris Becker.
The following year, Nadal won two Challenger titles and finished the year in the top 50.
At his Wimbledon debut in 2003, Nadal became the youngest man to reach the third round since Boris Becker in 1984.
Nadal reached the third round of the 2004 Australian Open where he lost in three sets against Australian Lleyton Hewitt.
Interestingly, had he won, he would have faced Roger Federer in the next round.Three days after his victory in Paris, Nadal's 24-match winning streak was snapped in the first round of the grass court Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, where he lost to the German Alexander Waske.He then lost in the second round of 2005 Wimbledon to Gilles Müller of Luxembourg.Spanish tennis pro Rafael Nadal is taking a well-deserved vacation with longtime girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello in Ibiza, Spain.The couple looked so happy and relaxed aboard a large yacht, smiling and sharing sweet moments, before jumping off the boat for a swim.In 2011, Nadal was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.