Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Biography of Rafael Nadal



Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera, born 3 June 1986 is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked No. 1 in the world.

Nadal has won eight Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, a record 18 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and also was part of the Spain Davis Cup team that won the finals in 2004, 2008 and 2009. He is regarded by many as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

His success on clay has earned him the nickname "The King of Clay", and has prompted many experts to regard him as the greatest clay court player of all time.

Playing Style
Nadal generally plays an aggressive, behind-the-baseline game founded on heavy topspin groundstrokes, consistency, speedy footwork. Known for his athleticism and speed around the court, Nadal is a capable defender who hits well on the run, constructing winning plays from seemingly defensive positions.

He is a counter-puncher. Nadal is primarily a baseliner and seldom volleys.
In recent years, Nadal employs a semi-western grip forehand, often with a "lasso-whip" follow through, where his left arm hits through the ball and finishes above his left shoulder as opposed to a more traditional finish across the body or around his opposite shoulder. Nadal's serve is considered a weak point in his game.

Nadal relies on the consistency of his serve to gain a strategic advantage in points, rather than going for service winners. During the 2010 French Open, Men's Fitness reported that Nadal wore a $525,000 Richard Mille watch on the court as part of a sponsorship deal with the Swiss watchmaker.

Equipment
Nadal uses an AeroPro Drive racquet with a 4 1/4-inch L2 grip. Nadal uses no replacement grip, and instead wraps two overgrips around the handle. Nadal used Duralast 15L strings until the 2010 season, when he switched to Babolat's new, black-colored, RPM Blast string. Nadal's rackets are always strung at 55 lb, regardless of which surface or conditions he is playing in.

Nike serves as Nadal's clothing and shoe sponsor.

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