Nadal is the only male player in tennis history to win one Grand Slam and at least one Masters 1000 title for ten consecutive years from 2005–2014.
He equalled Guillermo Vilas's all-time record of 49 clay-court titles by winning the Barcelona Open in 2016.
The following year, Nadal won two Challenger titles and finished the year in the top 50.
Rafael Nadal was born in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain. His uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal, is a retired professional footballer, who played for RCD Mallorca, FC Barcelona, and the Spanish national team.His father, Sebastián Nadal, is a businessman who owns an insurance company, a glass and window company, Vidres Mallorca, and manages his own restaurant, Sa Punta. This made Toni Nadal intensify training, and at that time he encouraged Nadal to play left-handed for a natural advantage on the tennis court, as he noticed Nadal played forehand shots with two hands.At the 2005 Australian Open, Nadal lost in the fourth round to eventual runner-up Lleyton Hewitt.Two months later, Nadal reached the final of the 2005 Miami Masters, and despite being two points from a straight-sets victory, he was defeated in five sets by world No. Both performances were considered to be breakthroughs for Nadal.Nadal holds the record for most consecutive titles at one event after winning his eighth straight Monte-Carlo Masters in 2012.
He is the only player in the open era to achieve such a feat.In 2010, he became the seventh player in history and youngest of four in the Open Era to achieve the Career Grand Slam at age 24.He is the second male player, after Andre Agassi, to complete the singles Career Golden Slam.Nadal and Mats Wilander are the only two male players who have won at least two Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces—hard court, grass, and clay.By winning the 2014 French Open, Nadal became the third player to win a single Grand Slam tournament nine times (Martina Navratilova 9, Margaret Court 11) and the first male to win at least one Grand Slam tournament for ten consecutive years, breaking the record of eight consecutive years previously shared by Björn Borg, Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer.Later that year, Nadal played his first match against world No.