He has stated that growing up, his passions were football, tennis and fishing.
He is the only man to enter the Olympics in the top five and win a gold medal in singles.
He won the 2005 French Open against Mariano Puerta in four sets. The 2006 French Open agaisnt Roger Federer in four setes.
During matches at the French Open, Rafeal Nadal is met with hostility from the crowd.
He is the number 1 seed for the first time in his career at the 2008 U.S. Open.
His doubles record is 65-45. He is ranked #26 on the doubles tour. He has won four titles on the tour.
He was the Laureus World newcomer of the year in 2006.
He was the ATP's most improved player in the year 2005.
He was ATP's newcomer of the year in 2003.
His clothing sponsor is Nike.
Nadal plays with top-spin heavy strokes, fast mobility, and play balls from the deep court.
By the age of 16, he was already in the worlds top 50 players.
He has been dating Maria Francesca for about three years.
He was ranked #2 for a record 160 weeks.
He won his first Wimbledon in 2008 defeating Roger Federer. He was the runner-up in the previous two Wimbledon's.
He has a long-time rivalry with Roger Federer. Many say its the best tennis rivalry ever. He has played Federer in four of six Grand Slam finals matches. They have played eachother 18 times, with Nadal winning 12 of them.
He is coached by his uncle, Toni Nadal.
Rafeal Nadal won gold in the 2008 Olympic games playing tennis.
In 2004, he was part of the Spanish team that won the Davis Cup in tennis.
He currently holds the number one ranking in tennis.
He currently holds a 60 match win streak on clay court tennis play.
He lists his favorite actors as Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington.
His favorite football player is Zinedine Zidane of France.
He always takes a shower before a match as a habit of his.
He lists some of his hobbies as playing playstation, soccer, reading books, fishing and movies.
He has won five Grand Slam tennis events.
Rafeal Nadal has "Let's go Rafa" written on his shoes.
He is often flagged for spending too long before serving the ball.
Rafael Nadal uses a Babolat rocket known as Aero Drive.
He is the global ambassador for Kia Motors.
He plays left-handed, and two-handed backhand. He is naturally right-handed, though.
His nickname is "Rafa." He also has the nickname "The King of Clay." He has a 22-1 record on clay surfaces in tournaments.
He has won four straight French Open tennis finals. Only other person to do that was Bjorn Borg.
His career record is 323-74 in singles play.
His current career prize money is $8,336,939.
He is listed at 6'1 and 188 lbs.
Rafa Nadal is the nephew of Miguel Angel Nadal, former FC Barcelona and Real Mallorca football player.
Rafael Nadal turned pro in 2001. He won his first match against Pat Cash.
Rafael Nadal: (Rafael Nadal on winning his first Wimbledon Title) It's impossible to explain what I felt in that moment but I'm very, very happy. It is a dream to play on this court, my favourite tournament, but to win I never imagined.
Rafael Nadal: (Rafael Nadal talks about his uncle Toni) It demands much to me, I guess that for being of my family. He has taught to me everything, and mainly to being better person.