Rafael Nadal quotes
Birthdate: 3. June 1986
Rafael Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently world No. 2 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals .Nadal has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, the second most in history for a male player, as well as a record 33 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, 20 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments, and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles. In addition, Nadal has held the number one ranking for a total of 196 weeks. In majors, Nadal has won a record 11 French Open titles, three US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles, and one Australian Open title. Nadal has also won 57 clay court titles, including his 11 French Open titles, the most of any player in the Open Era. With 81 consecutive match wins on clay, Nadal has the longest single surface win streak of any player in the Open Era.
He was also a member of the winning Spain Davis Cup team in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011. In 2010, he became the seventh male player in history and youngest of five 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. In 2011, Nadal was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.
Quotes Rafael Nadal
Preparing to play at the 2006 US Open http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/low/tennis/5295932.stm
„To be honest, I haven't felt at my best since this tournament began. I didn't feel good with the court or the balls. But those are excuses. You have to accept when you don't play well and somebody else does.“
After losing to James Blake at the US Open http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/04/sports/tennis/04men.html?pagewanted=all
„He has never broken a racket in anger. It would be showing a lack of respect to people who actually have to buy the equipment to play the sport.“
Uncle Toni Nadal on nephew Rafael. http://nadal-rafael.tripod.com/id9.html
„It's impossible to explain what I felt in that moment, just very, very happy to win this title. For me, it is a dream to play in this tournament. But to win, I never imagined something like this.“
After beating five time champion Roger Federer in the 2008 Men's Wimbledon Final
„In your career you have a lot of good moments and bad ones. The important thing is to have enough motivation to keep working all the days with humility and trying to be a better player than before. I am going to try to continue doing this.“