Rafael Nadal Parera currently ranked world number 2 by the ATP going into the Australian Open in Jan 2019, started his professional career by the age of 15 in 2001.
Born in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain on 3rd June 1986 has broken numerous number of records in the world of Tennis.
Lets Start with simple stats like
11 Men's Singles titles at one Major - Grand Slam
11 Men's Singles titles - French Open
11 Men's Singles titles - Monte Carlo Masters
11 Men's Singles titles - Barcelona Open
8 Men's Singles titles - Rome Masters
5 Men's Singles titles - Madrid Open
10 consecutive years with at least one Grand Slam title, the most by any player in history.
39 consecutive match wins - French Open
Rafael Nadal has 17 Grand Slam titles 2 to Roger Federer who is with 20 Grand Slam Titles, followed by Pete Sampras and Novak Djokovic with 14 each.
There are only 8 players in history who achieved a career Grand Slam that is to win all the 4 major tournaments.
Rafael Nadal has won 2 Olympic golds one in Beijing for Singles and 2016 in Rio for Doubles. Making him the second player after Andre Agassi to win all 4 grand slams and an olympic gold medal in singles tennis.
Just like El-Classico in football, Ashes Test in Cricket, The clash between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is an epic match to watch out for especially the finals. They have battled 24 finals with Nadal leading 14–10. In total they have faced each other 38 times and Nadal leading by 23–15.
Rafa has had injuries in his knee which naturally brought his rankings down for a couple of years during the 2011-2015. His contribution to the sport in Spain has left the people with lots of gratitude towards him that they named an asteroid after him, named Rafaelnadal in 2003. Apart from Tennis he has this love towards Football as well he is been a big time inspirer of Brazilian Footballer - Ronaldo during the latters time in the spanish La Liga. He is a big time supporter of Real Madrid, and also owns a 10% of the club named RCD Mallorca.
Winning the semi-finals against the greek youngster Tsitsipitas, who possed quite a threat throughout the Australian Open tournament, will now face Novak Djokovic in the Finals.