With 20 Grand Slam titles under his belt, Rafael Nadal is one of the most highly-decorated male tennis players of all time.

As his professional career winds down, take a look at some of his highs over the last 23 years.


When did Rafael Nadal start playing tennis?

Rafael Nadal began playing tennis at age 4.

When did Rafael Nadal turn pro?

Rafael Nadal turned pro at 15 years old in 2001. He became the youngest tennis player to win a professional match a year later.

How old was Nadal when he won his first Grand Slam?

Just two days after Rafael Nadal's 19th birthday, he won his first Grand Slam title at the 2005 French Open, becoming the first teenager to win a Grand Slam since Pete Sampras at the 1990 U.S. Open.

How many French Open titles does Rafael Nadal have?

Rafael Nadal holds the most titles in French Open history with 14, earning consecutive wins between 2005 and 2008, 2010 and 2014, and 2017 and 2020, as well as one stand-alone win in 2022. 

What is Rafael Nadal’s record at the French Open?

Rafael Nadal's 14-0 record in French Open finals is the best at a single major for any player, man or woman, and his 112-4 career record overall at the tournament holds the record for most wins and best winning percentage in competition history.

How many Grand Slam titles has Rafael Nadal won?

Rafael Nadal has 20 Grand Slam titles: 14 at the French Open (2005-08, 2010-14, 2017-20, 2022), four at the U.S. Open (2010, 2013, 2017, 2019) and two at the Australian Open (2009, 2022).

How many ATP titles does Rafael Nadal have?

Rafael Nadal has 92 ATP singles titles and 11 doubles titles.

Why do they call Rafael Nadal the “King of Clay”?

Rafael Nadal is one of the winningest tennis players on a clay court. According to the Association of Tennis Professionals, he's won 84% of service games on a clay court (86% on any surface), and his 14 French Open titles (earned on the tournament's signature clay courts) are the most titles at any major in men's or women's history.

What was Rafael Nadal’s consecutive win streak on clay?

According to the French Open, Rafael Nadal holds the record for longest single-surface win streak in ATP history, with 81 wins on clay between April 2005 and May 2007.

How many Olympics has Rafael Nadal been to?

Rafael Nadal played in two Olympic Games: Beijing in 2008 and Rio in 2016. He missed London (2012) and Tokyo (2020) due to injury. He served as Spain's flag bearer in Rio in 2016.

How many Olympic medals has Rafael Nadal won?

Rafael Nadal is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. He won his first title in men's singles in Beijing and his second in men's doubles in Rio.

What is Rafael Nadal’s record vs Novak Djokovic?

One of the most recognizable rivalries in men's tennis, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have faced each other a record 59 times. Djokovic leads the race 30-29, though the King of Clay leads 20-8 on the dusty red surface. However, Djokovic has bested Nadal eight times on clay, the most of any player. At the French Open, Nadal's specialty, Nadal leads the duo, 8-2.

Their most highly-contested match — and one that's widely regarded as the best clay contest of all time — was their 2013 French Open semifinal, which Djokovic led 4-2 in the sixth set before Nadal came back to win the set 9-7.

How long was Rafael Nadal ranked No. 1 in the world?

Rafael Nadal held the top spot in men's tennis for a total of 209 weeks, or just over four years. His longest streak was 56 weeks.

What is Rafael Nadal’s total prize money?

Throughout his career, Rafael Nadal has amassed almost $135 million in prize earnings between his singles and doubles victories.