Rafael Nadal factfile

Last Updated: 10/09/13 8:16am

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Having secured a 13th grand slam crown with a four-set success over Novak Djokovic at the US Open, we look back at the career of Rafael Nadal.

1986: Born June 3, Mallorca, Spain.

2001: Turns professional.

2002: Wins first match on the ATP circuit in Mallorca, becoming the ninth player in the Open era to win an ATP match before his 16th birthday.

2004: Wins first ATP title, in Sopot, Poland.

December - Beats Andy Roddick in four sets to help Spain beat the United States in Davis Cup final.

2005: June - Becomes first man since Mats Wilander in 1982 to win the French Open title on debut with a four-set win over Mariano Puerta.

2006: March - Beats Roger Federer to win the ATP event in Dubai, ending the world No 1's run of 56 consecutive hard-court wins; June - Beats Robin Soderling in first round at French Open for his 54th consecutive claycourt win, setting a professional era record in the men's game. Defends title with victory over Federer, his 59th straight win on clay.

2006: July - Loses Wimbledon final in four sets to Federer.

2007: May 7 - Wins 76th straight match on clay to set a new record for consecutive victories on any single surface; May 20 - Winning streak on clay ends at 81 matches with defeat in the final of the Hamburg Masters to Federer; June 10 - Wins third straight French Open, beating Federer in the final; July 8 - Loses Wimbledon final to Federer after five-set epic.

2008: January 24 - Reaches Australian Open semi-finals for first time but is beaten by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; June 8 - Thrashes Federer 6-1 6-3 6-0 to win his fourth successive French Open title, equalling the feat of Bjorn Borg. Becomes only the fifth player to win a grand slam without dropping a set; July 6 - Claims his first Wimbledon title with a 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-7 (8/10) 9-7 victory over Federer, becoming the first man since Borg in 1980 to hold the Wimbledon and French Open titles simultaneously; August 17 - Wins Olympic gold in Beijing with straight-sets defeat of Fernando Gonzalez; September 9 - Loses in the semi-finals of the US Open to Andy Murray.

2009: February 1 - Wins first Australian Open title after five-set victory over Federer; May 31 - Loses his first match at the French Open, beaten by Soderling in the fourth round; September 13 - Thrashed 6-2 6-2 6-2 by Juan Martin Del Potro in US Open semi-final; December 4-6 - Helps Spain win Davis Cup, beating Czech Republic 5-0.

2010: June 6 - Regains the French Open title, beating Soderling 6-4 6-2 6-4 in the final; July 4 - Beats Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-5 6-4 in the Wimbledon final; September 14 - Becomes only the seventh man to complete the career Grand Slam with a 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2 victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

2011: June 5 - Successfully defends his French Open title, beating Federer 7-5 7-6 (7/3) 5-7 6-1 to equal the six Roland Garros trophies won by Borg; July 3 - Loses his Wimbledon title 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 to Djokovic; September 12 - The same story for Nadal as Djokovic wins 6-2 6-4 6-7 6-1 in the final of the US Open; December 4 - Helps Spain win their third Davis Cup crown in four years.

2012: January 29 - Djokovic wins a third straight grand slam final against Nadal, beating him 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 7-5 in five hours and 53 minutes at the Australian Open, the longest grand slam final in history; April 22 - Ends a seven-match losing streak against Djokovic in Monte Carlo, in turn winning his eighth consecutive title in the Principality; June 11 - Becomes the first man to win seven French Open titles beating Djokovic 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5; June 28 - Suffers a shock defeat by world No 100 Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon, his earliest grand slam defeat in seven years; July - Pulls out of the Olympics with knee problems. He does not play again for seven months.

2013: February 6 - Plays his first match back at a tournament in Chile. He reaches the final but loses to Horacio Zeballos; March - After winning titles on clay in Sao Paulo and Acapulco, Nadal beats Del Potro in the final in Indian Wells - his first final success on a different surface since 2010; April - Fails to win a ninth straight title in Monte Carlo as he loses to Djokovic in the final. Goes on to win titles in Barcelona, Madrid and Rome; June 9 - Becomes the first man to win eight singles titles at a single grand slam with a 6-3 6-2 6-3 victory over David Ferrer in the French Open final; September 9 - Beats Djokovic in four sets to claim second US Open title.

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