SPAIN’S most international sport’s star makes the history books again becoming the first player in history to be number one in three different decades.
An achievement Nadal has joked about saying it means he’s “very old.”
Spain remains firm in its path in the ATP Cup and has already sealed the way to the next phase after beating Georgia and Uruguay. The Davis Cup champions are looking to assert their dominance in world tennis. However, there is one player that makes the Spanish tennis continues to reap success and that is Rafa Nadal.
The current world number one became this year, 2020, the first player who has been number one in the world in three different decades: 2000, 2010 and now 2020.
"You actually are the first player to be World No. 1 in three different decades… what is the secret?"
— ATPCup (@ATPCup) January 6, 2020
The 2000’s Saw The Birth Of A Star
The tennis player from Manacor won his first number one in 2008 in a year in which he was crowned for the first time at Wimbledon after a final against Roger Federer. The year he also won his fourth consecutive Roland Garros, beating his two great rivals, Djokovic and Federer in semifinals and final, respectively. In 2008 Nadal also won what was his first Olympic medal, gold in the Beijing Games.
During The 2010s: The Tennis World Saw The Crowning Of The King
This decade has seen Nadal crowned as one of the greatest players in the history of sport. He was crowned number one in 2010. In these ten years, the Manacor has won fourteen Grand Slams, taking his total to 19 Grand Slams won and is only one away from Federer’s world record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles, the highest number in the history of men’s tennis.
The 2020s: The Challenge Of Being The Best
Rafa Nadal, at 33, faces a decade of inevitable decline but with only one Grand Slam away from Federer historic achievement, he now faces the challenge of becoming a tennis legend. The Spaniard has a shot to become the player with more Grand Slams in the history of tennis. The Australia Open will be the first opportunity for Nadal to match the Swiss and become the Tennis King in every sense.