Rafa, the amazing Spanish professional tennis player who never gives up in the face of overwhelming odds has been ranked world No. 1 tennis player for 209 weeks;, won an all-time record 22 Grand Slam men's singles titles, including a record 14 French Open titles; won 92 ATP singles titles including 36 Masters titles. His 81 consecutive wins on clay is the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era. He is currently ranked world No. 3 in singles by the ATP.
On Sunday, 11 October 2020, the World’s Number 2 ATP player demolished Serbian Novak Djokovic, the World’s Number 1, in three straight sets at the Roland Garros final. As the Spanish national anthem resounded in the Philippe Chatrier court, tears of emotion glistened in the Spanish eyes. In his victory speech, Rafa Nadal said, "I never hide that I would love to finish my career being the player with more Grand Slams, no doubt about that. The records, of course, I care." About Roger Federer who got there first, he said, "We will see when we end our careers. I believe our rivalry is something beautiful."
On this mild Sunday, 9 June 2019, the combatants at the Roland Garros men’s final started off evenly matched. But when all is said and done, Dominic Thiem was playing his second ever Grand Slam final against Refa Nadal’s up till then 17 final wins! And even though he became the first player to win a set against the Spaniard in a French Open final since 2014, that was hardly enough to topple the King of Clay from his throne
When the formidable Serena Williams defeated Muguruza in the 2015 Wimbledon final. she told the teary young Spanish player: “Don’t be sad. You’ll be holding this Venus Rosewater trophy very, very soon, believe me.” Two years later the prophesy came true at the expense of Serena's sister Venus.
Though he had other wins on other major courts, SUPERMANuel Santana was the only Spanish male winner at Wimbledon until Rafael Nadal came along in 2008. He became an instant national hero in isolated Spain
“Women’s tennis is craving for the next big thing and many hoped Muguruza was “it”. But at Wimbledonthe world number 124 Jana Cepelova eased past Muguruza as if she were not there”