Rafael Nadal: ‘It’s been a fair exchange because…’

Two decades after playing his first ATP match at the age of 15, Rafael Nadal is among the most successful tennis players in history. Rafa has been ranked inside the top-10 for 800 consecutive weeks, and has 21 Majors and 36 Masters 1000 crowns under his belt, backed by five year-end finishes as no.1. Despite the numerous injuries that he has suffered over the years, Rafa has never lost his desire and love for the game, despite having won almost every notable trophy our sport has to offer. Speaking about the brightest and most endearing moments of his incredible career, Rafa recalled some of his most notable triumphs, starting with the one in 2004, when he won the first ATP title in Sopot. Nadal earned the opportunity to represent Spain in the Davis Cup final in Seville at the end of that season. At 18, he beat Andy Roddick in front of a cheering crowd in a victory that highlighted his career before 2005. Half a year later, Nadal became Major champion just a couple of days after his 19th birthday, beating Roger Federer and Mariano Puerta to reign at Roland Garros on his debut. The Spaniard dominated another surface and a Major three years later, knocking out Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final after an epic battle and adding a fifth Major crown to his 22-year-old collection. Rafa did not have to wait long for more tennis glory. He overcame all obstacles at the 2009 Australian Open after battling Fernando Verdasco and Roger Federer for more than ten hours in a couple of days. Thus, the Spaniard conquered the third different surface in Majors and continued his search towards a career Grand Slam, achieved at the US Open in September 2010. The 2013 US Open is another event on the exclusive list for Nadal, who returned that year after a nasty knee injury that sidelined him for seven months.

Nadal preferred to skip Montreal

In his autobiography, Rafael Nadal: My Story, the former World Number 1, has revealed that his uncle never received any paychecks from him for his coaching services. Talking about this, he said, “One thing would not have happened without the other. Toni has never received any money from me or from anyone in the family for the lifelong attention he’s dedicated to me, but he’s been able to do it because he owns half of my father’s business, and takes half the profits, without doing any of the work.” Further, he went on to add, “It’s been a fair exchange because I would never have had anything like the same hours of coaching from Toni if my father had not worked with such purpose all his life.”