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He also became the first teenager to win a Grand Slam singles title since Pete Sampras won the 1990 US Open at age 19.
Three days after his victory in Paris, Nadal's 24-match winning streak was snapped in the first round of the grass court Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, where he lost to the German Alexander Waske.
In May 2001, he defeated former Grand Slam tournament champion Pat Cash in a clay-court exhibition match.
In 2003, he won the ATP Newcomer of the Year Award.
He was also a member of the winning Spain Davis Cup team in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011.
In 2010, he became the seventh male player in history and youngest of five in the Open Era to achieve the Career Grand Slam at age 24.
Two months later, Nadal reached the final of the 2005 Miami Masters, and despite being two points from a straight-sets victory, he was defeated in five sets by world No. Both performances were considered to be breakthroughs for Nadal.
Nadal reached the third round of the 2004 Australian Open where he lost in three sets against Australian Lleyton Hewitt.Rafael Nadal was born in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain. His uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal, is a retired professional footballer, who played for RCD Mallorca, FC Barcelona, and the Spanish national team.His father, Sebastián Nadal, is a businessman who owns an insurance company and a glass and window company, Vidres Mallorca, and manages his own restaurant, Sa Punta. This made Toni Nadal intensify training, and at that time he encouraged Nadal to play left-handed for a natural advantage on the tennis court, as he noticed Nadal played forehand shots with two hands.He missed most of the clay court season, including the French Open, because of a stress fracture in his left ankle.At the 2005 Australian Open, Nadal lost in the fourth round to eventual runner-up Lleyton Hewitt.