• At the age of 16 Rafael Nadal became the youngest man to reach the third round of Wimbledon since Boris Becker in 1984
  • In 2005 the Spaniard defeated Mariano Puerta in the French Open final to begin a winning monopoly at Roland Garros
  • At the age of 19 he became the first teenager to win a major singles title since Pete Sampras at the US Open in 1990
  • Nadal became the first player to defeat Roger Federer in a grand slam final in 2006
  • Nadal won the French Open for the third straight year, defeating Federer once again in the final
  • Nadal only lost four games on his way to a lopsided victory over Federer for the third straight year in 2008
  • Federer was on the receiving end of another major defeat as Nadal landed his first Wimbledon title - 9-7 in the fifth and in near-darkness
  • ... and a glorious year ended with a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • He became the first player to hold three major titles on three different surfaces at the same time when he won the 2009 Australian Open
  • A dejected Nadal suffers a shock defeat to Robin Soderling. Still his one and only defeat to date on the Parisian clay.
  • A year later he exacted his revenge over the Swede, but this time in the final for his fifth Roland Garros title
  • He followed that up with his second title at the All England club with a straight sets victory over Czech Tomas Berdych
  • A remarkable year ended when the world No 1 completed a career grand slam by beating Novak Djokovic at Flushing Meadows
  • Nadal won his sixth French Open title by defeating Federer once more in Paris ...
  • .. and in 2012 he surpassed Bjorn Borg's record to become the most successful player in French Open history with his seventh crown
  • The Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy is in Nadal's arms after his straight sets victory over David Ferrer in 2013
  • In September, he is crowned US Open champion for the second time in his career following a four sets wins over Djokovic
  • He is without doubt the undisputed 'King of Clay' with a record-breaking ninth title at Roland Garros and 14th major title earlier this year

Rafa's reign

At the age of 16 Rafael Nadal became the youngest man to reach the third round of Wimbledon since Boris Becker in 1984