He eventually won it the first four times he played at Roland Garros.
The following year, Nadal won two Challenger titles and finished the year in the top 50.
When he was 14, the Spanish tennis federation requested that he leave Mallorca and move to Barcelona to continue his tennis training.
Nadal's family turned down this request, partly because they feared it would hurt his education, The decision to stay home meant that Nadal received less financial support from the federation; instead, Nadal's father covered the costs.
1 Roger Federer at the 2004 Miami Masters, and won in straight sets, before losing to Fernando González in the fourth round.
He was one of the six players who defeated Federer that year (along with Tim Henman, Albert Costa, Gustavo Kuerten, Dominik Hrbatý, and Tomáš Berdych).
On his 19th birthday, Nadal defeated Federer in the 2005 French Open semifinals, being one of only four players who defeated the top-seeded player that year (along with Marat Safin, Richard Gasquet, and David Nalbandian).
In 2011, Nadal was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.
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.