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Spanish-born Rafael Nadal is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional tennis players of all time, completing the career Grand Slam by age 24, the youngest in history to achieve the feat.
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The following year, a No. 1-ranked Nadal lost his top ranking as well as Wimbledon 2011 to Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic. In June 2012, however, Nadal defeated top-ranked Novak Djokovic to win his record seventh French Open title—a feat never accomplished before in men's tennis.
A No. 3-ranked Nadal lost to Czech player Lukas Rosol in the Wimbledon semfinals in June 2012—Rosol's fifth Grand Slam win,
and a match that some commentators labeled one the biggest upsets in tennis history.
Nadal is only the second male player in tennis history to complete the Career Golden Slam—winning the French, Australian and U.S. Opens; Wimbledon; and the Olympic Gold medal. Nadal has taken the Spanish Davis Cup team to victory four times (2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011), and, by 2012, he had won the Roland Garros seven times.
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