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Nadal, first tennis player in history to be number one in three decades: “It makes me feel old”
09 January 2020 @ 12:34

SPAIN'S Rafael Nadal is the first tennis player in history to have been world number one in three different decades – a fact that the Mallorca-born ace says 'makes him feel old'.

Newly-married Rafa, 33, is embroiled in the ATP Cup at present, where Spain has just beaten Georgia and Uruguay and is through to the third round, showing it is a force to be reckoned with, having also recently won the Davis Cup.

And Spain's star player has started the New Year as ATP number one, something he also achieved in the 2010s and the 2000s.

The Manacor-born star was asked by reporters in Perth, Australia 'what his secret was'.

Rafa first shot to number one in 2008, a year when he won Wimbledon for the first time after an agonising final against Switzerland's Roger Federer, and also took his fourth consecutive Paris Open title at the Roland Garros stadium – a competition he has now won 12 times.



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