Rafa Nadal celebrates at French Open 2020

‘Rafael Nadal is the greatest Spanish athlete of all time,’ says former world number two

Rafael Nadal is the greatest Spanish sportsman of all time, says former world number two Alex Corretja.

Nadal won the French Open earlier this month to draw level with Roger Federer with a record 20 Grand Slam singles titles.

It was also his 13th crown at Roland Garros – a feat of dominance unmatched by anyone in tennis history.

All of that combines to set Nadal apart from anyone in his country’s sporting past, says Corretja.

“When Rafael Nadal wins, we all win,” Corretja told

“It is very difficult for me to summarize in a single page what Rafa Nadal means for all of us”

“This last week, everyone has returned to talk about Nadal. And in these times, I do not find anything better than to value and appreciate the records that day by day, he can break.

“For me, he is the best Spanish athlete of all time (with absolute respect for everyone else)”

“I want to remember that Rafa is human, even though he acts like a machine.

“That he is sensitive, even if he looks like iron, and that his game can be as overwhelming as lava from a volcano.”

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.