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FACTBOX-Tennis-U.S. Open men's singles champion Rafa Nadal

 NEW YORK, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Factbox on Rafa Nadal, who
won his first U.S. Open title on Monday to complete his
collection of grand slam titles.
MAKING HIS NAME
 * Born in Manacor, Majorca, June 3, 1986.
 * His uncle Miguel Angel Nadal enjoyed a successful career as
a professional footballer, notably for Barcelona and Spain.
 * The naturally right-handed Nadal switched to being a
left-handed player after his coach and mentor Toni Nadal noted
it would give him a huge advantage on court.
 * Turned professional in 2001
NINE GRAND SLAM TITLES
 * French Open 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010; Wimbledon 2008,
2010; Australian Open 2009; U.S. Open 2010
 * In 2005, he became first man since Swede Mats Wilander in
1982 to win the French Open title on debut.
 * Won at Roland Garros again in 2006, 2007 and 2008 to match
Bjorn Borg's record of four successive French Open titles.
 * In 2008, he beat then world number one and defending
champion Federer to win his first Wimbledon title in one of the
greatest tennis matches of all time. Later that year he won the
Olympic gold medal at Beijing.
 * In 2009, he beat Federer in the final of the Australian Open
in another classic five-set showdown but was beaten for the
first time at the French Open, losing to Robin Soderling in the
fourth round, and was prevented from defending his Wimbledon
title because of injury.
 * In 2010, he won the French Open for the fifth time and
Wimbledon for the second. He finished the year by winning his
first U.S. Open title, becoming just the seventh man to win all
four grand slam titles.
(Reporting by Julian Linden; Editing by Ossian Shine. To
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