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Rafael Nadal names his top career highlights, admitting: ‘Winning Wimbledon was a key moment’

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Rafael Nadal has officially had such a good career that he finds it utterly impossible to narrow down a list of his most special achievements to just three.

The Spaniard has been a powerhouse on the ATP Tour for a decade-and-a-half now, winning just about every accolade imaginable.

However, he clearly finds it tough to answer when asked for his top three.

“It’s very difficult,” Nadal told Marca when asked the question.

“For me the first Davis Cup, in Seville, against the United States, was a very important moment.

“Also the first Roland Garros, in 2005, because it was the first Grand Slam.

Rafael Nadal

“Then, for different reasons, Wimbledon 2008 was a key moment, I think, in my career.

“And I would say that Australia 2009 was something unexpected, by how it arrived; But it was very exciting.

“And I would also say that the 2013 US Open was very special, having returned from a very important knee injury, which kept me seven months off the track in 2012.

“That was another of the victories that filled me.”

Rafael Nadal will head to Roland Garros in May, where he will attempt to win his 13th French Open title and draw level with Roger Federer for most career Slams.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer break world record in Match for Africa exhibition

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal delighted the crowds in Cape Town, South Africa.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have broken the record for the highest ever attendance for a tennis match. In Cape Town, South Africa, Federer and Nadal played out an entertaining match in the Cape Town Stadium.

In the sixth instalment of his ‘Match for Africa’, Federer brought tennis back to his mother Lynette’s homeland, in aid of his foundation.

Federer teamed up with Microsoft founder Bill Gates against South African comedian Trevor Noah and Nadal for a celebrity doubles match.

And the Switzerland America combination came out on top as they beat Nadal and Noah 6-3.

Federer and Nadal then came back out for their singles match and the crowd got their monies worth as the two greats played for nearly two hours.

Roger Federer

The 20-time champion came out on top, winning 6-4 3-6 6-3 and it was then announced the exhibition had shattered the previous record of 42,517 with 51,954 in attendance and they raised $3.5million in proceeds.

Before the match, Federer opened up on why he does so much philosophic work.

“It’s all a matter of priorities,” he told TV presenter Carol Tshabalala on the court.

“It’s my passion. Namibia, what a country that is as well, I’ve got to go back and visit.

“My kids are five and 10 now, I think they’re getting old enough to do long trips in cars and journeys around big countries.

“I haven’t been here to South Africa yet. I was almost going to take them but Australia was not long ago, we’re going to go to America in a bit of time.

colleage and Rafael Nadal

“But it’s all a matter of priorities you know, I love what I do, it was a great trip, a successful trip.

“Of course it’s inspiring and motivating to keep on going, talk to people who can really make a difference and have an impact, that’s what it’s about for me.

“I’m going to do more, this is only the beginning of my philanthropic work in the future.

“I’m still playing so my priority is tennis, I hope I can still play for a bit longer – we’ll see how much more.

“But there’s so much more to look forward to.”

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