Rafael Nadal’s tennis career is far from over, but already, he’s established himself as one of the greatest men’s players of all time—that’s saying a lot for a guy who’s just 27 years of age.
With 12 Grand Slam titles currently under his belt, including an unprecedented eight at the French Open, Nadal has continued to exude his dominance over the world since his first major win in 2005 (with no signs of slowing down). Along the way, Rafa has built up some fierce rivalries—with guys like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic—and has been a part of some of the most memorable moments in tennis history.
As he looks to secure yet another major championship this weekend at the US Open, let’s take a moment to flash back to some of the greatest matches of Nadal’s career, and of course the footwear he brought along for the ride—we are Sneaker Report after all. Here are The Sneakers Worn for Rafael Nadal’s 10 Most Memorable Matches (So Far).
Gurvinder Singh Gandu is a New York City-based writer and wear-tester for Sneaker Report, and contributor to Complex Media. Follow him @GurvinderSG for the latest in performance footwear and gear.