Rafael Nadal celebrates his thirty-sixth birthday and, as tradition dictates, he does so in Paris. They are 16 years blowing candles at Roland Garros, (2020 was held in October and in 2016 it was withdrawn before this date) from 2005 until, for the time being, 2022. And, of course, some years he has had to wait to cut the cake because before had a party
In the 18 editions that the Balearic Islander has played, this will be the eighth time that he meets on the track. And they are six happy birthdays and one bitter. In this 2022, Alexander Zverev is the rival who takes away part of this birthday. And with which he hopes to give himself a victory that leads to the pass to the final.
In 2005, he turned 19 by beating Roger Federer in the semi-finals.
In 2006, he turned 20 with a victory over Paul Henri-Mathieu in the second round.
In 2008, he turned 22 years old with a victory over Nicolás Almagro in the quarterfinals.
In 2011, he turned 25 against Andy Murray, whom he beat in the semi-finals.
In 2013, he turned 27 and his rival was Kei Nishikori, but he also beat him, in 4 rounds.
In 2015, the bitter birthday came. He blew 29 years, but took a loss to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.
In 2021, he turned 35 with a victory over Richard Gasquet in the second round.
In 2022, the special guest for his 36th birthday is Alexander Zverev. And the party starts at 2:45 p.m.