Spain’s Rafael Nadal showed the world in 2010 that he is one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
He matched legendary Rod Laver by winning the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in the same year, a feat not achieved since 1969. And he showed the stunning versatility of his game by becoming the first man ever to win three Grand Slams in a year on three different surfaces – clay, grass and hard court.
When he beat Novak Djokovic to win his first US Open, it meant he had won all four Grand Slams and, at 24 years 101 days, made him the third youngest ever to achieve the feat after Don Budge and Rod Laver.
Sportsman of the Year 2011

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