World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has reached new heights: an asteroid has been named after the 22-year-old Spaniard, a week after his epic Wimbledon triumph against Roger Federer.
The Rafael Nadal asteroid, currently located between
Mars and Jupiter, is 4 kilometers in diameter and
travels through space at a speed of 20 km per second.
It had previously been known as '128036' since its
discovery in 2003.
The International Astronomical Union approved a request
placed by the Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca that
the asteroid be named in tribute to "one of the greatest
tennis players of all time."
Nadal, who hails from the Mallorcan town of Manacor,
has been invited to the Observatory to visit its
Nadal defeated five-time defending champion Federer
6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-7(8), 9-7 in the longest final
in Wimbledon history, at four hours and 48 minutes
in duration. In doing so, he became the first man
since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to clinch the
Roland Garros-Wimbledon double.