Tennis News: Despite fall in world rankings, Rafael Nadal remains the top searched athlete in Spain

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Spain's Rafael Nadal
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his match against Spain's David Ferrer in 2015 Reuters/Tony O'Brien

Despite the on-court struggles the past years, Rafael Nadal’s popularity in Spain has not dwindled down. “Rafael Nadal” is the top searched sports word in the Spanish version of the Yahoo website beating other sports and sportsmen popular or based in Spain.

Completing the top ten most searched sports words are Formula 1 (F1 Racing), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Fernando Alonso (F1 Racing), Champions League (Soccer), Roland Garros (tennis), Moto GP (Motorsports), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Iker Casillas (Porto) and Garbine Muguruza (women’s tennis), according to the website, Tennis World USA.

 Nadal’s popularity, in Spain and around the world, has not faltered despite poor results the past couple of years.

While rivals Roger Federer of Switzerland, Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Andy Murray of United Kingdom have consistently stayed at the top of the men’s singles rankings, Nadal has fallen out of the top five in the world in recent months.

Nadal, from who is from Manacor, Mallorca in Spain, was ranked World No. 10 in June to July earlier this year although the Spanish pro has played well in the latter end of 2015 and will end the season as World No. 5.

Nadal won three titles in 2015 and accumulated a 61-20 win-loss record.

Tied for second in the all-time list for total Grand Slam wins with 14 majors championships, Nadal has also struggled in the Grand Slam tournaments in 2015 with early exits at the Wimbledon Championships (second round) and US Open (third round) and quarterfinals appearances at the Australian Open and French Open.

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