Rafael Nadal - #30
One of the world's most charismatic athletes, Rafael Nadal or "The King of Clay" became the undisputed king of tennis in 2008 by capturing an extraordinary seven singles titles and an Olympic championship for his native Spain. He also achieved the world's No. 1 ranking for the first time in his illustrious career after downing longtime rival Roger Federer in an epic Wimbledon final. Rafa, as he's known to his legions of adoring fans, currently has a 328-75 record with 31 career singles titles.
2008's Claim to Fame: Rafael Nadal had an incredible year in tennis, dethroning his rival Roger Federer at Wimbledon.