Rafael Nadal: 'I follow a specific plan, obviously with...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'I follow a specific plan, obviously with...'

Rafael Nadal was still 17 years old when the 2004 season began, reaching his first ATP final in Adelaide. After his first Davis Cup victory and the third round at Indian Wells, Rafa was hungry for more in Miami. The youngster defeated a former Wimbledon champion, Goran Ivanisevic, in the second round and arranged a match with the newly crowned no.

1, Roger Federer, on March 28. At 17 years, nine months and 25 days, Nadal scored a sensational 6-3, 6-3 win in 70 minutes to become the youngest player with a win over no. 1 since the formation of the ATP Tour in 1990. Despite the obvious talent and iron will of the young Spaniard, no one could have predicted this result, not against the player who conquered the Australian Open, Dubai and Indian Wells and lost just one!

party so far this season! A week earlier, Roger claimed the Indian Wells title and had only a couple of days to physically recover and prepare for Miami, feeling symptoms of illness and fever and never looking good on the court against Rafa.

The Swiss barely survived a challenge from Nikolay Davydenko in the previous round and the young Spaniard had nothing left in the tank, staying in straight sets and sending a teenager to the round of 16. However, we must not take anything away from Nadal's triumph, as he achieved an impressive victory after playing without signs of nerves.

Rafa did enormous damage with his right tops with a topspin that bounced high and took time off Federer's shots, keeping the opponent out of the comfort zone and causing many errors from his rival. The Spaniard's defense was already at a high level, building a fortress around the baseline that was almost impossible to penetrate, even for a good attacker like Roger.

He didn't just lean on that though, attacking whenever he could and playing some well-built points at the net to mix shots well, keep the rallies on his racket and never allow Federer to step in and take over.

Nadal resumed training a few days ago

Rafael Nadal recently revealed that he cannot provide a timeframe on his return to action, but asserted that he is working hard to regain full fitness.

Nadal stressed that he wants to fully recover from his injury before making any decisions on his comeback. "I want to recover from the injury to return in top condition," Rafael Nadal was quoted as saying by Heraldo.

"I don't know when I'll play again, I work a lot every day, I follow a specific plan, obviously with a marked road map and very clear objectives." During his appearance at the plenary session on Wednesday, Rafael also spoke about his hometown football club RCD Mallorca, who he has supported his whole life.

"It's a good start to the season; they started well, then they had three defeats against Athletic de Bilbao, Madrid and Osasuna, we come from winning (the Levante)," Rafael Nadal said. "Let's trust that this average of points (11) and positive feelings will be there."