Rafael Nadal was a teenager on a mission in 2005, winning 11 ATP titles in one of the most celebrated seasons of his age. Making his Roland Garros debut, Nadal clinched his first Major title after beating Roger Federer and Mariano Puerta, writing the history books as the last teenager to hold a trophy at that level.
Nadal saved his best tennis for the Masters 1000, reaching the Miami final and winning the first ATP premium tour crown in Monte Carlo, followed by another in Rome. After Wimbledon, Rafa won two clay court titles and became the world No.
2 before Montreal. In Canada, the young Spaniard was the first seed in the absence of Roger Federer, seeking the first hard court title. Playing at a high level, Rafa only suffered a break against Carlos Moyá, Ricardo Mello, Sebastien Grosjean and Paul-Henri Mathieu to advance to the fourth Masters 1000 final of the season, where he faced an eight-time Grand Slam champion.
Andre Agassi. Youth trumped experience as Nadal posted a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory in one hour and 58 minutes to clinch the third Masters 1000 trophy. Rafa became the first teenager with nine ATP titles in a single season since Mats Wilander in 1983.
Rafa suffered only one break in the second set, and started again in the decider to beat the crowd favorite with three breaks. They had a similar number of winners, while Agassi made too many unforced errors. Rafa had a slight advantage in the longest exchanges against one of the best point guards in history, scoring ten more points in the shortest distance to forge the win.
Swiatek praises Rafa Nadal
Newly-crowned Indian Wells champion Iga Swiatek has revealed that she wishes to imbibe Rafael Nadal's immense self-belief. "I don't know if it's a friendship honestly, because still like being able to talk to him, is an amazing experience for me," Iga Swiatek said.
"It's a dream come true for sure." Swiatek then recalled the incredible experience of watching the Spaniard lift his 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open when he looked completely down and out. The Pole admitted that she wishes to learn from his never-say-die attitude.
"He's a huge inspiration, especially his Australian Open final that I watched on the stands, it was unbelievable," she said. "And he's a guy that never gives up and I would want to have the same amount of belief in myself. And also keep pushing no matter what."