Youthful Glory: Rafael Nadal's Triumph Over Agassi in Montreal 2005


Youthful Glory: Rafael Nadal's Triumph Over Agassi in Montreal 2005
Youthful Glory: Rafael Nadal's Triumph Over Agassi in Montreal 2005

The 19-year-old Rafael Nadal met the legend Andre Agassi in the 2005 Montreal final, beating the veteran and securing his third Masters 1000 crown as a teenager! Rafa was on a mission that year. The young gun won 11 ATP titles in one of the most celebrated seasons for those yet to turn 20.

Nadal claimed his maiden Major title on his Roland Garros debut after beating Roger Federer and Mariano Puerta. Nadal saved even better tennis for the Masters 1000 series, reaching the final in Miami and finishing runner-up against Roger Federer despite having a massive advantage.

Rafa's first Masters 1000 title came a few weeks later in Monte Carlo, followed by another in Rome after an epic title clash against Guillermo Coria. Rafa won two titles on clay after Wimbledon and became world no. 2 ahead of Montreal.

The young Spaniard was the top seed in Canada in the absence of Roger Federer, seeking the first hard-court title. Playing at a high level, Rafa got broken only once against Carlos Moya, Ricardo Mello, Sebastien Grosjean and Paul-Henri Mathieu, advancing into the season's fourth Masters 1000 final.

He faced an eight-time Major champion, Andre Agassi, in a battle for the trophy. Youth toppled the experience, as Nadal scored a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 triumph in an hour and 58 minutes to lift his third Masters 1000 trophy. Also, Rafa became the first teenager with nine ATP titles in a single season since Mats Wilander in 1983!

Rafael Nadal ousted Andre Agassi in Montreal 2005 to claim the title.

The Spaniard suffered only one break in set number two and started all over in the decider to beat the crowd's favorite with two breaks of serve. The youngster got broken once and secured three return games to control the pace and cross the finish line in style.

They had a similar number of winners and forced errors. At the same time, Agassi made too many unforced mistakes to plague his chances despite a solid effort in sets one and two. Rafa had a slight edge in the more extended exchanges against one of the greatest baseliners ever.

Also, he scored ten points more in the shortest range up to four strokes to forge the triumph. Andre got broken in the encounter's fourth game to send the rival 3-1 in front before Rafa fended off a break point at 4-2 to remain in front.

The American saved a set point in game eight, but it was all he could do. Nadal closed the opener with a hold at love a few minutes later for 6-3 and a massive boost. Agassi raised his level in the second set. He served well and delivered a late break at 5-4 when Nadal sprayed a forehand error to force a decider.

Starting all over, Rafa controlled the pace of his games in the final set and kept the pressure on the other side. He earned back-to-back breaks that carried him over the finish line and toward his third Masters 1000 trophy at 19.

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