It was exactly 10 years ago when the player who is considered one of the best on history now, Rafael Nadal, won his first tour level singles title. The Spaniard defeated Argentina’s Jose Acasuso in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 in the final to win Idea Prokom Open in Sopot, Poland on 15th August 2004.
Nadal was just 18 years and two month old at that time and he became the youngest champion on ATP Tour since Lleyton Hewitt won his first title in 1999. Nadal surprised everyone with his performance, with tennis fans and players getting an idea that this lad would achieve something in his career but no had imagined back then that he not just become world number one would be a winner of 14-Grand Slam titles 10 years later and figh for the title of best tennis player of all time.
The Spanish star also caught everyone's eye due to his different looks and playing style. He used to wear sleeveless shirt and had long hair. Nadal played every point like he was down match point as he never surrendered, playing some of the most unimaginable shots.
Before winning his maiden crown on ATP Tour, Nadal has few big wins to his credit. He had already beaten the then world number one Roger Federer in their first meeting in the third round of Miami Masters. He had also reached final of ATP event in Auckland but he still had not got the finishing touch.
However, he looked flawless during the entire event in Bogoto as he did not lose even a single set on road to the title win.