Rafael Nadal was the teenager to beat in 2005, winning 11 ATP titles in one of the most celebrated seasons for those who have yet to turn 20. Making his Roland Garros debut, Nadal claimed the first Major title after beating Roger Federer and Mariano Puerta, making history as the last teenager with a trophy at that level.
Nadal provided even better tennis for the Masters 1000 series, reaching the final in Miami and winning the first crown on the Monte Carlo premium ATP circuit, backed by another in Rome. After Wimbledon, Rafa won two titles on clay and became world number two heading into Montreal.
In Canada, the young Spaniard was the top seed in Roger Federer's absence, seeking the first notable hard court title. Playing at a high level, Rafa lost his serve only once against Carlos Moyá, Ricardo Mello, Sebastien Grosjean and Paul-Henri Mathieu, advancing to his fourth Masters 1000 final of the season where he faced an eight-time Major champion, Andre Agassi.
The youngster prevailed on the experience, with Nadal scoring a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win in one hour and 58 minutes to lift the third Masters 1000 trophy of the season and become the first teenager with nine ATP titles. in a single season since Mats Wilander in 1983.
Speaking to reporters ahead of launching his Madrid Open campaign, the five-time champion said he does regret his lost youth, but there are many special memories that he holds dear to himself.
Rafael Nadal does regret his lost youth
“I miss my youth.
I am not nostalgic, but I keep all the memories of my career,” the current World No. 3 said. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who outlasted World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets to lift a record 12th Barcelona title this year, said championship wins do take on a new meaning when they come at his age.
“As the years go by, the triumphs are celebrated in a different way,” Rafael Nadal said. Nadal added that he won’t slow down till as long as he enjoys sweating it out in training and gunning for glory in court.
“I hope I continue to enjoy it as long as possible,” Nadal said. Rafael Nadal recently revealed that he would like Real Madrid to sign both Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland in the upcoming summer transfer window.
"I would like both (Haaland and Mbappe) of them," Nadal said. "To be honest, they are both going well (in Real Madrid setup) for me."