Nadal is new tennis wonder boy after Open win
6 June 2005, PARIS — Spain's Rafael Nadal has become the new tennis sensation after winning the French Open at the age of 19.
6 June 2005
PARIS — Spain's Rafael Nadal has become the new tennis sensation after winning the French Open at the age of 19.
Nadal defeated Argentina's Mariano Puerta 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 7-5 on Sunday in the final.
The teenager won his first Grand Slam title in a match lasting three hours and 24 minutes, battling back after losing the first set with specatuclar passing shots and masterful play from the baseline.
The crowd at Philippe Chatrier stadium, which included Spain's King Juan Carlos, watched as Nadal, one of the game's brightest rising stars, became the first player since Sweden's Mats Wilander in 1982 to win the title at Roland Garros in his debut.
Now he must be a hopeful to win Wimbledon.
"The only thing I've done is win a tennis match. All I have is another trophy. You have to be the same person as always," he said.
"Now I know that mathematically I qualified for the Masters, and that's an honour for me," Nadal said.
Nadal, who is from Malaga, is famous in Spain for his unassuming manner and for dressing for even the biggest matches as if he is heading for the beach.
Puerta, a claycourt specialist, praised Nadal's performance in the final of the second Grand Slam tournament of the year.
"We're talking about a kid who is already making history in tennis," Puerta said. "He's going to do really great things in tennis."
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news