Rafael Nadal has been playing tennis for 19 years, but he still hasn’t won three Wimbledon titles. In 2003, Rafa competed in his first Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon. He entered the season ranked in the low 200s but quickly rose up the ranks.
As early as March, the then-16-year-old Spaniard won the inaugural Challenger title and displayed extraordinary promise in both Monte Carlo and Hamburg. A few weeks after turning 17, Nadal entered his first major tournament, Wimbledon, unprepared due to an elbow injury.
Rafa beat fellow youngster Mario Ancic in the first round, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, making him the third-youngest player to win at the All England Club, behind only Boris Becker and Mats Wilander.
There were a total of 30 break points, with Nadal saving his games by fending off 11 of 14 of them. Rafa won in a historic five-set victory over a player who had previously defeated Roger Federer in the first round a year earlier.
In his first match on the fastest surface, Rafa played at a high level and dominated the first two sets. There was some trouble for him in rounds three and four, but he managed to close it out and advance to face a British unknown named Lee Childs in the second round.
“For some reason, after playing so defensively in the first two sets, I didn’t make many unforced errors in the third. My first time playing in the Major Leagues, and I was terrified. My performance at junior Wimbledon last year was quite encouraging; it’s a shame that he was unable to participate in any of the tournaments leading up to Wimbledon this year.
While I may not be able to play my best tennis on grass, I find that playing on this surface generally benefits my game.”
Nadal will visit Montreal again.
Rafael Nadal said that his only goal in training has always been to get better.
He claimed it inspired him to strive harder every day. “We stress the importance of treating each training session as if it were a real learning opportunity. It is pointless to go to the track with no specific goal in mind other than to train; doing so will only waste your time and energy.
In a purely mental sense, that aids you greatly in staying alert and engaged. This is the only way I can make sense of life “Similarly, the Mallorcan said the same thing.