Rafael Nadal made his Monte Carlo Masters debut in 2003 at the age of 16, making the main draw and making an outstanding Masters 1000 debut by making it to the third round. Before falling to Guillermo Coria in straight sets, Rafa overcame world No. 7 Albert Costa.
After defeating Coria in four sets two years later, the young Spaniard went all the way to win the first Masters 1000 title at the age of 18. In order to win his second Monte Carlo championship the following year, Nadal defeated Coria, Gaudio, and Federer. He followed that up with another victory over Roger in the championship match in 2007.
Nadal defeated Federer in the third consecutive Monte Carlo final to win his fourth title in the Principality and pursue a fifth straight triumph in 2009. After two hours and forty-three minutes, Rafa defeated Novak Djokovic in the Monte-Carlo final to win the tournament for the fifth time in a row. The score was 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.
After the match, Rafa expressed his satisfaction with his performance, noting that he had always enjoyed taking part in this competition to build confidence at the start of the clay court season. It was their eighth encounter on clay, and Nadal‘s seventh victory. He had seven breaks in his total of 14 chances, and he led in sets one and three.
If they had played a few more games in the decider, two outstanding point guards added countless lengthy rallies, and the game would have gone longer than three hours. Djokovic made an effort to remain aggressive and force his strokes, but he struggled to overcome Nadal‘s defense and lost ground in the third set after a strong showing in the second.
Former No. 1 Nadal
Rafael Nadal explains why he prefers to play tennis with his left hand in his book Rafael Nadal: My Story. He declared, “I’ve seen news reports claiming that Toni pushed me to play left-handed and did this to make me harder to play against.
It’s not true, though. It is a fabrication of the media. The fact is that I started playing when I was very young, and I used both hands to hold the racquet on the forehand and backhand because I wasn’t strong enough to hit the ball over the net.
When asked if playing left-handed gave him an advantage on the double-handed backhand, Nadal responded, “People claim this provides me an advantage, and that may be accurate. I must benefit from having greater feel and control in both hands than the majority of players, especially when making cross-court shots where a little extra strength helps.