In 2005, Rafael Nadal was a young person on a mission. For one of the most lauded seasons for players under the age of 20, the young Spaniard won 11 ATP titles. After defeating Roger Federer and Mariano Puerta at Roland Garros, Nadal won his first Major title.
Rafa entered the annals of history as the final adolescent to win a title at that level. Even though he had a significant edge over Roger Federer, Nadal saved his best tennis for the Masters 1000 series, when he advanced to the Miami final and lost to Federer in the final.
A few weeks later, Rafa won his first Masters 1000 tournament in Monte Carlo. After a thrilling championship match with Guillermo Coria, he won his second tournament in Rome. Rafa rose to the number two spot in the world after Wimbledon, surpassing Montreal.
In Canada, the young Spaniard, who was vying for the first hard-court championship without Roger Federer, was the top seed. Rafa advanced into the fourth Masters 1000 final of the season by playing well and only being broken once against Carlos Moya, Ricardo Mello, Sebastien Grosjean, and Paul-Henri Mathieu.
He competed for the championship against Andre Agassi, an eight-time Major winner. In an hour and 58 minutes, Nadal defeated the more seasoned player 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to win the third Masters 1000 trophy. Rafa also made history by becoming the first youngster since Mats Wilander in 1983 to win nine ATP titles in a single season!
In Montreal in 2005, Rafael Nadal defeated Andre Agassi to win the championship.
The Spaniard only had one break in the second set before starting again in the deciding and defeating the crowd favorite with two serve breaks.
The kid managed to control the pace and cross the finish line in fine form after being broken once and winning three return games. They each made an equal number of forced errors and winners. Agassi put in a strong effort in sets one and two, but he made too many unforced errors to hurt his prospects.
Rafa scored ten points more in the smallest range up to four strokes to secure the victory. He also had a little advantage in the longer exchanges with one of the best baseliners in history. In the fourth game of the match, Andre was broken, giving the opponent a 3-1 lead. Rafa then saved a break point at 4-2 to maintain the lead.
In game eight, the American managed to save a set point, but it wasn’t enough. A few minutes later, Nadal held at love to end the first set, giving him a huge boost and a score of 6-3. When Nadal sprayed a forehand error at 5-4 in the second set, Agassi improved his level and served superbly to deliver a late break.
The Americand therefore won the set and compelled a decider. Rafa recommenced play in the final set, controlling the tempo of his games and maintaining pressure on the opposition. Soon after turning 19, he earned back-to-back breaks that helped him cross the finish line and move toward the third Masters 1000 crown.