Rafael Nadal, being a teenager, rose to prominence in 2005 as one of the top athletes in the world. The Spanish player had a remarkable run in the Masters 1000 series, winning numerous awards on both clay and hard courts and winning the first Major championship at Roland Garros.
Nadal experienced early exits at Halle and Wimbledon on grass after an excellent clay-court season including victories in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome, and Roland Garros. The kid won again in Bastad and Stuttgart, rising to the position of world no.
2 more than Montreal. After Roger Federer withdrew, Nadal was the top seed in Canada and one of the players to keep an eye on. Rafa defeated Carlos Moya, a fellow countryman and friend, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, to get his season off to a successful start. Before having a more laid-back day at the office against Ricardo Mello, whom he defeated 6-1, 6-2 in 66 minutes, the teenager had to put in a lot of effort in that match.
In Montreal 2005, Rafael Nadal reached the championship match.
Rafa defeated Sebastien Grosjean 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour and 40 minutes in a match to go to the quarterfinal. The Spaniard advanced into the final four by fending off all five break attempts and stealing the opponent’s service once in each set.
Paul-Henri Mathieu, another Frenchman, was his next adversary. That week, he played well and gave Rafa his best effort. A youngster won 6-4, 7-5 in an hour and fifty minutes, breaking at 5-4 in the second set while serving for the victory and quickly rallying to move on to the championship match.
There weren’t many winners for them. Nadal won the contest in the area of unforced errors by controlling his shots better than his rival. In the smallest range up to four strokes, the Frenchman held a little advantage.
Rafa eliminated the disadvantage by outperforming himself in the longest exchanges, which propelled him to victory. In the first set, the Spaniard broke at love at 1-1 and held at love to quickly take a 3-1 lead. In the sixth game, the youthful player preserved two break chances but dropped a set point at 5-3 on the return.
Before Nadal held at love to end the set elegantly, Mathieu managed to win that game. At 2-2 in the second set, a youngster earned a break and served for the victory in game ten. He failed to close the contract because of a break in love, which allowed the competition to continue.
In the eleventh game, Paul-Henri committed two double faults and lost another break, failing to consolidate on that success. After fending off a break attempt in the following game, Rafa came out on top, reaching his second notable ATP hard-court final and setting up a title match with Andre Agassi.