Rafael Nadal made significant strides in 2003 and was prepared for an even bigger push the following year. He made it to the inaugural ATP final in Auckland and the third round of the Australian Open. The 17-year-old southpaw from Miami beat world number one Roger Federer in straight sets and advanced into the top-30 before suffering a left ankle injury in an encounter with Richard Gasquet in Estoril.
Rafa had to skip Wimbledon and Roland Garros, but he will be back in Bastad in July. Rafa lost early matches in Canada and Cincinnati after reaching the quarterfinals in Sweden and Stuttgart. He then came back to Europe to compete in a tiny ATP 250 tournament in Sopot.
The young player, who won his first ATP championship at the youngest age since 1998 by defeating opponents outside the top-80, then had a well-deserved break before returning to the US Open. Defeating Switzerland’s Ivo Heuberger in five sets in the first round of the New York tournament, Rafa advanced to play world no. 2 and defending champion Andy Roddick after persevering through sets three and four.
One of the favorites for the championship proved to be too strong for the Spaniard, winning easily 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 36 minutes. Nadal served at 82%, but he was unable to do anything with it because of his elbow pain, which caused him to forfeit service seven times. This prevented him from performing at his typical level in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I had a minor elbow issue today, so I didn’t feel like I could serve at my best. It’s difficult to defeat someone like Roddick if you’re not giving it your all. I don’t believe I played at my best today.
Nadal is praised by Sophie Clermont.
The Montreal tournament’s player coordinator was questioned by the Quebec media.
It’s sharp as usual and includes a few entertaining anecdotes. So that the players are in a true cocoon, Sophie Clermont, 41, serves as a super concierge. Giorgi surprised everyone the previous year: “Camila enjoyed playing backgammon with her volunteer drivers in the evenings.
She consequently immediately earned our love. In addition, Sophie is adamant about two things, including the utilization of the ping-pong table. She says it is amazing to witness two players engage in table tennis against one another when they often compete on enormous courts.
Rafael Nadal‘s demeanor is also my favorite since he is kind and always arrives to meet and take news when a player arrives.