Rafael Nadal is now the most successful men’s singles tennis player with 22 grand slam titles. Nadal has not only won the most number of majors but he has also won many ATP masters. In this article, we will see 5 titles won by Rafael Nadal as a teenager.
#5 Monte Carlo – 2005
Rafael Nadal has won 11 Monte Carlo titles in his career and his first one came in 2005 when he was only 18 years of age. He beat Guillermo Coria who was runner-up in 2004 by Roland Garros. Nadal won his first masters 1000 title in 2004 Monte Carlo.
#4 Madrid – 2005
Rafael Nadal ended the best season of his career with a Madrid Open win in 2005 when he was 18 years old. Nadal beat Ivan Ljubicic in the finals. After having a long and tiring season Nadal was losing to Ivan in the first two sets but Spaniard made a brilliant comeback and won the match and title.
#3 Coupe Rogers – 2005
Coupe rogers was the 5th masters 1000 of 2005 of Nadal’s career. Nadal won that title beating the American legend Andre Agassi in the finals. It was Nadal’s first hardcourt title where he defeated Ricardo Mello, Sebastian Grosjean, Mariano Puerta, and Paul-Henri Mathieu to reach the final.
#2 Rome – 2006
Nadal came to the 2006 Rome masters after winning the Monte Carlo. He was facing none other than the No.1 ranked player of that time Roger Federer. It was for the sixth time that these two were facing each other. Federer won the first set in the finals but it was Nadal who won the match and title of Rome masters of 2006.
#1 Roland Garros – 2005
It was the first final of Rafael Nadal on clay court major. He was facing world No.1 at that time Roger Federer. 18-year-old Nadal won his first major on clay court defeating Roger Federer in the finals. Before Nadal, it was Pete Sampras who won the major as a teenager. It was in 2005 Roland Garros when a Spanish teenager announced himself to the world.