At the age of 15, Rafael Nadal made his ATP World Tour debut at the Mallorcan Open in 2002, defeating Paraguay’s Ramon Delgado 6-4, 6-4 in the first round to become the ninth player under the age of 16 to win an ATP match.
Following the win, young Rafa declared:
I really wanted to go out there and play well.
I knew it was going to be difficult, but I held my game.
I thought I played well, keeping the ball deep and maintaining power.
Not much has changed. Humble then, humble now! 🙂