Flashback: Rafael Nadal’s first match win in Monte Carlo [2003]

Look back on the moment when 11-time champion Rafael Nadal secured his first match win at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, defeating Karol Kucera in 2003.

“I was 16, in my first match in the main draw, of course I remember against Kucera,” Rafa said of his 6-1, 6-2 win over Karol Kucera in his tournament debut. “And against Albert Costa, of course I remember the match very well. It was late. At the beginning, I think he felt confident that he was dominating me. But at some point, you get closer to the end and it was not easy to play against a very young player like I was in that moment, and he was a little bit more nervous. I played a good match and I was able to find a way.”

Source: ATP Tour


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