Originally Posted by philosophicalarf
Can't see Coria as much of a challenge. Nadal took him to a tiebreak when he was 16, and when he was 18 beat him in the Monte Carlo and Rome finals. He's improved out of sight since then, so it wouldn't be much of a contest if you took current Nadal vs peak Coria.
As for Gaudio, Nadal bagelled him twice when he was 18.
Ferrero? 18yr Nadal 6-2 6-1 Ferrero.
Having seen that match yesterday also, I was going to say that maybe Coria could have. I was very impressed with what I saw. As the OP said, the boy could play. But, you've made a excellent case that Rafa most likely would just dominated him like he has others.