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A look back at the tournament Nadal made his Grand Slam debut at

Wimbledon 2003

- Rafael Nadal wins his first ever Grand Slam match by defeating Mario Ancic of Croatia in four sets.

- Rafael Nadal makes his first third round of a Grand Slam in defeating British wildcard Lee Childs in straight sets.

- Rafael Nadal suffers his first loss in a Grand Slam main draw match to Paradorn Srichaphan 6-4 6-4 6-2.

- Swiss number 4 seed Roger Federer records his first Grand Slam title of his career.

- After several knee surgeries Mark Philippoussis makes the final of Wimbledon but falls to Federer in straght sets.

- Brit Tim Henman again disappoints the British tennis fans by falling in the Quarterfinals to Frenchman Sebastian Grosjean.

- The then World Number 1 and defending Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt suffers a shock first round loss to big serving Croat qualifier Ivo Karlovic.

- In a 4th round encounter Mark Philippoussis was able to defeat world number 2 Andre Agassi in 5 tight sets.

- Making his second ever appearance at Wimbledon Alex Bogdanovic was anhilated by Armenian Sargis Sargsian 6-1 6-3 6-2. (Had to throw it in there)
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Looks like Wimbledon 2003 was a turning point in so many aspects. Thanks.

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i have a bbc tape of Nadal and uncle Toni practising before Srichaphan match when Federer v Fish match was in a rain delay

Pat Cash and Peter Fleming in the studio saying he'd be a future No.1 for sure, and Cash saying he lost an Ehxo to him when he was 15 or smtg
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I still remember seeing Lee Childs play this grunting Spanish brat. Only 17 and he already looked physically stronger than most players at the top. The commentators were comparing him to teenage Boris Becker, a kid with a man's body.

It didn't take an expert to realize he'd be world #1 eventually. I'm just glad he wasn't the brat I thought he was.
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Wimbledon 2003

- Rafael Nadal wins his first ever Grand Slam match by defeating Mario Ancic of Croatia in four sets.

- Rafael Nadal makes his first third round of a Grand Slam in defeating British wildcard Lee Childs in straight sets.

- Rafael Nadal suffers his first loss in a Grand Slam main draw match to Paradorn Srichaphan 6-4 6-4 6-2.

- Swiss number 4 seed Roger Federer records his first Grand Slam title of his career.

- After several knee surgeries Mark Philippoussis makes the final of Wimbledon but falls to Federer in straght sets.

- Brit Tim Henman again disappoints the British tennis fans by falling in the Quarterfinals to Frenchman Sebastian Grosjean.

- The then World Number 1 and defending Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt suffers a shock first round loss to big serving Croat qualifier Ivo Karlovic.

- In a 4th round encounter Mark Philippoussis was able to defeat world number 2 Andre Agassi in 5 tight sets.

- Making his second ever appearance at Wimbledon Alex Bogdanovic was anhilated by Armenian Sargis Sargsian 6-1 6-3 6-2. (Had to throw it in there)
Interesting. Agassi still no. 2 wow!! Federer First Swiss man to win a Grand Slam title.

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Pat Cash and Peter Fleming in the studio saying he'd be a future No.1 for sure, and Cash saying he lost an Ehxo to him when he was 15 or smtg
Lol, I remember that match with Cash in 2001, but I think Nadal was 14. However he was 36 and already retired.

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Those were the times.

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Wimbledon 2003

- Rafael Nadal wins his first ever Grand Slam match by defeating Mario Ancic of Croatia in four sets.

- Rafael Nadal makes his first third round of a Grand Slam in defeating British wildcard Lee Childs in straight sets.

- Rafael Nadal suffers his first loss in a Grand Slam main draw match to Paradorn Srichaphan 6-4 6-4 6-2.

- Swiss number 4 seed Roger Federer records his first Grand Slam title of his career.

- After several knee surgeries Mark Philippoussis makes the final of Wimbledon but falls to Federer in straght sets.

- Brit Tim Henman again disappoints the British tennis fans by falling in the Quarterfinals to Frenchman Sebastian Grosjean.

- The then World Number 1 and defending Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt suffers a shock first round loss to big serving Croat qualifier Ivo Karlovic.

- In a 4th round encounter Mark Philippoussis was able to defeat world number 2 Andre Agassi in 5 tight sets.

- Making his second ever appearance at Wimbledon Alex Bogdanovic was anhilated by Armenian Sargis Sargsian 6-1 6-3 6-2. (Had to throw it in there)
I remember everyone waz excited and raving beforehand about an unknown kid who had tremendous talent, a body like a God and waz going to become a future No. 1 no question. Then he lost to Sargsian.
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Wimbledon 2003

- Rafael Nadal wins his first ever Grand Slam match by defeating Mario Ancic of Croatia in four sets.

- Rafael Nadal makes his first third round of a Grand Slam in defeating British wildcard Lee Childs in straight sets.

- Rafael Nadal suffers his first loss in a Grand Slam main draw match to Paradorn Srichaphan 6-4 6-4 6-2.

- Swiss number 4 seed Roger Federer records his first Grand Slam title of his career.

- After several knee surgeries Mark Philippoussis makes the final of Wimbledon but falls to Federer in straght sets.

- Brit Tim Henman again disappoints the British tennis fans by falling in the Quarterfinals to Frenchman Sebastian Grosjean.

- The then World Number 1 and defending Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt suffers a shock first round loss to big serving Croat qualifier Ivo Karlovic.

- In a 4th round encounter Mark Philippoussis was able to defeat world number 2 Andre Agassi in 5 tight sets.

- Making his second ever appearance at Wimbledon Alex Bogdanovic was anhilated by Armenian Sargis Sargsian 6-1 6-3 6-2. (Had to throw it in there)

2003 Wimbledon certainly was a turning point
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Hewitt`s loss to Karlovic was a huge surprise to everone, Lleyton actually won the first set 6-0, but then somehow got blown off the court.. Karlovic came up with angles on his serve than nobody had ever seen before..

Philippoussis` run to the final really made me happy, esp his 5 set win over Agassi & he also came back from 2-sets-to-love down in the quarters against some big German [forgot his name]..

2003 Wimby was my 1st year living in Japan, I remember shouting at the TV screen when Mark P. lost the first set tie-break to Federer in the final... everyone around thought I was some hooligan lunatic
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- In a 4th round encounter Mark Philippoussis was able to defeat world number 2 Andre Agassi in 5 tight sets.
I remember Pat Cash's commentary really irritating me in that match. Some things don't change.
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Interesting. Agassi still no. 2 wow!!
That was a dip in the rankings. He had been No. 1 for a couple of weeks earlier that year, and then he became No. 1 again for 10 more weeks after Wimbledon. He replaced Connors as the oldest ATP rankings No. 1.

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Federer's impressive semifinal win over Roddick was also significant. He gained a psychological advantage over Roddick and "style points" with commentators, many of whom swooned over him.

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Federer's impressive semifinal win over Roddick was also significant. He gained a psychological advantage over Roddick and "style points" with commentators, many of whom swooned over him.
I remember that semi was on the 4th of July. I also remember Pmac saying: "I think, yankee doodle dandy, American wins on the 4th of July."

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I remember that semi was on the 4th of July. I also remember Pmac saying: "I think, yankee doodle dandy, American wins on the 4th of July."
Are you sure? I thought the 2004 final was 4th July, not 2003 SF.
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Are you sure? I thought the 2004 final was 4th July, not 2003 SF.
Both. 2004 is a leap year so if 4th July was a Friday in 2003, it would be a Sunday in 2004.

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