LOL Yeah what a joke huh! Who seriously would put fed as a favourite Everyone knew nadal was the favourite and would most likely beat him.
I don't think this was the mentality at the time. In retrospect, yeah, it seems as though Rafa shoud've been the favorite, but there was a lot of doubt whether the youngster would hold up in the biggest stage at such a young age. After that match, Nadal became the favorite on clay for the foreseeable future.