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

Matchu
05-06-2009, 12:25 PM
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)

Bazooka
05-06-2009, 12:56 PM
Looks like Wimbledon 2003 was a turning point in so many aspects. Thanks.

Corey Feldman
05-06-2009, 01:13 PM
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

Jimnik
05-06-2009, 01:19 PM
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.

Commander Data
05-06-2009, 01:27 PM
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. :wavey:

Bazooka
05-06-2009, 02:14 PM
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.

http://books.google.es/books?id=tQoY647Kk-wC&pg=PA17&lpg=PA17&dq=rafael+nadal+pat+cash+2001&source=bl&ots=_ybDlMauAQ&sig=lfdHynPKwu3X1_kA950hP-VyJB4&hl=es&ei=44sBSpO6ONC2jAf8mc38Bg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10

ToniTennis
05-06-2009, 02:16 PM
Those were the times.

GrosjeantheGreat
05-06-2009, 02:42 PM
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.

CmonAussie
05-06-2009, 03:00 PM
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)

:wavey:
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:eek:

l_mac
05-06-2009, 04:01 PM
- 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.

MisterQ
05-06-2009, 04:11 PM
Interesting. Agassi still no. 2 wow!!

That was a dip in the rankings. :lol: ;) 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.

MisterQ
05-06-2009, 04:15 PM
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.

Johnny Groove
05-06-2009, 04:20 PM
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." :lol:

Jimnik
05-06-2009, 04:27 PM
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." :lol:
Are you sure? I thought the 2004 final was 4th July, not 2003 SF.

l_mac
05-06-2009, 04:29 PM
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.

Johnny Groove
05-06-2009, 04:30 PM
Are you sure? I thought the 2004 final was 4th July, not 2003 SF.

Both of them were :p

Jimnik
05-06-2009, 04:31 PM
Fair enough. Forgot about that leap year thing.

prima donna
05-06-2009, 04:32 PM
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gjr
05-06-2009, 04:44 PM
Wimbledon 2003
- Swiss number 4 seed Roger Federer records his first Grand Slam title of his career.

And the start of the most dominating period of mens tennis ever.

Who would of thought of 11 more slams in 4 years.

tangerine_dream
05-06-2009, 06:53 PM
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.
In 2003 Rafa also became the second youngest player to be ranked among the world's top 100 singles players.

At his Wimbledon debut at age 17 he became the youngest male player to reach the third round since 16-year-old Boris Becker in 1984.

Here's what baby Rafa looked like then.

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/3616/1842436164jagul.jpg (http://img136.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1842436164jagul.jpg)

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/4200/184243619dcdfal.jpg (http://img136.imageshack.us/my.php?image=184243619dcdfal.jpg)

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/7882/1842436446idkgl.jpg (http://img22.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1842436446idkgl.jpg)

rafa_maniac
05-06-2009, 06:55 PM
Looks like the kind of outfit he'll be wearing this year too (it should fit him by now).

christallh24
05-06-2009, 07:27 PM
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.

I'm glad, too. When I first saw Rafa was the first match between he and Roger. At first, I felt bad for the boy because I thought Roger was going to destroy him. I was a Roger fan, so when Rafael won, I more pissed off than impressed. It wasn't until FO '05 that I started to become a Rafa fan first.

jonas
05-06-2009, 10:19 PM
In 2003 Rafa also became the second youngest player to be ranked among the world's top 100 singles players.

At his Wimbledon debut at age 17 he became the youngest male player to reach the third round since 16-year-old Boris Becker in 1984.

Nice achievement there from Rafa.
BTW, Bjorn Borg made his Wimby debut exactly 30 years earlier (1973). He had just turned 17 and made QF, losing only 7-5 in the fifth.

I wonder if Rafa can copy Borg's amazing career.

Borgs 6 FO and 5 Wimby titles is still as impressive and an unmatched feature in mens tennis. I mean, to be able to completely dominate BOTH clay and fast grass court is sick really.

wally1
05-06-2009, 11:02 PM
The Roddick Federer SF was a big match up as I recall. Many (most?) thought Roddick would win at the time.

Corey Feldman
05-06-2009, 11:11 PM
Yeah he had won Queens and was the fave to win Wimbledon i remember

W!MBLEDON
05-06-2009, 11:14 PM
:wavey:
2003 Wimbledon certainly was a turning point;)
...
***
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..

6-1

LeChuck
05-06-2009, 11:21 PM
Yeah I certainly recall Roddick being touted as the favourite ahead of that match.
Federer had been playing through the pain in his 2 previous matches against Lopez and Schalken if my memory serves me right, as he had pulled a back muscle while warming up before playing Lopez. Schalken was a doubt for the QF as he was struggling with a foot injury. I watch Nadal's 2nd and 3rd round matches against Childs and Srichaphan that year, and I was hugely impressed with him. I found his grunt incredibly annoying at the time, but I quickly grew to tolerate it. The 3rd round match against Srichaphan was his first ever appearance on a grand slam showcourt, and he despite losing in straight sets he played some dazzling tennis at times, especially in the 1st set.
Nadal had really made me sit up and take notice following his victories over the defending RG champion and world no. 7 Al Costa at Monte-Carlo, and the world no. 4 and his mentor Moya at Hamburg during the clay court season that year. Nadal look depressed and apologetic at the end after closing out that win over Moya :lol:.

10nisfan
05-07-2009, 12:03 AM
Here's what baby Rafa looked like then.

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/3616/1842436164jagul.jpg (http://img136.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1842436164jagul.jpg)

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/4200/184243619dcdfal.jpg (http://img136.imageshack.us/my.php?image=184243619dcdfal.jpg)

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/7882/1842436446idkgl.jpg (http://img22.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1842436446idkgl.jpg)


hmp, Facial Expressions and Hand Gestures hasnt change... Though His Shorts is already tight at that time, just shorter... :lol: