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On April 17, 2005, an 18-year-old Rafael Nadal won the first Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo, beating Guillermo Coria 6-3, 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 in three hours and nine minutes and making the first notable step on his glorious clay-court trail that has made him the most successful player in history on the slowest surface.
 

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Rafa's 2nd masters title win, over the same opponent, in the same year - Rome 2005 final, even better, one of the best matches in the history.

This one was amazing. Teen Nadal showed incredible mental prowess for such a young kid - a true sign of his future greatness.
 

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2004 French Open final, then this, how can you not be destroyed mentally.
Yeah, this match pretty much ended Coria's career. Too bad he couldn't get over his demons because of those who Nadal played that didn't win RG, he was clearly the most talented, and it was kind of tragic that Kuerten and Coria's careers were basically over as Nadal when Nadal was starting his career as the clay field became so weak without them.
 

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Rafa's 2nd masters title win, over the same opponent, in the same year - Rome 2005 final, even better, one of the best matches in the history.

The Rome one broke Coria mentally. He had a double break in the fifth set and was toe to toe with Nadal.
 

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Yeah, this match pretty much ended Coria's career. Too bad he couldn't get over his demons because of those who Nadal played that didn't win RG, he was clearly the most talented, and it was kind of tragic that Kuerten and Coria's careers were basically over as Nadal when Nadal was starting his career as the clay field became so weak without them.
This kid has a potential!
 
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