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Rafael Nadal defeated Mariano Puerta in the final, 6–7(6–8), 6–3, 6–1, 7–5 to win the men's singles tennis title at the 2005 French Open. It was his first major title, the first of a record 14 French Open titles, and the first of a record 22 major men's singles titles overall. Nadal won the French Open on his tournament debut, the first man to do so since Mats Wilander in 1982, and was the youngest champion since Michael Chang in 1989.
 

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Barely turned 19 when he won this. Had defeated Federer a couple of times already (and should've won Miami in 2005 from two sets up).

When you consider what Alcaraz has already achieved but he's a little short currently in slams it's incredible the heights Nadal achieved so young and just been a relentless march since at RG.
 

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Barely turned 19 when he won this. Had defeated Federer a couple of times already (and should've won Miami in 2005 from two sets up).

When you consider what Alcaraz has already achieved but he's a little short currently in slams it's incredible the heights Nadal achieved so young and just been a relentless march since at RG.
Alcaraz still has a chance to surpass Nadal's 2005 season, it's not over yet. He can win a slam, a couple of masters, YEC, and finish year end no 1. All as a teen still.
 

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Rafael Nadal defeated Mariano Puerta in the final, 6–7(6–8), 6–3, 6–1, 7–5 to win the men's singles tennis title at the 2005 French Open. It was his first major title, the first of a record 14 French Open titles, and the first of a record 22 major men's singles titles overall. Nadal won the French Open on his tournament debut, the first man to do so since Mats Wilander in 1982, and was the youngest champion since Michael Chang in 1989.
This match thread is over 17 years too late.
 
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I always liked Puerta and his one handed backhand, got on the "level playing field" a bit too late in his career and it looked too suspicious. A weak federation like Argentina couldn't do anything to cover it up.
 
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