‘Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer at 17 and..’ his coach recalls

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On March 28, 2004, world no. 1 Roger Federer and the upcoming youngster Rafael Nadal met at the Miami Masters, writing the first chapter of one of the greatest rivalries in our sport’s history. At 17 years and nine months, Nadal earned a magnificent 6-3, 6-3 triumph in 70 minutes to become the youngest player with a win over world no.

1 player since the formation of the ATP Tour 14 years earlier. Only a few could have predicted this outcome, even knowing that Roger was not at his best. The Swiss won the Indian Wells title a week before and struggled in the previous match against Nikolay Davydenko here in Florida.

All that aside, it was an incredible performance from the youngster, serving at 81% and never facing a deuce or a breakpoint! Federer was miles from those numbers, playing against seven break chances and suffering three breaks to propel Rafa into the last 16.


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