Interestingly, had he won, he would have faced Roger Federer in the next round.

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He eventually won it the first four times he played at Roland Garros.

The following year, Nadal won two Challenger titles and finished the year in the top 50.

Rafael Nadal was born in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain. His uncle, Miguel Ángel Nadal, is a retired professional footballer, who played for RCD Mallorca, FC Barcelona, and the Spanish national team.

His father, Sebastián Nadal, is a businessman who owns an insurance company and a glass and window company, Vidres Mallorca, and manages his own restaurant, Sa Punta. This made Toni Nadal intensify training, and at that time he encouraged Nadal to play left-handed for a natural advantage on the tennis court, as he noticed Nadal played forehand shots with two hands.

He then lost in the second round of 2005 Wimbledon to Gilles Müller of Luxembourg.

Immediately after Wimbledon, Nadal won 16 consecutive matches and three consecutive tournaments, bringing his ranking to world No. Nadal started his North American summer hard-court season by defeating Agassi in the final of the 2005 Canada Masters, but lost in the first round of the 2005 Cincinnati Masters.

He missed most of the clay court season, including the French Open, because of a stress fracture in his left ankle.

At the 2005 Australian Open, Nadal lost in the fourth round to eventual runner-up Lleyton Hewitt.

When he was 14, the Spanish tennis federation requested that he leave Mallorca and move to Barcelona to continue his tennis training.