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At 19, Nadal won the French Open the first time he played it, a feat not accomplished in Paris for more than 20 years.
He eventually won it the first four times he played at Roland Garros.
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.
When he was 14, the Spanish tennis federation requested that he leave Mallorca and move to Barcelona to continue his tennis training.
In 2003, he won the ATP Newcomer of the Year Award.
By the age of 17, he beat Roger Federer the first time they played and became the youngest man to reach the third round at Wimbledon since Boris Becker.
Later that year, Nadal played his first match against world No.
1 Roger Federer at the 2004 Miami Masters, and won in straight sets, before losing to Fernando González in the fourth round.
Nadal and Mats Wilander are the only two male players who have won at least two Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces—hard court, grass, and clay.Nadal reached the third round of the 2004 Australian Open where he lost in three sets against Australian Lleyton Hewitt.Interestingly, had he won, he would have faced Roger Federer in the next round.But she was unfazed, hitting 54 winners in a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory to become the first Latvian ever to win a grand slam singles crown.Ostapenko is the first unseeded player to win the women's singles title at Roland Garros in the Open era.