And at that moment we knew that Rafael was one of the best on clay, or the best. The fourth seed is now one match away from emulating Mats Wilander's feat of 1983 by winning the Roland Garros title on his debut in Paris. Then we went to Rome & Barcelona. The fourth seed is now one match away from emulating Mats Wilander's feat of 1983 by winning the Roland Garros title on his debut in Paris. "I'm not going to destroy the locker room and never play tennis again, you know. It was an incredible match and just six months before Rafael was ranked outside the Top 50. Create a free account and enjoy all the benefits that registered Tokyvideo users enjoy:Do you want to stop following this series?If you stop following this series you will no longer receive notifications when new videos are uploaded.Please select a reason for reporting this video and add an optional comment. But then Rafael was very close. I'm not at that point. But in this moment, we knew that Rafael was there.“And then, when we came to the clay season, Rafael started to play well. Rafael Nadal, seeded fourth at his first French Open, was a strong favorite to win the men's title after winning the Monte Carlo and Rome Masters, with Guillermo Coria, a 2004 finalist and 2005 runner-up to Nadal in both Monaco and Rome, calling Nadal the best clay-court player in the world prior to the tournament. And I said, it’s impossible for us to win. I was interviewed and asked about the final. You tried to perform an action that is meant for registered users only. Rafael Nadal's clash with Mariano Puerta will be the first time an Argentinian and a Spaniard meet at a Roland Garros final. "Was good in the middle and that was not good enough. Tennis Rafa Nadal vs Mariano Puerta, 2005 Roland-Garros final 2005 final against Mariano Puerta. 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".Top seeded Federerbowed out by hitting a forehand long on the first match point. The 2005 French Open was the 109th edition of the tournament. "The motivation's big to come back the next few years and to do better. Our team will review your report and take appropriate action as soon as possible.Create your free account and enjoy our features for registered users:Watch the 2005 Roland Garros Final between Rafa Nadal and Mariano Puerta. “I remember that. Because Federer is too good. He beats Ferrero in Barcelona and Coria again in Rome. By Eurosport • 04/06/2005 at 13:25 Draws He won the first 2 sets and in the end he loses. "I've just beaten the man who's the number one to me, not only for his tennis but also as a person. Report this video. 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".Fourth seed Nadal extended his winning streak on clay to 23 matches and will be the overwhelming favourite to take the title when he faces Puerta in Sunday's final.The unseeded Puerta advanced by wearing down Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-3 5-7 2-6 6-4 6-4 earlier on a stormy day.Looking slightly nervous and struggling with his serve, Federer was broken in the opening game of the first set and again in the fifth.The two players then traded breaks and Nadal, leading 5-2, served for the set, only to be broken.The Spaniard reacted straight away and broke Federer in the following game to take that first set in 43 minutes with the 23-year-old Swiss netting a forehand.The momentum swung Federer's way in the second set as the Swiss built a 5-1 lead before being broken while serving for the set, which he eventually took with Nadal netting a backhand.The tense fight continued in the third set until Nadal broke Federer in the sixth game with a sharp volley.Federer underlined his mental strength by breaking back immediately but Nadal, determined not to give anything away, captured his opponent's serve again in the 10th game, taking the set with another forehand winner.Nadal came back from an early break in the fourth set and took control of the match, meeting each of his winners with his trademark fist-pumps and yells.A raging volley gave the burly left-hander with the devastating forehand two match points.He only needed one, prevailing just before darkness fell.© Eurosport, a Discovery Company 2020 – All rights reserved. Full match replay of this fantastic tennis game. "Started bad and finished bad basically," said Federer, who had his chances but could not produce his very best tennis when it counted.