Mutua Madrid Open
Record Book 2005
Rafael Nadal’s sleeveless t-shirt and long shorts were the centre of everyone’s attention as the 18 year old lifted his first title in Madrid. The Mallorcan, who had won his first Roland Garros months before, came back from two sets down in the final to eventually beat Ivan Ljubicic in five sets (tiebreak in the fifth) in one of the most exciting title battles in the history of the tournament. With the fans urging him on, Nadal managed to turn around a match that was all but lost as he started to build his legend in Madrid.