Jun 06, 2005, 11.00 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Nadal slams Puerta for French Open victory

Teen prodigy Rafael Nadal beat unseeded Argentine Mariano Puerta, to win the French Open for his first grand slam title.

Rafael Nadal went on to win his first grand slam title, after defeating Mariano Puerta in the French Open. In the amazing match, Nadal beat Puerta by 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5, reports CNBC-TV18.

Two days after celebrating his nineteenth birthday, and defeating top-ranked Roger Federer, Nadal overcame a gallant effort from Puerta.
 
The young Spaniard became the first man to win the French Open on his initial try since Mats Wilander, who claimed the first of his seven grand slam titles at Roland Garros in 1982.

Meanwhile, in the women's finals, Belgian Henin Hardenne, took all of one hour and two minutes to beat her opponent Mary Pierce, seeded 21, by 6-1, 6-1, without the loss of a single serve.

For the 23 year old Hardenne, who has been crowned with three Grand Slam titles, this has been a tremendous win especially after returning from a three-month illness and injury.

And in the French Open doubles finals, top seeds Paola Suarez and Virginia Ruano Pascual overcame a set deficit to beat second seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber by 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday, to claim their fourth women's doubles title at the French Open.

Suarez and Ruano Pascual took eight Grand Slam titles and reached nine consecutive major doubles finals between 2003 French Open and 2005 French Open.


 

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