Can You Pass Rafa's Roland Garros Challenge?
Identify the players Rafael Nadal has defeated in a Roland Garros final
Is there a feat more difficult than beating Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros? Starting with his winning debut in 2005, Nadal has clinched a record 13 titles at the clay-court major. His most recent triumph this past October in Paris lifted the Spaniard to a 100-2 tournament match record, as well as a record-tying 20th Grand Slam title.
“I don’t think we’ll see anything similar in our lives... His record at Roland Garros is astonishing and it will not be repeated,” said Roberto Bautista Agut, as he joined fellow Spaniards in paying tribute to Nadal's accomplishments.
As Nadal goes for a 14th title in Paris this coming fortnight, facing a challenging half of the draw that includes long-time rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, we put you to the test to see if you can recall who he's beaten in a championship match at Roland Garros. Of the seven different players, some may be easy to identify – such as the one he faced in four finals – but can you remember who Nadal defeated to win his first major title here, two days after his 19th birthday?
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