Nadal joins Wilander as only men to win French debut

Updated: June 5, 2005, 6:06 PM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- Rafael Nadal, the new king of clay, put on a show worthy of the royalty watching him.

“ He brought out the best in me. I lost to an excellent player. He's the best player in the world. ”

— Mariano Puerta

Caked in red dust from hair to sneakers, Nadal stood on the court after his French Open triumph Sunday, the charismatic teen who plays with a pugnacious smirk holding both his dirty hands up to a beaming King Juan Carlos ...

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