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French Open, 2005


June 5, 2005

Nadal verus Puerta

Rafael Nadal was crowned the undisputed king of clay on Sunday, beating unseeded Argentine Mariano Puerta 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5 in a rousing French Open final.

The 19-year-old Spaniard recovered from losing a lung-busting opening set, rattled through the next two and then held off a brave Puerta fightback to claim his first Grand Slam title.

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