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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 June, 2005, 18:00 GMT 19:00 UK
Nadal revels in 'dream' Paris win
Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory in Paris with the trophy
Rafael Nadal admitted he had fulfilled his dream after winning the French Open crown on his Roland Garros debut.

The Spanish teenager was the tournament favourite and won a thrilling final as he beat Mariano Puerta in four sets.

"It's incredible to win at Roland Garros," said Nadal, who sank to his knees after sealing the win.

"It's a dream come true to win on my first appearance here. Mariano was my toughest opponent in the two weeks. It was a great final."

Nadal's triumph saw he become the youngest Grand Slam winner since Michael Chang won at Roland Garros in 1989, aged 17.

The 19-year-old Spaniard has shown a cool head throughout the tournament - even dispatching world number one Roger Federer in the semi-finals with ease.

There were times against Puerta when Nadal's confidence deserted him but the Spaniard's determination ensured he never gave in.

"I thought I was going to lose after he won the first set, I really thought he could win," admitted Nadal.

"But I fight for every ball. When I have problems in the match, I fight, I fight, I fight every game.

"These moments are very strong and when you reach your goal, it's an extraordinary moment.

"For the first time, I cried after winning a match. It has never happened to me before."

Highlights: Watch highlights of Nadal's victory over Puerta

Interview: Rafael Nadal

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