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Rafael Nadal

The Spanish teenager was the talk of tennis after his spectacular victory at Roland Garros.

india Updated: Jun 26, 2006 21:18 IST

Age: 20

Country: Spain

Lives: Mallorca

Plays: Left-handed, double-handed backhand

Seed: 2

Grand slam titles: Two (2005, 2006 French Open)

Record at Wimbledon: 2005-second round, 2003-third round

The Spanish teenager was the talk of tennis after his spectacular victory at Roland Garros but a first-round defeat at Halle on grass showed how hard it will be for him to repeat his Paris triumph at Wimbledon.

Unlike many of the Latin clay specialists, though, Nadal has the all-round skills to suggest he can develop into a fine grasscourt player over time.

Clubbing groundstrokes and fine court coverage are two of his biggest assets and expect to see the Mallorcan's famous pirate pants stained green as he throws himself around the court.

Did well to reach the third round three years ago on his debut and if he can avoid some of the big serve-volleyers early on Nadal may go further this time like his French Open.