2003 was an important year in Rafael Nadal's professional journey. The Spanish player won his first and only two Challenger titles, Barletta (Italy) in March and Segovia (Spain) in July, both on clay. In the middle, he had made his debut on the ATP Tour upsetting the Roland Garros defending champion and world No.
7 Albert Costa in the Monte Carlo Masters. Speaking about the importance of Challenger Tour, Nadal admitted that it was a very important period in his career on the path to become an elite player: 'They are the step before coming to the ATP World Tour.
After Futures, it's important to have another step and a lot of Challengers are very-well organized. This one in Segovia is one of the best, I have good memories.'
— ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) 12 апреля 2018 г.