This was the first time I saw Nadal live in person, I often talk about this match, but wanted to share with those that haven't seen it. Worth watching if you have time. This was at the USO in 2003, I had seen Nadal play a few times on TV at this point, but got to see this insanely talented prodigy for the time in person during this match. The fight he was showing in this match was really good, and even though it was over in straights, it was a very hard fought battle against a player, El Aynaoui, who was having the season of his career that year. You could easily see that big things were coming for Rafa, everyone was talking about Nadal when we walked out after that match.