Our 30-Love series returns, not with a look forward—as we did with freshly minted 30-year-olds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray—but with a look back. Below is but a sliver of Rafael Nadal's record-setting history at Roland Garros throughout his 30 years (he turns 31 tomorrow—happy early birthday, Rafa).
- Everyone knows Nadal's first French Open: the 2005 edition, which he went on to win. But the Spaniard was slated to play at Roland Garros in 2003 and 2004, before withdrawing from both tournaments with injuries (elbow in 2003, left ankle in 2004). Here is Rafa just days before his 18th birthday, during a photo shoot in Paris.