Rafael Nadal, who beat Mariano Puerta in the definition of Roland Garros 2005, referred ten years later to the case of the Argentine.
In 2015, the newspaper La Nación consulted Nadal about his first Roland Garros, in which he beat Mariano Puerta in the definition. Months later, the Argentine would be suspended for doping in that match.
“It did not generate anything for me to learn about doping, because I had the trophy at home. But to all those who took away the possibility of competing for the title, I understand that it will have generated anger. I think that is the feeling that it caused in everyone the opponents he was leaving along the way. In my case, if I didn’t have the trophy for having lost with someone who cheated, the feeling would have been totally different. But hey, the game itself was special, it was the victory in my first Grand Slam. Everything else was later, it had no impact on the game for my feelings. If it had an impact on him, I don’t know, “said the Manacorí.
Puerta was suspended for two years as a repeat offender and had to return the $ 887,000 earned during that season.