Rafael Nadal made his first impression on the Monte Carlo Masters 10 years ago at the age of just 16, surprising Karol Kucera and Albert Costa before falling to Guillermo Coria in round three.
Nadal's early success ensured he was picked out as a future star to watch, but even the most optimistic of his supporters could hardly have dreamed of the way in which he would go on to make the tournament his own.
Nadal returned to Monte Carlo this week seeking an unprecedented ninth straight title. Having missed the tournament in 2004, he returned in 2005 to begin his 42-game winning streak, including a revenge win over Coria in the final.
Yet while the sporting world is working on the assumption that a freshly rejuvenated Nadal will duly pick up that ninth consecutive title, the Spaniard himself is adamant he can take nothing for granted.
"It's not possible to win it every year and some day that has got to stop," he told a pre-tournament media conference. "I will try my best to make it happen but that's life - nothing is forever."
Ordinarily the question marks over Nadal's ability to win another title might be obvious, having recently returned from seven months out with a knee injury, during which time his long-term future in the sport was once again questioned.
But Nadal has since answered those doubters in emphatic fashion and will head back to Monte Carlo on the back of three straight tournament wins, including a win on the hard courts of Indian Wells.
The feeling is that if Nadal can come back after such a long lay-off and prove his point straight away on one of his least favourite surfaces, more unprecedented claycourt success ought to be within his grasp.
"I am excited to play this European clay-court season," Nadal added. "It's one of the best part of the year without a doubt. I really enjoy playing this tournament because there are a lot of big emotions with what happened in the past.
"This year is probably more special because I have had a really tough year. To be back and playing at these places is fantastic. I don't feel the pressure that I've felt in the years past, because I know I cannot repeat everything that happened."