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Rafa Nadal captures his second Wimbledon crown! July 4, 2010

Posted by pacejmiller in Tennis.
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It felt like yesterday when Rafael Nadal defeated Robin Soderling to claim his fifth French Open title.  Well, he has just won the second Wimbledon and eighth Grand Slam title of his career, defeating Federer conquerer Tomas Berdych in the final, 6-3. 7-5, 6-4.  Having turned 24 a month ago and with Roger Federer in decline, is it out the question to assume that Nadal would one day become the greatest of all time?

I understand why people like Roger Federer, but I don’t really get a lot of the negativity towards Rafa.  The guy may have started off somewhat one-dimensional, but you don’t get to where he is today without having an all-court game.  Rafa has evolved over the years to capture Grand Slams on all surfaces.  He has worked on his serve and backhand, and has ramped up his already unparalleled lefty forehand, court coverage, and determination.  Despite all of this, he remains absolutely humble and sincere — what is there not to like about this guy?

Federer, after capturing the Australian Open at the start of the year, has looked more mortal than ever before, losing to guys you would usually expect him to beat in Grand Slams.  While I think it’s too early to write the guy off just yet, especially with the US Open still left on the calendar, you have to start wondering whether Nadal, halfway to Federer’s 16 Grand Slams, may one day exclipse him.  If he does, then I can’t see how he cannot be the GOAT, considering his imposing record against Roger.

A few years ago, some thought that guys like Djokovic and Murray would continue to grow and overtake Nadal, but it seems those guys have peaked — at least for now.  Of course, the main concern about Nadal, as it always has been, is his health.  He has already missed significant time with his knee injuries, and there have been whispers of more issues this season (though they do not have appeared to have affected him too much).

Let’s hope Nadal can stay healthy and continue to make men’s tennis exciting to watch.  I’d very much like to see how far he can take things.  I remember after the epic 2007 Wimbledon final when Federer said that one day Rafa was going to win them all.  How right he was.

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1. Toka - July 5, 2010

Nadal has an excellent footwork and he catches all the ball that might have been a winner if another person was playing. His spin makes the opponent to have difficulty to have a stroke with him.
I hope he grows to be like the past Federer and win all the Grand Slams.
I can’t wait for the next Grand Slam.

pacejmiller - July 5, 2010

Unbelievable! I studied in Kyoto years ago and recall seeing Doshisha many times.

2. Chris Ross - July 5, 2010

I really enjoyed reading your article keep up the good work! I thought that this year’s wimbledon was very exciting and was happy to see Rafael Nadal take home his second title. But you have wonder if his injuries are going to catch up to him. I’m worried for how his career is going to pan out because of the injury problems considering it could be an unbelievable career rather than just very good. Also, you think you could check out my blog? I really want to know what your opinion is on my thoughts. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/nadals-last-chance/

3. sam - August 19, 2010

Top 10 latest ATP Tennis Rankings

1. Rafael Nadal,Spain,10,925 points

2. Roger Federer, Switzerland, 7,215

3. Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 7,085

4. Andy Murray, Britain, 5,305

5. Robin Soderling, Sweden, 4,830

6. Nikolay Davydenko, Russia, 4,195

7. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 3,950

8. Fernando Verdasco, Spain, 3,430.

9. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, 3,170

10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, United France, 3,095
(As on August 16, 2010)

4. upoznavanjesazenama - October 18, 2010

New atp list ( 18.10.)

1 Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 11,880 0 20
2 Federer, Roger (SUI) 7,335 1 20
3 Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 7,145 -1 21
4 Murray, Andy (GBR) 6,125 0 19
5 Soderling, Robin (SWE) 4,825 0 24
6 Berdych, Tomas (CZE) 3,715 1 24
7 Verdasco, Fernando (ESP) 3,330 2 25
8 Ferrer, David (ESP) 3,325 2 23
9 Youzhny, Mikhail (RUS) 3,310 -1 24


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