The Spaniard didn’t give much chance to his rival, Roger Federer, at the French Open on Sunday. The 5th time Roland Garros champion dominated the Swiss in four sets (7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1) and has now reached Bjorn Borg’s record of six wins on the French clay.
The beginning of the tournament and Rafael Nadal’s statement about his flawed game didn’t really foreshadow the outcome of this match.
… Nadal managed to come back and win the first two sets thanks to unbelievable focus, strength and power…
Roger Federer produced an outstanding tennis, as usual, and dominated the first half hour of this titans clash. He was leading by 5 games to 2 and was about to win the 1st set when Nadal finally found his marks on the Philippe Chatrier court. Even if the crowd wasn’t on his side at all, Rafael Nadal managed to come back and win the first two sets thanks to unbelievable focus, strength and power. The Swiss champion was doing everything he could to counter Nadal’s might in the 2nd set, but even his best shots couldn’t shake the Spaniard’s impulse.
He forced Roger Federer to doubt his talent and bombarded him with shots the Swiss couldn’t handle…
Both champions played some unbelievable tennis but Nadal was more decisive and firm on key points. He forced Roger Federer to doubt his talent and bombarded him with shots the Swiss couldn’t handle. Even if Federer managed to win the 3rd set – mostly thanks to the French crowd cheers and support – and come back in the match with incredible rallies and volleys; it didn’t disturb Rafael Nadal’s urge to win his favourite Grand Slam for the 6th time.
Yesterday, Rafa showed that he was the best man of the two, at least on clay. This rivalry really gives the tennis landscape great moments and this 2011 French Open final was one of them. We could almost wish that they would meet again in Wimbledon, but let’s face it; we are all waiting for Andy Murray to dethrone these two giants. And God knows he has the talent for it, but yesterday’s final showed that he lacks this kind of mental strength or regularity.
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