Rafael Nadal has overcome David Ferrer, a rain delay and some dangerous mid-match protests to claim his eighth Roland Garros title, his 12th Grand Slam overall. Nadal won in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
The battle was between the King of Clay, the King of Heart and his compatriot, friend and video game playing partner David Ferrer who has been nicknamed ‘The Wall’. Ferrer, incredibly consistent, would have more titles to his name if it wasn’t for his friend Rafa.
Nadal drew blood in the third game and took a 2-1 lead with a break thanks to some great play from him and some unusual errors from Ferrer who appeared to be slightly nervous. Ferrer, needing two chances to break back in the following game, created some beautiful shots and covered some incredible distance to get back on serve. Read more
For the first time in this years Roland Garros tournament seven-time champion Rafael Nadal won in straight sets but it was far from pretty. Nadal beat the entertaining Italian stallion Fabio Fognini 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a battle that saw Nadal struggle to get going and Fabio produce some brilliant shots.
Taking notes from those who have seemingly recently decided Rafa is no longer a figure to fear on clay, Fognini went out hard from the beginning of the match, taking advantage of Rafa’s less than stellar play. Read more
Andy Murray over came Tomas Berdych and windy conditions in New York to secure a finals spot with his 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 win.
Play began in horrendous conditions with Berdych seemingly determined to hit through the wind while Murray used his mobility and more varied play to combat the wild gusts of air.
Murray was the first to draw blood for a 2-1. While there were some moments of good sportsmanship there were also ridiculous moments where Berdych’s ball toss would be carried so far away from him in the wind that it landed in the tram tracks. Read more
Novak Djokovic has secured himself a semi final spot as he attempts to defend his US Open crown after beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 7-6, 6-4.
The sleeping gentle giant Delpo seemed to try and force his body to wake up as he tried to battle back, down 2-4 in the first set. Djokovic, however, was already too far ahead and only too willing to rise to the occasion, closing out the first set 6-2 in 39 minutes. Read more
With David and Victoria Beckham among the famous faces in attendance for the Wimbledon gentlemen’s final, Roger Federer and Andy Murray battled for history. If Murray won he would be ending a 76 year drought at Wimbledon for players from the UK and winning his first Grand Slam. If Federer won he would win his 7th Wimbledon title, 17th Grand Slam overall and re-take the number one ranking equaling Pete Sampras’ time spent at number one.
It was Roger who created history and Andy who, again, went home defeated by both Roger and himself. Federer won his 17th Grand Slam 4-6 ,7-5, 6-3, 6-4 once again leaving the UK without a champion. Read more
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In their rain delayed and controversial mens final, defending champion Rafael Nadal leads 6-4, 6-3,2-6, 1-2 against Novak Djokovic.
In the cool and heavy conditions Rafa ripped his forehand from the first point, quickly finding triple break point. On his fourth break point Nadal converted. Vicious forehand down the line winners gave Rafa two more break points in the third game and ultimately a 3-0 lead as Djokovic repeatedly miss-fired off both wings. Read more
It was never going to be easy for David Ferrer to beat Rafael Nadal with Rafa giving up just 13 sets over the last 8 years with a 50-1 win-loss record in Paris. Unfortunately for David, Rafa was not in a giving mood. Nadal was impressive as he claimed his spot in the Roland Garros finals for the seventh time with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win in one hour 47 minutes.
It was one of those matches you couldn’t not watch. One of those matches you couldn’t understand why the Parisian crowd weren’t salivating over it. It was also a match where you felt the odds were stacked against Ferrer. Read more
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were not only fighting for the Rome title today but also over ranking positions and the Roland Garros draw. The Roman final had a distinct feel to it that the two players were already starting the battle over the French Open trophy. Today it was Nadal that came out on top 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and twenty minutes.
Nadal was desperate to win, not only to prove he can still beat Nole when the Serb is not emotionally traumatized by his grandfathers death, but also to try and return to number two in the rankings. The ranking change could mean the difference between facing Novak in the semis or the final of Roland Garros. Read more
In recent weeks Juan Monaco has morphed into an in form and incredibly focused and consistent version of himself. Today in Rome against Novak Djokovic he was only able to maintain that intensity for just over a set, Nole walking away with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win.
The new and improved Monaco took the match to Novak in the opening set and took the first break of serve comfortably for a 3-2 lead. It was an extremely focused Monaco who seemed to bully the Serbian around the court, dictating with his forehand. Read more
Rafael Nadal has put on an impressive performance against a sharp Gilles Simon to book a place in the Monte Carlo finals for a chance to win his eighth consecutive title in the principality. Nadal beat his French opponent 6-3, 6-4.
Rafa came into this tournament under an injury cloud but with an impressive 234 wins and 18 losses in his clay court career. Simon came in under the radar.
Both players started playing entertaining tennis from the beginning of the match with Simon producing blinding winners that even beat Nadal’s forehand for power, placement and pace. Read more