WOOHOO!! I’m uber ecstatic about this one! Rafa finally avenged his loss last year by the only player to ever beat him in Roland Garros, and this time in epic style! He did it in the final. How fitting! Not only did he win the tourney without dropping a set, but he also deservingly reclaims the No. 1 ranking!
Now the critics can suck it! They said that Rafa has peaked 2 years ago. Ugh, not even close suckers, not even close. The 1 year title-drought was just a hiccup. Every great champion goes through that.
This is already his 7th grand slam…and counting? How many more can this guy win! Hopefully many more. He has so far done two major things. One is winning the French Open again. Second, reclaiming the top ranking.
Now apart from those, as a fan, I have 4 things I want him to achieve this year. Recapture Wimbledon. Win that elusive US Open (or at least reach a final!). Win the Tour Final. And end the year as No. 1!
Following his seventh career Grand Slam title, Nadal also becomes the first player to qualify for the season-ending 2010Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 21-28 November. Only the world’s Top 8 players at the end of the season qualify for the showpiece event in London.
“When you qualify for the World Tour Finals you have to be very happy because it proves you have had a very good season. Last year the crowd and the stadium were unbelievable. Playing in London is always a special feeling. I have amazing memories of London,” said the World No.1.
Nadal’s triumph at Roland Garros completes an incredible 22-match winning streak during the clay-court season, in which he became the first player in history to win all three clay-court ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in the same year. The Spaniard also became just the second man in history to win five Roland Garros titles, with only Swedish tennis legend Bjorn Borg ahead on six titles.
Nadal last held the No.1 ranking on 29 June, 2009, when he was surpassed by Federer. The Spaniard now overtakes the Swiss again, with Federer just one week shy of equalling Pete Sampras’ all-time record of 286 weeks at No.1.
Nadal leads the ATP World Tour with four titles in 2010. Fans can now look forward to seeing Nadal compete 3 times in the UK during the season. He is due to compete at next week’s AEGON Championships at The Queen’s Club in London, before playing Wimbledon for the first time since his dramatic triumph at The Championships in 2008.
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