Rafael Nadal wins Wimbledon 2010 title

Joy: Nadal needed just one match point to seal victory and collapse in delightWas it only last year that worrying news came one after the other for an entire 11 months that Rafa either suffered a really bad loss or retired/pulled out of a tournament due to injury and ultimately not winning a single title? It seemed like for many especially the critics that Rafa would never going to regain his glorious form back in 2008 until early 2009 that saw Federer losing in straight sets at Roland Garros, 5 amazing sets at both Wimbledon and Australian Open and eventually usurping the Swiss to end the year at No.1.

It’s unbelievable how he came back BIG and GREAT despite a terrible loss at this year’s Aussie Open. The critics may have already written him off last year but he proved to them that you can bounce back from a terrible form {and perhaps for an ailing Federer, he can do that as well. But I don’t wanna talk about him.} Rafa also proved how patient and disciplined he is and how he handled a setback so maturely. He knew that it takes time to heal and to get your game on before you win matches and eventually titles.

Rafa’s 2nd title at Wimbledon proves that his victory back in 2008 was not a fluke. The match was never really a contest. Although it was pretty much one-sided (6-3 7-5 6-4), I’m glad that Rafa won. But on the other hand, I would have wanted to see a great fight from Berdych with the same end result of course.

His Wimbledon performance was a great contrast to his performance at French Open just a couple of weeks ago. In Paris, he never dropped a set en route to the title whereas at SW19, he was pushed to two 5 setters by relatively unknown players and a 4 setter by home crowd favorite Andy Murray. That worried me actually coz the longer he stays and plays in matches, the higher the risk of his knees to give in. Fortunately, those knees did not fail him.

A couple of months ago, I blogged about my wishlist for Rafa this year. Two of which have already come true: winning the French Open and Wimbledon. I still have 3 more on the list which are: win both the US Open and Tour Finals and end the year atop for the 2nd time.

The hardcourt season is just around the corner and this concerns me a bit since hardcourts are the most detrimental surface for Rafa’s knees. But if Rafa can keep this up, there will be little doubt that he might win that elusive crown at Flushing Meadows. I mean he has done it in Australia. I am just hoping that he keeps healthy and injury-free.

Obviously, I’m a huge Rafa fan. Although I’m reading a lot of articles saying that he is now unquestionably the most dominant player, I don’t think he will dominate the way Roger did. And I guess that’s good for the sport. When Roger dominated the field, it was like every time he enters any tournament, it was almost 99% sure that he comes out as a victor. And that made tennis boring.

Rafa will be battling those knees for his entire career and I’m not happy to admit that those knees may not hold up long. It’s not like those knees are gonna get better as he gets older and as he plays more matches. I just hope that before they deteriorate for good, he would’ve reached double-figure grand slam titles.

He now has 8 Grand Slams in his possession and that is more than what regular players hope for. But he is not, in my opinion, just a regular player. He is made for great things, even greater than his predecessors.

The question now is, will he have a long but good tennis career? Or an absolutely great but short-lived tennis career? Will he even beat Roger’s all-time record of 16 Grand Slams?

Time will only tell. Tying or surpassing 16 Grand Slams is a tall order. But each great champion has his own unique story and legacy.

As what Rafa said, “I don’t wanna think about breaking records and all these crazy things. Let’s just wait and see when my career is over.”

So until then, let’s celebrate his Wimbledon victory for now.

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Serena Williams of USA and Rafael Nadal of Spain with their winners trophies at the Wimbledon Championships 2010 Winners Ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 4, 2010 in London, England.

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One thought on “Rafael Nadal wins Wimbledon 2010 title

  1. 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/

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