After two heartbreaking losses to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, Rafael Nadal clinched the crown at the All England Club on the third try in 2008. The Spaniard outclassed the Swiss in a memorable final to claim his first Major crown outside of Paris.
Rising as the proud owner of a Channel Slam, Rafa missed Wimbledon in 2009 through injury and returned full force in 2010 to claim his second title at the tennis cathedral in three years. For the first time since 2002, Roger Federer failed to appear in the Wimbledon final, falling to Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals and allowing the Czech to challenge for the trophy in his first and only Major title fight.
Nadal had to work hard in the early laps to stay on the path to the title. He beat Robin Haase and Philipp Petzschner and played at a high level against Robin Soderling and Andy Murray to reach a fourth straight Wimbledon final.
With extensive experience in notable games, Rafa was the favorite against Tomas. The Spaniard showed it on the pitch with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 win in two hours and 13 minutes to claim his eighth Major crown when he just turned 24!
They had a similar number of winners and unforced errors, while Nadal forced more than 40 errors from his opponent to seal the deal in straight sets. Nadal defended four break points and stole serve from his opponent four times to extend his streak at Wimbledon after that setback in 2009.
Recalling the final, Rafa said he was nervous ahead of the game knowing he was the favourite. Still, he offered solid tennis to win the trophy after a better performance at the shorter distance of up to four strokes. After six comfortable shots on both sides, Nadal made the first difference with a break at 15 in game seven of the match.
Chanda Rubin comments on Nadal
Chanda Rubin said Rafael Nadal would definitely have liked to play a few more games ahead of the US Open. “Yeah, sure, Nadal would have liked to get a few more matches and that wasn’t easy.
He’s lost a load a few times. So, you know, this is a match where he had to fight, but he thought when he won that second set that he kind of turned it around,” she said. “He would get that extra boost.
He was 0-30 at the start of the third, was just a little off and that’s kind of to be expected because Nadal has been so underpowered in games lately and the first game on hard courts it takes a bit of getting used to. Hopefully he comes back to it right away and builds on it even though he lost it,” she added.