Roger Federer played a good match, and in the end prevailed over Nadal in an exciting Wimbledon final match. It was exciting because everyone knew that Nadal was not going to get blown away by Federer.
And he did not. After losing 6-0 in the first set, which I sort of expected, given the nerves of making the first final on grass and playing the best player on grass, Nadal came back big time and even though he lost in the second set tie break, he won the next set. And suddenly it seemed like there would be a 5-setter.
Federer would have nothing of it. He shut the door on Nadal and closed out the match in the fourth set.
What was surprising to me is how little Federer came to the net and whenever he did come, how uncomfortable he was made to feel. Nadal on the other hand, came to the net and won many points from there, and to say that he is a clay court player is really unjust. He is a complete player and in no time, he will be a threat to Federer.
And if you know me, and have read my earlier blogs, this is exactly what I love – a great rivalry. Federer’s winning was getting boring and he still is a class above everyone else except Nadal. Now, Nadal has risen way above what was expected and is a true challenger. It should be fun!!