Vamous Rafa! That was the placards held by the Spanish fans cheering Rafael Nadal. I don’t know what that means but he did what they and me were expecting-winning at Wimbledon.
He played some superb tennis, these two months, while he baked the French clay and mowed the English grass . He was brimming with lot of energy and was relentless. Thomas Berdych would have been little nervous playing in the finals, but was not at his best, I suppose, having beaten Federer. He lost serve at crucial moments in all the three sets and could not break Nadal’s serve.
Looking back, I started routing for Nadal as the one against Federer, who was too perfect to watch. What’s most likable in Nadal is his humility and never say die attitude. He knows he is not skilled as Federer, but knows his strength, athleticism. He never plays exorbitant shots, only tries to place it in the other court. He prefers playing from the baseline and fires his forehand winners or waits for the opponents to make errors. It works wonders for him. But today was different, he was trying things and in the process was making lot of unforced errors. But he could afford that having won the first set.
It was a welcome comeback for Nadal and a breather for his fans. Go Rafa Go!