‘Rafael Nadal will assess his performance even if…’ says expert

After two heartbreaking losses to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, Rafael Nadal claimed the crown at the All England Club on the third attempt in 2008. The Spaniard outclassed the Swiss in a memorable final to claim his first major crown in outside of Paris.

, rising as the proud owner of a “Channel Slam”, Rafa skipped Wimbledon in 2009 due to injury and returned with a vengeance in 2010 to lift the second cathedral title in three years. For the first time since 2002, Roger Federer did not make the Wimbledon final, falling to Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals and allowing the Czechs to challenge for the trophy in their first and only major title clash.

Nadal had to work hard in the early rounds to stay on course for the title, beating Robin Haase and Philipp Petzschner and playing at a high level against Robin Soderling and Andy Murray to reach a fourth consecutive Wimbledon final.

With his vast experience in notable matches, 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 despite just turning 24!

They had a similar number of winners and unforced errors, while Nadal forced over 40 errors from his opponent to seal the deal in straight sets. Nadal defended four break points and stole his opponent’s serve four times to extend his streak at Wimbledon after that setback in 2009.

Recalling the final, Rafa said he was nervous before the game knowing he was the favourite. Still, he offered solid tennis to win the trophy after a better performance in the shorter range, up to four strokes. After six comfortable strikes from both sides, Nadal made the first difference with a break at 15 in the seventh game of the match.

Chanda Rubin comments on Nadal

Chanda Rubin said that Rafael Nadal would certainly have liked to have had a few more matches under his belt before the US Open. “Yeah, definitely, Nadal would have liked to get a few more matches and it wasn’t easy.

It has already lost a charge several times. So, you know, it’s a match, he had to fight, but he thought when he won that second set that he kind of turned things around,” she said. He was going to get that extra push.

He was 0-30 at the start of the third just was a bit off, and that’s kind of to be expected because Nadal is so underrated in games recently and the first game on hard courts, it takes a bit of time to get used to it. I hope he gets back to it right away and builds on it even though he lost it,” she added.

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