2010 WIMBLEDON CHAMPION
SIMPLY THE BEST!
No. 2 Rafael Nadal defeats No. 12 Tomas Berdych (6-3, 7-5, 6-4) to capture his second Wimbledon championship (2008, 2010). Berdych was looking to become the first player ever to defeat the No. 1 seed, the No. 2 seed and the No. 3 seed in one Grand Slam tournament. He beat No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals BUT he ran into a machine in the final (a healthy Nadal) who was just too much for the young man from the Czech Republic, who's loss puts the Czech nation at 0-3 [Ivan Lendl, 0-2, 1986, 1987] at Wimbledon in the last 40 years.
As for Rafa-- he has now won 5 tournaments, including 2 Grand Slams, in 2010. And with it, the undisputed world No. 1 ranking.
But what about Roger Federer?
Since his quarterfinal loss, he has been hammered for what many critics call "being a sore loser". In his press conference after the loss he gave no credit to Berdych, simply blaming his health for the loss. Since then, many are saying that his reign of dominance is over and that he's gone from being a "great player" to simply being a "good player".
Is Federer done?
I don't think so.... but for now the stage belongs to Rafa. No doubt!
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