Rafael Nadal’s winning secret? His grandmother’s cake

Interesting article by the Wall Street Journal about world number Rafael Nadal‘s training regimen and diet. Rafa’s fitness team consists of 3 people: his doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro, Manacor based gym teacher Joan Forcades, and his physio Rafael Maymo. Dr. Cotorro describes Nadal as a “very special athlete”, who “mixes the explosive pace of a […]

Rafael Nadal wins his 2nd Wimbledon crown, his 8th Grand Slam title

Rafa dominated from first point on and defeated Tomas Berdych in straight sets 6-3 7-5 6-4. The win gave him an eighth career major title just past the age of 24. Nadal joins a list of greats that includes Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall. Just 5 players won more […]

2000 Wimbledon Final: Pete Sampras defeats Pat Rafter

One year earlier, Sampras had beaten his archrival Agassi in final, and equalled Emerson’s record of 12 Grand Slam singles titles. He was expected to break the record in front of the US crowd, but had to withdraw just a few days before the 99 Us Open due to a back injury. Beaten in the […]

Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych roads to the final

Berdych’s road to the final: Round Opponent Score R1 Andrey Golubev 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-2 R2 Benjamin Becker 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 R3 Denis Istomin 6-7(1), 7-6(5), 6-7(8),6-3, 6-4 R4 Daniel Brands 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-5, 6-3 QF Roger Federer 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 SF Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6(9), 6-3 Nadal’s road to the final: Round Opponent Score […]

Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych head to head

Rafael Nadal leads their head to head 7-3, he also won their only match on grass, at Wimbledon in 2007. Year Tournament Surface Winner Score 2005 Bastad Clay Nadal 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 2005 Cincinnati Hard Berdych 6-7(4), 6–2, 7-6(3) 2006 Toronto Hard Berdych 6–1, 3-6, 6–2 2006 Madrid Hard Berdych 6–3, 7-6(6) 2007 Monaco Clay […]