Manuel Santana, Andres Gimeno, Manuel Orantes, Sergi Bruguera, Carlos Moya, Albert Costa, Juan Carlos Ferrero: all of those spanish players won at least one Grand Slam tournament.
But without a doubt 8 times Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal tops them all. Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, Olympics, Davis Cup, he won it all.
The only one trophy missing is the US Open, a major won by two fellow countrymen: Manuel Santana in 1965 and Manuel Orantes in 1975.

Manuel Santana, now director of Madrid Masters Series, was the first Spaniard to win a Grand Slam title: in 1961 he defeated Nicola Pietrangeli in 5 sets to capture his first Roland Garros title. Three years later the two met again in final and Manolo needed only 4 sets to regain the trophy.

In 1965, in a game totally dominated by Americans and Australians, Santana became the first European to win the US title since Henri Cochet in 1928! He defeated South African Cliff Drysdale in final, one of the first players in the game to use the two-handed backhand.

The ever charming Santana became a national hero in Spain one year later when he won Wimbledon against doubles specialist Dennis Ralston.

Manuel Santana - Wimbledon 1966

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Upset of the day 1:
Last year’s runner-up Andy Roddick crashes out to Yen-Hsun Lu in 5 sets. Roddick lost in five gruelling sets, surrendering 9-7 in the last after four-and-a-half hours. Lu became the first Chinese Taipei player to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam, and the first man from Asia to reach the quarterfinals at a Major in fifteen years.

Upset of the day 2: Petra Kvitova defeats Caroline Wozniacki 6-0 6-2
Really can somebody explain me, how you can be world number 3 and lose 0 and 2 to a player who had never won a match at Wimbledon before this year. Really? Wozniacki’s Grand Slam performance are really disappointing since last year’s US Open final. It’s time to wake up, Caroline.

Battle of Belgium:
It was Manic Monday’s most expected match, and comeback queens Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters didn’t disappoint.
Their last meeting on grass was in the semifinals of Wimbledon 2006 and Henin won it. This time Kim overpowered Justine in 3 sets: 2-6 6-2 6-3. Kim leads now their head to head 13-12.

Battle of Wimbledon champions:
Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova 7-6 6-4, she will meet Li Na who beat the former Wimbledon junior champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3 6-2.

Other results: Nadal, Federer and Murray cruise through quarterfinals in straight sets. Djokovic defeated former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt in 4 sets.

Today’s women’s quarterfinals:
Serena Williams vs. Li Na
Petra Kvitova vs. Kaia Kanepi
Kim Clijsters vs. Vera Zvonareva
Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Venus Williams
Pretty difficult to be excited for those matches, what do you think?

Men’s quarterfinals:
Roger Federer vs. Tomas Berdych
Novak Djokovic vs Yen-Hsun Lu
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Andy Murray
Robin Soderling vs Rafael Nadal

Match of the day: Federer defeats Falla 5-7 4-6 6-4 7-6 6-0 in 3hrs 18min
It could have been Falla’s biggest win of his career, instead it will remain his cruelest defeat ever. World number 60, Alejandro Fallo never reached an ATP final, his best result in a Grand Slam is a third round at this year’s Australian Open, however he was just a couple points away to cause the biggest upest in tennis history: he lead Federer by 2 sets to love with 4 break points at 4-4 in the third, and served for the match at 5-4 in the fourth. But suddenly he woke up, realized what he was up to and choked.
A really disappointing performance by Federer who never looked like the 16th Grand Slam champion he is.

Did you watch Federer’s match? What do you think of his poor start? Is he still the favorite for the title? Please vote.

There was much less drama for last year’s runner-up Andy Roddick and for come-back queens Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin who qualified easily in straight sets.

Seeds upsets: Francesca Schiavone, Ivan Ljubicic, Marin Cilic

Tomorrow on Centre court:
Serena Williams vs Michelle Larcher de Brito
Kei Nishikori vs Rafael Nadal
Robin Soderling vs Robby Ginepri

In one word: BORING!

Justine Henin Wimbledon 2010 outfit

 

Justine Henin Wimbledon 2010 outfit

adidas design the same thing over and over again! Creativity anyone?

Some big names crashed out today at Roland Garros:

– Number 6 seed Andy Roddick was ousted in straight sets by qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili. I ‘ve seen Gabashvili play twice: once in a Futures tournament in Lille a couple years ago and last Saturday in Roland Garros, when he was playing an exhibition set against Gianni Mina during Benny Berthet Day. I must say he is a solid player but I wasn’t really impressed by his game.

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