Rafael Nadal was in Johannesburg to watch the Spanish defeat the Netherlands in an ill-tempered final, with Andres Iniesta finally scoring in extra-time to give the la Furia Roja the trophy.

I cried like a little boy. We have to celebrate for a whole year, because this is unbelievable. It is very difficult to repeat this. It will be crazy at home. Imagine, I was watching the semi-finals in Mallorca and I felt amazing. The whole country must be very proud.

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Spain lost in Davis Cup quarters against France, but it was Rafa’s last thing on his mind.

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 200-meter runner with the resistance of a marathon runner”.
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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 majors than Nadal: Rod Laver (11), Bjorn Borg (11), Roy Emerson (12), Pete Sampras (14) and Roger Federer (16).

The world number one struggled in the early rounds, but played his best tennis when needed, especially against Andy Murray in semifinals and Berdych in final.

I think the biggest difference between us was that when he get a chance, he just took it, you know. He give me one in the second set, one in the third set, and none of them I can, you know, bring it to my side and just made a break.
That just show how strong he is. I think it was just really about the small difference.

Next goal for Rafa: to win the US Open, the only trophy missing to his impressive collection.

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
R1 Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
R2 Robin Haase 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
R3 Philipp Petzschner 6-4, 4-6, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3
R4 Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
QF Robin Soderling 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-1
SF Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-4

Who will win Wimbledon's final?

  • Nadal in 4 sets (50%, 2 Votes)
  • Berdych in 4 sets (25%, 1 Votes)
  • Nadal in 3 sets (25%, 1 Votes)
  • Berdych in 3 sets (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Berdych in 5 sets (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Nadal in 5 sets (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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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 Nadal 6-0, 7-5
2007 Wimbledon Grass Nadal 7-6(1), 6-4, 6-2
2008 Miami Hard Nadal 7-6(6), 6-2
2008 Miami Hard Nadal 7-6(6), 6-2
2009 Cincinnati Hard Nadal 6-4, 7-5
2009 Davis Cup final Hard Nadal 7-5, 6-0, 6-2
2010 Indian Wells Hard Nadal 6-4, 7-6(4)

Read the recap of their Davis Cup encounter last year.

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Who will win Wimbledon's final?

  • Nadal in 4 sets (50%, 2 Votes)
  • Berdych in 4 sets (25%, 1 Votes)
  • Nadal in 3 sets (25%, 1 Votes)
  • Berdych in 3 sets (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Berdych in 5 sets (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Nadal in 5 sets (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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