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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Once again, future number 2 Novak Djokovic missed a big opportunity to qualify for a Grand Slam final. Like in Roland Garros, he benefited from an easy draw, but disappointed in the last rounds of the tournament. Berdych was simply better in every area of the game, and won in straight sets 6-3 7-6 6-3.

We always knew he was talented but so inconsistent. It seems that everything changed this year: he stunned Roger Federer in Miami and lost the final to Andy Roddick. He also reached Roland Garros semifinals last month after wins over John Isner, Andy Murray and Mikhail Youznhy.
It will be Tomas first Grand Slam final who became the first Czech player to reach the men’s final at the All England Club since Ivan Lendl in 1987, who was defeated by Pat Cash. The only Czech to win the men’s title was Jan Kodes in 1973.
Berdych’s opponent in final is Rafael Nadal, who also qualified in straight sets 6-4 7-6-4 over Brit hero Andy Murray.
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Nadal was again a huge part of Spain’s Davis Cup title in 2008, with 2 victories against the United States in the semifinals. But he missed the finals against Argentina due to knee injury. In the absence of world number one Nadal, Ferrer, Lopez and Verdasco upset the title favorites and captured Spain’s third Davis Cup.

In 2009, Spain defeated Serbia, Germany and Israel en route to the final, where they faced Czech Republic at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. And this time, Nadal was part of the team.

Palau Sant Jordi:

Palau Sant Jordi

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