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Vamos Rafa!
Well it wasn't the greatest match I've seen, certainly not a patch on the last three years.

Neither player was at his best, both played better in quarters and semis. Tomas was clearly nervous and Rafa was to an extent too. There were some stupendous points and shots from both of them that had you wondering how they made them. Tomas ran down and reached so many balls that most players wouldn't get to - helped by his huge wing span - and Rafa hit shots you thought were impossible. But I've seen better matches at Wimbledon this year; the Rafa vs. Murray semi was better.

That said Rafa kept his level up; he played the big points well and took his chances when given them. Berdych had the odd chance to break Rafa's serve, but couldn't take them; not that he really blew them, Rafa just upped his game on most of those points.

So a straight sets win 6:3, 7:5, 6:4. Fairly straightforward over all. Thankfully, on the final point, Rafa won it. Berdych was serving, faulted and I really feared he'd serve a double fault, never a good way to win a match. But he didn't and in the end it was fitting that Rafa won it with a forehand.

And both men had a second opponent on court this year, a very strong, gusty and swirly wind - it played a part at times.

And for the second time Rafa does the 'double': French Open and then Wimbledon. It hadn't been done since Borg did it then we get it done there years running. Rafa in 2008 and this year, Roger last year.

Some great points, some wonderful shots, some audacious shots. But certainly not classic. But the better player did win.

And I'm happy; 'my' man won and as anyone who has read these waffles over the last two weeks will know, at more than one point I honestly didn't think he'd get to the quarters/semis, let alone to the final and win it.


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plutos_revenge From: plutos_revenge Date: 4th July 2010 16:23 (UTC) (Link)

Very pleased for the man himself and for you! Last year was crappy for Rafa so it's lovely to see him back on form.

I was pretty disappointed with the match itself; once Rafa had that first break there was only going to be one winner which took the excitement out of it for me. And no, neither player played like they had done in last two matches. Understandable to a point but it does go to show just how high quality the last 3 have been

Murray is now actually 2nd fave for the US behind Fed btw. I believe part of the reason Rafa's not playing the France DC cup tie is to focus on coming into the hardcourt season a little fitter than recent years to aim for the US Open. Which frankly should scare the other players!

Er, what did we do before the tennis summer season kicked in? *thinks back to early May...*
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 4th July 2010 16:29 (UTC) (Link)
*Joins in bouncing*

Aww, thank you *Hugs* Indeed it was, physically and emotionally. So wonderful to see back on form.

I know what you mean, it was pretty much determined by the first set. Oh, indeed. And to have three such wonderful finals in a row is rare.

Is he now? I'm not surprised to hear that about Rafa; he'd clearly love to do the career slam. It should indeed! I don't think, however, he'll win it this year.

Ummm, I'm not actually sure, we must have done something. *Ponders* *g*

Will probably do a final post tomorrow a round-up, plus we do still have the XD.
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