There’s nothing more dangerous than a wounded or cornered tiger and Nadal was a wounded tiger who had been licking his wounds ever since he was diagnosed with acute tendinitis in his knees in 2009. After being out for the most part of 2009 and unable to defend his 2008 Wimbledon crown, Nadal decided that it was time to ration out his appearances in the clay court season this time around. A little bit of rest and recuperation for his much abused knees could do no harm!
He was yet able to sustain the fire and completed a perfect clay court season with an emphatic victory over Robin Soderling in the French Open final. Soderling’s run to the final had been impressive but the phlegmatic Swede simply had no answers to the ferocity of Nadal’s game this time around. Admittedly, Nadal reserved his best for the final but that’s what champions are made of!
Nadal crowned himself king at Roland Garros for the 5th time, his 7th Grand Slam title and in the process regained the no. 1 spot he had lost to Federer last year. It just seems so natural to see Nadal biting into the silverware again at the French Open; it is an image that we have come to associate with Roland Garros over the past 6 years that Federer’s victory last year appears an anachronism! A historic anachronism, though!
Nadal ,though ,seems to be back and with a vengeance! His demolition of Soderling sends the message across very clearly!
Have a great week!