Nadal Wins Wimbelton, Federer Falling

07.05.10 8 years ago

While you were getting hammered, indulging in delicious barbecue, and doing other American things, the Wimbledon final was getting played out across the pond. 2nd ranked Rafael Nadal beat 12th ranked Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to seal the victory. I have no idea what those numbers mean. Could they be the number of homoerotic grunts each player made each set, perhaps? Probably not, but I have absoloutly no interest in knowing.

And when it ended, Nadal marked his victory with a celebratory somersault. That endless energy, and so many superb strokes, allowed the No. 2-seeded Nadal to outclass No. 12 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 Sunday for his second Wimbledon trophy and eighth Grand Slam title overall.

Sunday’s contest was hardly a classic. More like a coronation — or, at the very least, confirmation that Nadal is elbowing his way into any conversation about the best players in tennis history. His eight titles at major tournaments pushes him past John McEnroe and ties Nadal with quite a heady group that includes Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl. –ESPN

Another of those players in the conversation for best player in tennis history is Roger Federer. But, his time in England was disappointing. The 16-time grand slam champion fell to number three in the ATP rankings. That will give Roger some food for thought while he’s diving into his Scrooge McDuck-esque money locker.

Roger Federer has fallen to No3 in the ATP world rankings for the first time since November 2003.

The 16-time grand slam champion’s quarter-final loss at Wimbledon, following seven consecutive appearances in the final, dropped him one spot. He now trails Rafael Nadal, who won the tournament yesterday, and the new No2 Novak Djokovic.

Federer was No1 earlier this season but was overtaken by Nadal on 7 June, after the French Open, which Nadal also won. Federer lost in the quarter-finals there, too. –

I feel like it’s a little premature (/muffled laughing) to drop Roger down after two losses in major quarter-final matches. Last time I checked, the quarter-final means that there are eight people left, and that making it to the quarter-final means you finished in the top eight. Too bad Federer moving back a couple spots won’t make tennis anymore exciting. You know what would make tennis more exciting? Hot girls fighting between sets. Tennis fans would probably complain about a lack of “manners” or “dignity,” but they’re tennis fans, so who cares?

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