WOW! That was the best match I have EVER seen. Either man could have won but Nadal prevailed and has finally won an Major other than the French.
If you did not see this match, then somehow find a way to get a copy. It was epic.
At this point, even though I am a huge Federer fan, I feel Nadal will beat him to the career Grand Slam and within 2 to 3 years, he will get the real Grand Slam. This is a loss that could haunt Federer for the rest of his career and one that will launch Nadal to #1 and widen the gap between him and Federer.
The only thing that could hold Nadal back from utter dominance is complacency.
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Wpob I agree with you wholeheartedly. I was rooting for Nadal and he must be the most mentally tough athlete not named Tiger Woods. Up two sets to love, I thought this was close to being a repeat of Roland Garos. Turns out Roger Federer showed me what a champion is. Every time Nadal was up 15-40 on Federer's serve, you could count on an ace coming. It got to be downright silly. Federer flat out imposed his will on Nadal time and time again and Nadal did not crack. This was flat out incredible and I can't wait for them to hook up next year. I hope that he develops a championship level hard court game. I really could enjoy watching these two play four times a year for the next several years.
Perhaps even better than the match was the pure class shown afterwards from both Nadal and Federer towards each other, and John McEnroe's exclamation that it was an honour just to have watched that match.
I'll tell you what, I'm pulling hard for Federer at the U.S. Open. A talent like that can't go a year without winning a Slam event.
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After the missed short putt at 16, I really expected Stevie Williams to help set Adam straight. Stevie has undoubtedly helped Tiger's mental game over the years, so I hoped he could do the same with Adam in a pressure-based scenario.