The 24-year-old Berdych of the Czech Republic was playing in his 1st Grand Slam singles final and for the eleventh time against the World No.1. The 1.96m Berdych won the toss and elected to serve and barely lost a point on serve in his 1st 3 service games. Berdych served the 7th game of the 1st set, which is the final game before the old balls are changed for new balls.
In a replica of how the 1st break point was converted in the 1st set of the Women’s Singles Final, the defending champion hit a huge forehand passing shot down the line on the full run to bring up triple break point (0-40). Berdych saved one break point but Nadal attacked the Berdych serve with his backhand return driving it cross court into his opponent’s forehand corner of the court. Berdych got a racquet on the ball but could not keep it in play.
Nadal served to consolidate the break of serve and held to love to move ahead 5-3. Nadal raced to 15-40 to hold 2 set points against the Berdych serve, before being aced by a swinging slice serve out past his backhand return. But converted his 2nd of 4 break point opportunities in the 1st set to claim the 1st set 6-3 in 34 minutes. Both players hit 9 winners and 3 unforced errors.
The 24-year-old Nadal moved to 8-3 against Berdych in their head to head battles by winning the most important match they have played against each other. The 1.85m Spaniard converted his 1st championship point to win 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in 2 hours and 13 minutes to claim his 7th win in a row against Berdych and all without losing a set.
Nadal is pictured above getting into position to launch himself at the ball during his service action. Nadal is serving up to the rest of the world and has now won 31 of his past 32 matches to dominate the last 2 months on the ATP Tour.
Nadal moved into equal 6th place on the all time Grand Slam singles titles list with his 8th Grand Slam title, he joins Fred Perry (1933-1936), Ken Rosewall (1956-72), Jimmy Connors (1974-83), Ivan Lendl (1984-90) and Andre Agassi (1992-2003). Nadal won 1 million pounds sterling, earned 2,000 ATP ranking points and won his 2nd Wimbledon singles title.
Berdych won 500,000 pounds sterling, earned 1,400 ATP ranking points and gained a lot of respect for performing so well under pressure in order to achieve his career best result in a Grand Slam tournament. Berdych also achieved a new career high ranking of No.8.
Nadal provided an especially important tip that will give you an Advantage next time you step OnCourt:
When Nadal was asked whether her expected a different or tougher match from Andy Murray in the semi finals, the World No.1 said, “I cannot say the same because I don’t expect nothing before the match. I expect play my best in every point and try to fight every point like the last. I don’t think if I gonna have a very difficult match, I gonna lose, I gonna win. I don’t think about this. I just think about try to go on court and try to fight every point and play point by point. Not thinking any more of the next point.”
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