New King of Queen’s

What a final! Rafael Nadal has finally cracked the Queen’s club code and won his first title on grass. 7-6, 7-5 took some time to complete because of some tight, incredible, high level rallies. It was the match of the tournament and one of the best so far this season. Somehow the Nadal-Djokovic rivalry usually is more entertaining than Fed-Nadal. When Nadal and Djokovic meet there are few errors and some stunning rallies and general quality of tennis. Maybe the Wimbledon final will be Nadal-Djokovic. Who knows?!

Going into the final, I had Nadal as a favorite because of his immense fighting abilities and reluctancy to go home empty handed. Djokovic played over any excpectations IMO, but just didn’t get the important points in the breaker and towards the end of the 2nd set. Being up 3-0 in the first probably marked the turning point in the match, in terms of momentum shift. Because from 3-3 or 4-4 it was a battle for every inch, every chalk mark and every serve. The tiebreak was one of the best in a long time and Djokovic, much like in Hamburg and Paris, had the goods, but Nadal came out victorious. Poor guy!

Nadal and Djokovic are now grass integrated and I bet Federer is sweating just a little bit more as he heads for Heathrow. Nadal has not lost since Ferrero in Rome, which wasn’t a real loss, so in reality the final in Miami was the last real loss for him. My only concern about that is getting worn out and tired before the 2nd week in Wimbledon. 

Federer, on the other hand, got his winning streak to 59 on grass and there’s no reason to predict Nadal as the winner of Wimbledon 2008 quite yet. I agree with Roddick, “what does the guy need to do to show that he’s favorite?” Win Wimbledon 5 times in a row? Perfect record since 2002, meaning 59-0 in the last 6!! years!? I say Federer is still a big favorite until proven otherwise. And Djokovic? He will get his chances, but has to settle with #3 favorite for now.  


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