Rafael Nadal wins his sixth French Open title and 10th slam overall.
For those who know me, I may just be a teensy weensy bit obsessed with tennis. A large part of that has to do with my all-time favorite player: Rafael Nadal.
Although I realize that this is primarily a movie/tv show news and review site, I may from time to time toss in a post on Nadal if he wins something big.
For those of you who may not follow tennis, but still feel like they want to continue reading this post, there are four major tournaments(slams) in a calendar year. First is The Australian Open in February, then Roland Garros in late May-early June, Wimbledon a few weeks later and The U.S. Open in late August-early September.
At just 25 years old, which is still quite young for a tennis player, Nadal has already managed to win 10 majors for his career with his win Sunday. It’s only fitting that he defeated his great friend and fiercest rival in Roger Federer who at almost 30 years old has the record for most majors in a career at 16. Nadal however is nearly 5 years younger, and with plenty of tennis left in him, can make a run at Federer’s record.
With 6 title as Roland Garros, 2 at Wimbledon, and one apiece at both The Australian Open and The U.S. Open, Nadal has already completed the rare and vaunted Career Slam by winning all four major titles. It’s quite an accomplishment.
Now with 6 at Roland Garros, Nadal has tied the Angelic Assassin Bjorn Bjorg who played in the 70’s and early 80’s for the most titles there. Given his young age and pure dominance on that clay court(45-1) it’s almost insane to believe that Nadal will never win another title there.
There will be those who continue to doubt his ability to stay injury free and win enough to catch up to Federer and that may in the end be true. However he’s still one of the greatest players to ever walk on a court.
Here is a video of some of his best shots from last year’s U.S. Open final which he won.