Without having a chance to defend his 2008 Wimbledon title last year, Rafael Nadal made the most of his chances this year and has won the 2010 Wimbledon crown after defeating Tomas Berdych in straight sets Sunday. Nadal, the No.1 ranked player in the game, reinforced this status as he beat the 12th-seeded Czech 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the finals. Nadal was happy to be back at Wimbledon after watching from his home a year ago due to tendinitis in his knee.
“It was probably one of the toughest moments in my career,” Nadal said after accepting the winner’s trophy Sunday from the Duke of Kent. “A win here was always my dream. I did it two years ago.”
The win marks the second time Nadal has won the French Open and Wimbledon back-to-back and he is now 5-0 in his last five Grand Slam finals. He has a total of eight Grand Slam championships now and is included in a list with greats such as Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall. Nadal has also won 14 straight matches at the All England Club and is the first Spanish man to win at Wimbledon twice.
“For the Spanish players for the last 40 years it was very difficult to play here,” Nadal said. “We are doing better right now. We are very satisfied for that.”
For Berdych, he became the first Czech to reach the Wimbledon final since Lendl did it in 1987. He got to the finals by defeating top-ranked Roger Federer and No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic, but Nadal proved to be too much for him on Sunday.
“It was a great two weeks for me,” Berdych said. “He was really strong today. He’s showing in the last few months that he’s really the champion and he just deserves to win today.”
Nadal ended the match with 21 unforced errors compared to 17 for Berdych. Nadal showcased his usual grinding baseline game which proved to work out well. He broke twice in the first set and after being down 3-2, won five straight games to go up 1-0 in the second.
In the first game of the second set, it appeared to be the beginning of the end for Berdych as he failed to convert on three break points. Nadal responded by overcoming two double faults and four forehand errors. All in all, it was a perfect ending for Nadal after not being able to participate last year. He finally got to “defend” his title he won two years ago.
“It was amazing for me after a difficult year last year that I can be here,” he said.