Rafael Nadal wins the Italian Open for the 7thtime, defeating Roger Federer 6-1 6-3. Rafa improves to 20-10 lifetime versus Roger, and in particular he has dominated the Swiss on clay 13-2.The lopsided nature of the score was a product of Nadal playing at a high level and Roger having a bad day at the office, spraying 32 unforced errors in 2 sets.
Since his return from a 7 month absence due to a knee injury, Nadal has been lights out. His comeback has been Adrian Peterson like. All he has done is play in 8 tournaments, reaching the final in all 8, and winning 6!!!!! His record thus far is 38-2. Not Bad.
The big question is, can he capture the French Open for the 8thtime? I’m not so sure. I still think Novak Djokovic has the upper hand on him. Novak is really the only player currently with the game and confidence to defeat Rafa on red clay. Since Rafa’s comeback, they have only played once, in Monte Carlo, and Novak beat him in straight sets. Nadal had never lost on that court, so psychologically, Novak has the edge. I still don’t think, despite all his recent success, that Nadal is back to the level he was last year before the injury, when he beat Djokovic 3 consecutive times, including the French Open final.But will Novak slip up early, like he did in Madrid and Italy? The entire tennis world would love to see a Djokovic-Nadal final in Paris, lets hope it comes to fruition. See you on the courts...I’ll be the fat guy grunting...
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