Nadal and Sharapova crowned champions
Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova have won the French Open.
The pair deservedly won their respective tournaments with absolute ease.
I don’t think Roland Garros has actually seen a competition which has been so dominated by a single player in both the men’s and women’s draws.
Sharapova won the women’s competition yesterday, easily brushing Errani aside 6-4 6-4.
I think what’s more special about Sharapova winning this competition, rather than anybody else, is because of the struggles she’s gone through over the past years.
Dropping out of the top 100 in the world following a massive career-threatening shoulder injury, and struggling to get back into a winning rhythm and then coming back to win that elusive fourth Grand Slam, is utterly inspirational.
She was built up to become the best female tennis player ever when she won Wimbledon at 17-years-old, reaching world no.1 and dominating for a couple of years, but then disaster struck and she kind of petered out, as you would expect, leaving the door wide open for players like Azarenka, Wozniaki and Radwanska to take advantage.
In a sporting context, if anybody ever comes to you and says: “I can’t do it” or: “it’s just too hard”, then tell them about how Sharapova worked all day every day to get good enough and win every grand slam, battle back from injury and reclaiming her world no.1 title.
Nadal dominated the whole of the men’s draw since the opening day.
But I’m sure he didn’t win the title in the way he would have liked, a double fault from Djokovic handed the championship to Nadal.
Nadal hadn’t dropped a set, and had only been broken once, in all of his games before the final; a testament to his focus and overall game.
Unfortunately, we had to wait for a second day in the men’s final, because of the rain, and even though the game was wrapped up relatively quickly, there were still some annoying stop-start rain delays.
These delays first worked in favour of Djokovic when Nadal was gaining momentum, and then in favour of Nadal when Djokovic had to come out and serve after a delay, ruining his rhythm.
Even though he is far from my favourite player, you can’t argue that Nadal wholly deserved the title. He dominated the whole competition from the opening serve and never looked back, and he’s broken a record too.
The first player since Bjorn Borg to hold all four titles.
What an achievement, and now there are only three players left who have won more Grand Slams than him: Federer, Samprass and Emerson. It shouldn’t be too difficult for a man in his mid 20s to surpass those numbers in the coming years.
But now, it’s on to Wimbledon.