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Nadal rules at Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in the French Open final to win the clay grand slam for the third consecutive time and maintain his unbeaten run at Roland Garros.

Nadal showed everybody why he is impossible to beat at Roland Garros playing so well that even Federer as good as he is could not find a way past him.

I think Federer started poorly especially with his first serve and that I think contributed largely in him losing the first set. Also I thought he let so many break points go by and you simply can't do that against Nadal.

Federer went on to win the second set and that was the only time Nadal had dropped a set at the tournament but Nadal came back in the third and from there on there could only be one winner.

Federer is not that bad on clay but I think it is just that Nadal is just far much better on that surface. He seems to have so much energy and he has the ability to chase every ball and when he returns the ball he returns it with so much force and precision that his opponents can only look.

I think Federer really liked the French Open this time because that would have meant that he would have held all the four grand slams at the same time having won Wimbledon, the US and Australian titles but Nadal ensured he maintained his own record of being unbeaten at Roland Garros.

Looking forward to next year, if Nadal continues to play as he is doing then he could win a record fourth consecutive title because this year nobody really troubled him at Roland Garros.

I actually don't know how much the loss in the Hamburg final made Nadal even more determined to play better at Roland Garros but he seemed to me like a man on a mission.

The women's final turned out to be more or less one sided like the Australian Open one with Justine Henin easily beating Ana Ivanovic. Ivanovic didn't look like the same player who had convincingly beaten Maria Sharapova in the semis and Henin made sure he quickly got her third consecutive French Open title.

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