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Not so long ago Nadal was considered a clay-court specialist but after his showing on Monday morning, Nadal is becoming a more complete player with each passing year.
Nadal forced Federer to play the fifth set at Wimbledon for the first time in six years. That shows how much Nadal has narrowed the gap between him and Federer. On the other hand Federer failed to push Nadal to the fifth set at the French Open and so maybe the tide is in Nadal's favour.
However, the fact that Federer rarely plays the fifth deciding set at grand slams when he wins also shows that Federer is very good and is a class act but he should be aware that now there is a challenger looming.
With this win Federer equaled Bjorn Borg's record of five consecutive Wimbledon titles and there is a good chance he can create a record next year by winning the sixth consecutive crown at the All England Club and only one player can stop him and that is Nadal. That should be interesting.
Turning to women's final, it was good to see a better and competitive women's grand slam final this time and Marion Bartoli played quite well in the first set before fizzling out in the second as she lost to Venus Williams. I think Bartoli did quite well for a player who had never been to the semi-finals of a grand slam.
At the start of the championship I never thought Williams would go that far but she managed to improve her form on her way to the final after a shaky start.
The last grand slam event of the year will be the US Open and that should be very interesting for both men and women's tennis.
Safin is talented but I doubt his commitment to a full time schedule, Roddick and Hewitt lack variety in their games.......so we will have to wait for the promising youngsters to mature, and by that time Roger will have broken all records...it will be him in all finals....i just have to sit back and wait for the French Open
Good to see the competition in women's tennis...now that the prize money is the same, perhaps the rules will be the same as well...like best of five
But the US Open should be fascinating because Nadal has never gone beyond the quarter-finals of that tournament and therefore if he has really closed the gap between himself and Federer then he should challenge him at a tournament where the surface is a bit faster.