LONDON ENGLAND - JULY 04: Rafael Nadal of Spain serves during the Men's Singles Final match against Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4 2010 in London England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal Defeats Tomas Berdych In Straight Sets To Win Men's Singles At Wimbledon

Breaking down the 2010 Wimbledon Gentlemen's Singles Final Between No. 12 Tomas Berdych and No. 2 Rafael Nadal.

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Wimbledon Final: Rafael Nadal Beats Tomas In Straight Sets For Second Wimbledon Title

No. 2 Rafael Nadal has defeated No. 12 Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to win the Wimbledon 2010 Gentlemen’s Singles Championship.

The third set rolled along much as the first two had. Berdych played extremely well, and had a break point at 1-1. But Nadal staved it off, and nine straight holds made it look like a tiebreak was inevitable.

But once again, Nadal struck late in the set. After facing a game point at 4-5, and after facing a game point, won three straight points to take the match, finishing it with a trademark running forehand cross-court passing shot.
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Nadal broke in the last game of all three sets.

Nadal celebrated his eighth career grand slam title by falling to his back in joy, and after the handshake celebrated some more with a somersault.

The win secures Nadal’s place at the top of the rankings through the US Open, and will likely soon ensure his spot as year-end No. 1 as well.

Now is the time for Nadal to celebrate, surely, but fairly soon he will have to figure out what sort of schedule he’s going to play on American hard courts this summer to give himself the best possible chance of staying fresh and injury-free. Will he skip Toronto or Cincinnati for the first time? Will definitely be interesting to see how his new-found confidence plays out against his recently acquired moderation.

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Wimbledon Final: No. 2 Rafael Nadal Wins Second Set 7-5, Leads Two Sets To None Over No. 12 Tomas Berdych

There’s a saying in tennis that 7-5 sets are always mental, and this one certainly seemed to be that way.

After 11 straight holds, Tomas Berdych completely folded in the twelfth game of the second set. Serving at 5-6 to force a tiebreaker, Berdych couldn’t win a set, with wild unforced errors off his normally dominant forehand proving to be his undoing.

Rafael Nadal is now only one set away from a second Wimbledon title.

No one has ever beaten him from two sets down at a grand slam.

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Wimbledon Final: Rafael Nadal Wins Four Straight Games To Take First Set, 6-3

After six straight holds to open the match, Rafael Nadal broke Tomas Berdych in consecutive service games to take the first set 6-3.

Berdych came out of the gate serving extremely well, but nerves seemed to creep into his game late in the set, perhaps when the enormity of this stage sunk in.

If Nadal gets off to a fast start in the second, this one could be over fast.

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