Nadal vs. Djokovic-A Rivalry For the Ages
Djokovic took on #5 seed Jo Wilfred-Tsonga and then legendary #3 seed Roger Federer in the quarters and semis. He easily made his way through those matches. It was surprising to see how quickly the Djoker made Federer look like an average player. Roger was hitting balls out of bounds, into the stands-looked as bad as I have ever seen him.
And then there was Nadal. Rafa did not lose ONE SET the entire tournament until the finals. Both men had so much on the line this year. Djokovic shooting for the first calendar grand slam in 43 years and Rafa trying to win a record 7th French Open championships. Rafa looked unbeatable the entire tournament. And remained unbeatable. While Djokovic did take a set, Rafa took the French Open Championship for the seventh time, leaving Djokovic to wonder when he will finally be able to capture the one Grand Slam that continues to elude him. Rafa remains the King of Clay.
But how will that bode for him at Wimbledon? Will Federer actually show up and play consistently amazing tennis? And will Rafa be able to beat Djokovic on the quick grass surface? It is unlikely that Federer can beat either Djokovic or Nadal at Wimbledon without playing perfect tennis. But both Djokovic and Nadal are playing great tennis. Will Rafa's clay court domination transfer to grass? Will "The Djoker" be able to continue his absolute domination of Men's Tennis? I sure hope so. There is no one who is more fun to watch play that Nadal-except maybe Djokovic. They are both incredibly intense, involved, emotional. physical and exciting. A rivalry that I hope to watch for many years to come.