Nadal vs. Djokovic-A Rivalry For the Ages

6/13/12 in Tennis   |   Fishchick17   |   36 respect

June 11, 2012; Paris, FRANCE; Novak Djokovic (SRB), left, and Rafael Nadal (ESP) greet each other after receiving their awards after the men's singles finals of the 2012 French Open at Roland Garros.  Nadal won 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-US PRESSWIREThe French Open Men's final was the final we were all hoping to see Rafa-Djokovic. Typically, at the French, a lesser known player makes it through the field fairly far into the second week if not the final. I can only assume that most fans, even tennis fans like myself had never heard of Sara Errani, Women's Runner-up. But not this year.

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. 
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7/5/12   |   QCao009   |   1 respect

Who's grunting now?