Rafael Nadal admits: 'That Wimbledon final was not good, but I did my best to win'

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Rafael Nadal admits: 'That Wimbledon final was not good, but I did my best to win'

After two heartbreaking losses to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon finals, Rafael Nadal conquered the All England Club in 2008. The Spaniard topped the Swiss in a memorable final for his first Major crown outside Paris, hoping for more of the same in the upcoming years.

Rafa had to skip Wimbledon in 2009 due to an injury and made a strong return in 2010 to lift the second title in the cathedral of tennis in three years. For the first time since 2002, Roger Federer did not make an appearance in the Wimbledon final, losing to Tomas Berdych in the quarters and allowing the Czech to fight for the trophy against Rafa.

Nadal had to work hard in the early rounds to remain on the title course, prevailing over Robin Haase and Philipp Petzschner and playing on a high level against Robin Soderling and Andy Murray to reach the fourth consecutive Wimbledon final.

With his vast experience in notable matches, Rafa was the favorite against Tomas, and he proved that on the court with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 triumph in two hours and 13 minutes for the eighth Major crown at 24! They had a similar number of winners and unforced errors, and Nadal forced over 40 mistakes from his opponent to control the pace and seal the deal in straight sets.

Nadal fended off four break chances and stole the rival's serve four times to extend his Wimbledon run. Rafa said he was nervous before the encounter, knowing he is the favorite and playing solid tennis to earn the trophy after better performance in the shortest range up to four strokes.

Rafael Nadal shared thoughts about the 2010 Wimbledon final.

After six comfortable holds on both sides, Nadal drew first blood with a break at 15 in game seven and earned another at 5-3 for the most reliable start. Serving at 5-6 in set number two, Berdych sprayed a forehand error to suffer a break at love, falling two sets to love behind and pushing Rafa closer to the finish line.

Returning at 5-4 in the third, the Spaniard placed a perfect forehand crosscourt winner to grab a break and celebrate the title, an emotional one after skipping Wimbledon in the previous year. "I was very nervous before stepping on the court in the final.

Tomas was very prepared and, although I knew he is a great player, I felt I was the favorite. I knew that if I played well, I would win that final. That generated the pre-match tension for me. It was not an excellent encounter, far from it, but I did what I had to in the pivotal moments.

I took advantage of my opportunities, playing solid tennis and never losing serve. I made no mistakes, and that's what I had to do on that day. Also, I was more experienced in those kinds of matches, which also helped me," Rafael Nadal said.