WIMBLEDON, England -- Rafael Nadal swept Tomas Berdych in straight sets Sunday to win his second Wimbledon title and eighth Grand Slam championship.
The top-ranked Spaniard beat the 12th-seeded Czech 6-3, 7-5, 6-4
in 2 hours, 13 minutes to reinforce his current status as the No. 1
player in the game
Nadal broke Berdych four times and never lost serve in 15
service games, extending his record to 5-0 in his last five Grand
It's the second time Nadal has won the French Open and Wimbledon
back-to-back, making the tough transition from clay to grass.
With eight Grand Slam titles, Nadal joins a list of greats that
includes Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and
Ken Rosewall. He also has five French Open championships and one
Australian Open title.
After ripping a crosscourt forehand passing shot on match point,
Nadal collapsed on his back on the turf at the baseline and covered
his face with his hands. After congratulating Berdych, Nadal leaped
out of his chair and did a front somersault on the grass, rising to
his feet with both fists clenched.
Nadal won his first Wimbledon title in 2008, beating Roger
Federer in an epic five-set final after losing to the Swiss star in
the previous two finals.
But Nadal was unable to defend his crown last year because of
tendinitis in his knees, watching on television at home as Federer
took advantage of the Spaniard's absence to win his sixth
"It was probably one of the toughest moments in my career,"
Nadal said after accepting the winner's trophy Sunday from the Duke
of Kent. "A win here was always my dream. I did it two years
Nadal has now won 14 straight matches at the All England Club
and "defended" the title he won in his last appearance here two
"It was amazing for me after a difficult year last year that I
can be here," he said.
Nadal posed with the trophy in the clubhouse next to the green
board with his name already etched as the 2010 winner. He cradled
the trophy under his left arm as he signed autographs outside the
members' entrance, where hundreds of fans gathered to see him.
Nadal is the first Spanish man to win Wimbledon twice. Manolo
Santana took the title in 1966.
"For the Spanish players for the last 40 years it was very
difficult to play here," Nadal said. "We are doing better right
now. We are very satisfied for that."
Nadal beat Berdych for the seventh straight time, a span
covering 17 consecutive sets.
Berdych was playing in his first Grand Slam final and was the
first Czech to reach the Wimbledon final since Ivan Lendl in 1987.
He had beaten top-seeded Federer and No. 3 Novak Djokovic en route
to the final, but couldn't find a way to take out the second-seeded
Nadal as well.
"It was a great two weeks for me," Berdych said. "He was
really strong today. He's showing in the last few months that he's
really the champion and he just deserves to win today."
In a match short on drama and spectacular points, played in
windy conditions, Nadal capitalized on a few weak service games by
Berdych to seize control.
It was typical grass-court Wimbledon tennis, with play dominated
by serves and only a few break points here and there making the
difference. Nadal lost only 24 points on serve.
Nadal played his usual grinding baseline game featuring whippet
forehands. Yet it wasn't a vintage performance from Nadal, who had
21 unforced errors compared to 17 for Berdych. Nadal had 29
winners, two more than the Czech.
But Nadal won all the big points against the 24-year-old Czech,
who was playing in his first Grand Slam final and failed to convert
any of his four break points.
Nadal broke twice in the first set, dropping only four points in
his own four service games. Nadal won five games in a row from 3-2
down in the first set to go up 1-0 in the second.
Berdych's chances may have evaporated in the first game of the
second set, when he failed to convert on three break points. In a
game that lasted about 10 minutes, Nadal overcame two double faults
and four forehand errors.
Berdych will rue his chance on the second break point, when
Nadal hit a relatively weak approach shot and the Czech had plenty
of time to line up a forehand passing shot but slapped the ball
into the net.
Nadal broke Berdych at love in the 12th game to go up two sets
to love. Nadal saved another break point at 1-1 in the third set,
then broke Berdych again in the last game to close out the match.
Rafael Nadal Wins 2nd Wimbledon Title
Rafael Nadal wins Wimbledon title in straight sets (Getty Images)
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