Rafael Nadal Clinches Wimbledon Title
World no.1 Rafael Nadal of Spain brought to a squelching halt Czech Tomas Berdych‘s string of upsets to win his second Wimbledon title on Sunday. Nadal, the second seed, trounced 12th seed Berdych in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, for his eighth Grand Slam title and second in three years at the All England Club.
Nadal, who defeated Roger Federer in the 2008 final, never allowed Berdych to break any of his 15 service games en route to the convincing victory. On the other hand, Berdych failed to produce the same brilliance that made pundits think he was capable of bringing down the top three players in the world in a single tournament after dispatching of no. 2 Federer and no.3 Novak Djokovic in succession in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.
The victory was extra special for Nadal as he now joins a list of eight-time Grand Slam winners that include Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry, and Ken Rosewall.