‘Aggressive’ Rafael Nadal Takes Wimbledon


Spain’s Rafael Nadal defeated Czech Tomas Berdych 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 this morning in two hours and thirteen minutes, claiming his second Wimbledon men’s singles crown. It is the eighth grand slam victory for the tennis player, who won Wimbledon in 2008 but sat out last year owing to injury. “To have my hands on this trophy again is more than a dream for me,” Nadal told BBC Sport. By the Times’ account, “Nadal slung groundstrokes, grunted and twisted his face into all the usual contortions. He looked normal, only he was different, more vicious, more aggressive, perhaps an improved version of the player who won this tournament in 2008.” The win secures Nadal’s spot as the world’s number one tennis player, followed by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. [CNN, NYT]

Previously: Serena Williams Wins Wimbledon