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WIMBLEDON, England – Imagine you arrive at the gates of heaven and are told that
you can return to Earth for a second chance, but only if a tennis player of your
choice is able to overcome a divine representative in a best-of-five
Who would you take? I would go with Rafael Nadal.
not end his career as the greatest player of all time, and thanks to Roger
Federer, he will probably not even be remembered as the best player of his
However, he is the one player I’d want to fight for my
For sheer entertainment, Federer is surely better value. If it’s
serving you are after, then Pete Sampras should be your man.
aspect of the game you could likely find a better candidate, and that’s
without mentioning such past greats as Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg and John
But when it comes down to it, I’d want Nadal on my
Even after adding an eighth Grand Slam title to his name by
dismantling Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon final on Sunday afternoon,
a long way to go before becoming the greatest champion the game has
However, he is unquestionably its fiercest competitor.
not only seems to be entirely fearless, but he scares the hell out of
every opponent he faces.
When at his best, even the godly could well
struggle to keep pace with his relentless intensity.
attitude, combined with the fact that his game simply has no real
make him the last man you would want to see across the net.
difficult to predict what Nadal will go on to achieve in the rest of his
He has only just turned 24, but he has been coping with the
rigors of being one of the world’s best players for five years now, and
struggled desperately with his knees time and again, even missing
year because of the injury.
But as long as he’s healthy, his passion for
winning will ensure he continues to claim Grand Slam titles on a regular
After all, Nadal plays every point as if he’s fighting for his own
life. And that is really all you can ask for.