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As dominant as Serena Williams looked in the women’s final on Saturday, Rafael Nadal was all of that and more when he captured his second Wimbledon title in straight sets on Sunday. The Spaniard’s aggressive style and skill was too much to overcome for the 12-seeded Tomas Berdych. Sunday’s win gives Nadal 8 Grand Slam titles, landing him in a sixth place tie with legends such as Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors, and Ken Rosewall.

Much like Serena’s performance in the women’s final, Nadal refused to let his serve be broken. On the other hand, he was able to break Berdych four times. The first set was tied 3-3 before Nadal recorded his first break of the match. After taking the 4-3 lead, Nadal never looked back. He went on to quickly win the next two games and jump out to an early 1-0 set advantage.

The second set began with a 10-minute game in which the Czech attempted to break Nadal’s serve. Berdych was able to get 3 break points, but they were all saved by Nadal. Rafael didn’t seem to have the same problems, as he was able to get six points off of Berdych’s second serve, including a successful break. Berdych missed a forehand at 6-5 to hand Nadal a two-set lead, a seemingly insurmountable deficit against the world’s top ranked player.

Though Berdych was able to find success with his serve in the third set, the outcome was till the same. He tried mixing up the angles, speeds, and power levels on his shots – only to have them fly back past him as winners from Nadal. Down 5-4 in the third, Berdych was broken once again to give Nadal a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 victor in the final.

Nadal’s 8 Grand Slam victories put him at the half-way-to-Federer mark. For the second time, he’s won the French Open and Wimbledon back-to-back. Prior to he and Federer accomplishing this feat the last three years, no player had done it since Bjorn Borg in 1980. Next up for Rafa is the U.S. Open, the Grand Slam event he has never won. That tournament kicks off in late August.

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