Rafa and Novak went toe to toe again yesterday, and the Queen’s final was far more competitive than Nadal’s walk in the park in Paris.
I continue to be impressed with how Rafa’s grass court game has developed. He looks good, real good, and is of course already being talked up as a dead cert to win Wimbledon. (As Gototennis says, show Federer some respect!). But I still feel that on grass Nadal hasn’t quite got the edge over the rest of the tour that he enjoys on clay.
Sure he won yesterday but it was a close run thing. Djokovic had his chances in both sets, with Rafa eventually shading it in a first set tie break, and then breaking back at 4 – 5 down when Djoko was serving for the second set, before going onto wrap up and the set and the match 7-5.
So respect to Rafa, but also to Djoko – this two set final lasted longer and was more of a contest than the 3 set final in Paris. And I think Djokovic will come away thinking that if there is a rematch at SW19 in the final or semi, he will be more than capable of winning it.
UPDATE: Highlights now below, including the amazing diving winner from Rafa.