On his 22nd Birthday Nadal gave himself and the rest of the tennis
world a present - a demonstration of near perfect, ruthless and brutal
He crushed Almagro 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 a stunning result and an incredible
scoreline. No, a frightening scoreline.
This wasn't a case of a champion playing a hopelessly outclassed wild
card in the first round.
It was a Grand Slam quarter final against the in-form clay court
player. Almagro has won more games on clay this year than anyone else
on the tour.
And yet he was completely overwhelmed. It wasn't as if Almagro played
that badly. Sure, there were too many mistakes, but even when he
conjured up what should have been outright winners, Rafa got them back.
I've felt for some time this could be Fed's year but on the basis of
the past few days the Swiss maestro must be hoping that Nadal is going
to have another outbreak of blisters.