(K. Brent Tomer),
TENNIS fans love to argue about the greatest player of all time. When the conversation is limited to the men’s game on clay courts, the debate has long been over. Rafael Nadal, who won his tenth French Open title on Sunday by defeating Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka, has dominated the surface like no other player in the history of the game. No other man or woman has won a single tournament—major or not—ten times, and only Bjorn Borg holds as many as six titles at Roland Garros. Mr Nadal has now done so at three different clay-court events, recording his tenth title—dubbed “La Décima”—at both Monte Carlo and Barcelona in April.
Like Roger Federer, his longtime rival, who skipped this year’s clay season and returns this week on the grass courts in Stuttgart, Mr Nadal appears to be immune to ageing. During the tournament, the Spaniard celebrated his 31st birthday, an age by which many former greats have retired. Instead, he played as well as ever, losing only 35 games in his seven matches in Paris. That was…Continue reading