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Nadal's record and Vesnina's triumph with Makarova


Dividing both people in general and athletes in particular into two or three categories is like dividing the world into black and white. The colors of the world are actually much more diverse. The world of sports, including tennis, is much more diverse. You can, of course, break all tennis players into talents and hard workers, but this division will be very, very conditional. It is clear that talent alone, without making any effort, will not make your way to the top - just as the most hard labor will not bring a tennis player who has no talent to the top. But even leaving this detail aside, it is still unclear to which camp to include, say, Stanislas Wawrinka, Marina Chilich and many others.

Men. Singles. Final .
Rafael Nadal (Spain, 3) - David Ferrer (Spain, 4) - 6: 3, 6: 2, 6: 3.

Women. Doubles. Final .
Elena Vesnina / Ekaterina Makarova (Russia, 4) - Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci (Italy, 1) - Nadezhda Petrova / Katarina Srebotnik (Russia / Slovenia, 3) - 7: 5, 6: 2.

However, in the confrontation between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer , it is not difficult to single out who is more suitable for each of these categories. This, again, does not mean at all that Nadal works little in training, by no means. Rafael plows there, most likely, more than very, very many - but he also got an abundance of talent. Perhaps we will never see another tennis player who is able to get the balls that Nadal often gets, and, in addition, punch through them; a tennis player who knows how to put such a strong spin in his blows, and, finally, a tennis player who can withstand four-hour marathons and recover from them in a day and a half. Of course, this is also partly the result of many hours of training, but in many ways it was given to the Spaniard by nature.

David, on the other hand, was much less talented. He, like, say, Nikolai Davydenko , achieved everything with his work. Nobody expected a breakthrough from Ferrer, he was not a promising junior, he was not considered a rising star ... He entered the first hundred only at 20, and in the top 20 at 23. In the top ten, the Spaniard spent the first time any significant period of time when he was over 25 years old, and his current stay in the top 10 lasts since October 2010, that is, from the moment when David was already 28 and a half years old. At the same time, last season was the best in his career. He reached the semi-finals for the first time in two Grand Slam tournaments in one year (Roland Garros and the US Open), showed his best result at Wimbledon, making his way to the quarterfinals on the most uncomfortable surface, and won seven ATP titles, more than breaking his record (three per year). The last trophy David won was the Masters in Paris, which deprived him of the not-so-pleasant title of the only player in the top 5 without Masters in the asset.


Now Ferrer would stopand a tennis player who did not have a single prize from Grand Slam tournaments - at least a consolation trophy was guaranteed to him. It took David 42 attempts to reach the final of the Slam - more than any of the finalists in the Open Era. In addition, as noted, he became the third oldest debut finalist after Nicky Pilic and Andres Gimeno . However, Ferrer still had very little chances against the seven-time champion of the tournament, who was going for the record for the number of titles on one Helmet, if only because David does not have a weapon that more or less stably works against Raphael on the ground. On hard, the score of their personal meetings is equal (3: 3), but on the sand Nadal leads with an overwhelming advantage - 16: 1. At the same time, David won the only victory in their first fight, in Stuttgart-2004. Since then, Ferrer has repeatedly imposed a struggle on his opponent, but in the endings, when it was necessary to add a little and put the squeeze on Nadal, he constantly gave up the slack and eventually lost. Their recent match in the Madrid quarterfinals is also indicative in this regard. There David was leading with a score of 6: 4, 6: 5 and was two goals away from victory - but he made a tactical mistake, breaking through from halfcourt to the racket of an opponent, lost a point and as a result did not take a single game (6: 4, 6: 7 , 0: 6).

All titles of Rafael Nadal (57):
2013 - Roland Garros, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Indian Wells, Acapulco, Sao Paulo; 2012 - Roland Garros, Rome, Barcelona, ​​Monte Carlo; 2011 - Roland Garros, Barcelona, ​​Monte Carlo; 2010 - Tokyo, US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Madrid, Rome, Monte Carlo; 2009 - Rome, Barcelona, ​​Monte Carlo, Indian Wells, Australian Open; 2008 - Olympics, Toronto, Wimbledon, London, Roland Garros, Hamburg, Barcelona, ​​Monte Carlo; 2007 - Roland Garros; Stuttgart, Rome, Barcelona, ​​Monte Carlo, Indian Wells; 2006 - Roland Garros, Rome, Barcelona, ​​Monte Carlo, Dubai; 2005 - Madrid, Beijing, Montreal, Stuttgart, Bostad, Roland Garros, Rome, Barcelona, ​​Monte Carlo, Acapulco, Costa do Saupe; 2004 - Sopot.


Ferrer confidently played the starting game of the finals, taking the serve under zero, but already when the score was 1: 1, he began to rush, made several mistakes and allowed Nadal to lead the story with a break. True, Rafael followed up with a couple of inaccurate shots and lost his serve - however, the nature of the mistakes of the two Spaniards was different. Nadal was mostly mistaken when he risked, attacked, and Ferrer's hand began to tremble at important moments, as they say, and he allowed an unusual marriage. Throughout this tournament, David looked like an impenetrable, iron man who methodically crushed one opponent after another. But, finding himself on the same court with Raphael, he, as usual, lost most of his impeccability and equanimity, becoming more of a helpless victim, not knowing what to do with his opponent.

As a result, the struggle in each of the parties to nora, until the time was, but no more. In the first set, David took the lead with a score of 3: 2, but after that he did not win a single game. The second game took shape a little differently - Nadal played a break point in the starting game and quickly went into the lead - 3: 0. In Paris, meanwhile, it began to rain (however, too light to cause a break in the final), and the tennis players exchanged protracted games saved from break points. After Rafael took the lead with a score of 5: 1, apparently, a fan who got here straight from a football match with a lit fire, which was quickly twisted by the guards, broke into the court. Nadal seemed to be distracted by this and lost the serve, but David, in return, gave two doubles and allowed the opponent to break under zero.

Ferrer tried to do something in the third game, but everyone was it is clear that he has no chance of recouping - and, most importantly, this was probably obvious to David himself. Yes, he evened the score after 0: 2 at the start of the set, and in the seventh game he even earned a break point - but he missed not the most difficult blow from the forehand, and ended the next game with a double mistake. The worst ending of the games on their serve, perhaps, could not be imagined. After that, Nadal could only apply for the match, which he did, winning his 12th title in the Grand Slam tournaments. Thus, before the result of Pete Sampras he has only two Helmets, and before Roger Federer , at the moment - five.

Note that the Musketeers Cup Rafael was presented by the six-time Olympic champion - Usain Bolt. By the way, despite the victory, Nadal will drop to fifth place on Monday, as Ferrer scored more points on this Roland Garros than last year, and Rafael - the same. Considering that Nadal refused to participate in Galle, he will definitely come up to Wimbledon in the rank of fifth racket in the world - and given last year's unsuccessful performance on the grass, he is unlikely to be seeded higher than Ferrer.

All finals of Rafael Nadal at the Grand Slam tournaments:
Roland Garros-2005. Rafael Nadal - Mariano Puerta - 6: 7 (6: 8), 6: 3, 6: 1, 7: 5.
Roland Garros-2006. Rafael Nadal - Roger Federer - 1: 6, 6: 1, 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 4).
Wimbledon-2006. Rafael Nadal - Roger Federer - 0: 6, 6: 7 (5: 7), 7: 6 (7: 2), 3: 6.
Roland Garros-2007. Rafael Nadal - Roger Federer - 6: 3, 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4.
Wimbledon 2007. Rafael Nadal - Roger Federer - 6: 7 (7: 9), 6: 4, 6: 7 (3: 7), 6: 2, 2: 6.
Roland Garros-2008. Rafael Nadal - Roger Federer - 6: 1, 6: 3, 6: 0.
Wimbledon-2008. Rafael Nadal - Roger Federer - 6: 4, 6: 4, 6: 7 (5: 7), 6: 7 (8:10), 9: 7.
Australian Open-2009. Rafael Nadal - Roger Federer - 7: 5, 3: 6, 7: 6 (7: 3), 3: 6, 6: 2.
Roland Garros-2010. Rafael Nadal - Robin Söderling - 6: 4, 6: 2, 6: 4.
Wimbledon 2010. Rafael Nadal - Tomas Berdych - 6: 3, 7: 5, 6: 4.
US Open-2010. Rafael Nadal - Novak Djokovic - 6: 4, 5: 7, 6: 4, 6: 2.
Roland Garros-2011. Rafael Nadal - Roger Federer - 7: 5, 7: 6 (7: 3), 5: 7, 6: 1.
Wimbldon-2011. Rafael Nadal - Novak Djokovic - 4: 6, 1: 6, 6: 1, 3: 6.
US Open-2011. Rafael Nadal - Novak Djokovic - 2: 6, 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 3), 1: 6.
Australian Open-2012. Rafael Nadal - Novak Djokovic - 7: 5, 4: 6, 2: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5), 5: 7.
Roland Garros-2012. Rafael Nadal - Novak Djokovic - 6: 4, 6: 3, 2: 6, 7: 5.
Roland Garros-2013. Rafael Nadal - David Ferrer - 6: 3, 6: 2, 6: 3.


And a few hours earlier, the women's doubles final took place in Paris, in which Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova played against Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci . The Russians, who teamed up a little over a year ago, during this time managed to achieve excellent results - last year's titles in Beijing and the Kremlin Cup, the finals in Madrid and Rome-2012, the Australian Open-2013 semi-finals, the Roland Garros and Wimbledon quarterfinals ... Now for the first time made it to the final of the Grand Slam tournament, where they met Errani and Vinci for the fifth time. This Italian duo defeated the Russians in the already mentioned finals of Madrid and Rome, in the quarterfinals of last year's Roland Garros and in the semifinals of the last Australian Open. In short, the statistics were on the side of the reigning champions and the first rackets of the world - and the six finals lost by Vesnina at the Grand Slam tournaments (three in women's doubles and three in mixed doubles) hardly added confidence.

However, in reality a slight advantage was on the side of the Russians. They played well at the reception, constantly fought, and if the Italians managed to defend the serve, then with great difficulty. Sarah and Roberta looked somewhat tired (first of all, of course, Errani, who reached the semifinals in singles), and the balls that had become quite heavy because of the rain at night and the cool (about 15 degrees Celsius) weather were hardly in their hands ... In the first game, Elena and Ekaterina took the lead three times with a break, but the Italians instantly recouped each time - including when the score was 4: 5. In a word, there was a stubborn struggle, but the first rackets of the world had only one real chance to lead with a break - at 3: 2, when they missed three break points. For the rest, the Russians were always ahead, and, having led the break for the fourth time, they finally retained the advantage, taking the serve on the set at zero.

In the second game Vesnin and Makarova played even better and more actively. Ekaterina was quite stable on the back line, and Elena played great on interception at the net. At the beginning of the set, the Russians took two games in a row to zero, after which they brought their advantage in the fight to a very significant 4: 1. Of course, it could not do without mistakes, but the rivals did not act in the best way either. The Russian couple played the ending very confidently, having won a well-deserved victory - 7: 5, 6: 2. Thus, Elena won her first title at the Grand Slam tournaments in her career, and Ekaterina - the second (after the US Open-2012 in a mixed double with Bruno Suarez ). Note that the only preAfter the defeat of Errani and Vinci, the Brian brothers remained tenants for the Grand Slam this season after defeating Michael Llodru and Nicolas Mayu in the tiebreak of the decisive set.

Last year we also played here with Errani and Vinci, and then we lost 4: 6 in the decisive set. The match itself was similar to the first set, and to the second too. It's just that this time we drew conclusions and played differently at the decisive moments - Vesnina said after the victory.

Yes, then we lost the first set 5: 7, while at 5: 4 we served. We had chances, but we did not use them and were upset. And here we tuned in for each rally, because any ball was hard to get. We tried to put pressure on them again and again, and we succeeded - this is already Makarova's comment.

This is how the last 15th game day of Roland Garros-2013 ended. Already on Monday, the matches of the main draw of three grass tournaments will start - men's in London and Halle, and women's in Birmingham. In parallel, the women's competition in Nuremberg will take place on the sand, but in general, next month, of course, belongs to grass, not clay tennis.

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